RIP: Michael Brown and Andy Fraser

This week saw the passing of two musicians from the opposite ends of the rock spectrum, who each helped to create a timeless song that has left indelible mark on pop music.

Michael Brown was the man behind the classic piece of orchestral pop (maybe the first great baroque rock tune) “Walk Away Renee” the big Left Banke hit that he wrote when he was only 16.

Here is a lip-synch clip (courtesy of and youtube) that when the band was on Where The Action Is (what are the odds that I watched this episode?)

Andy Fraser was also a teen prodigy, joining John Mayall‘s band when he was 15. The story goes that he went to school with Alexis Korner (influential U.K. blues man and d.j.) who recommended Fraser to Mayall. He formed Free with Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Paul Kossoff (the first two later started Bad Company while Kossoff was a guitar wizard who died tragically young). Fraser come up with Free’s signature tune “All Right Now” when he was about 18.

Here is Youtube clip from a 1969 Australia performance

About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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