George Cameron died over the weekend of cancer. He was 70 years old and you’ve probably heard him singing many, many times as the lead singer of the 60’s band known as “The Left Banke”. When I heard he’d died, I started thinking about the strange career of the band. They utilized baroque string arrangements in their music, prompting the press to label them as Baroque Rock or Bach Rock. They had two big hits, “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina” both in 1966. That’s when their story gets strange… their record label, Smash Records, for some strange reason assembled a new group and sent them out on tour as The Left Banke to promote the recently released album recorded by the real Left Banke… a court battle ensued with the real guys winning. Over the years a lot of reunions have occurred, a lot of different musicians have been involved, and the band actually toured off and on up until this year, although I doubt that will continue now. By the way, band members have included a young Michael McKean (Lenny on the TV show LaVerne and Shirley), and a very young Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith). The story is much longer, but I capsulized it for today’s blog.
Anyway, rest in Peace George Cameron (2nd from right in photo).
Photo of album cover by Smash Records