Michael Lookofsky (later to
adopt the ridiculously unpronouncable "Brown") was born in New-York. His
father Harry, owned a recording studio and encouraged his son to play and
compose on the piano.
You may remember him as the keyboardist
and mastermind behind the legendary Left Banke, whose stunning successes
with "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" made Michael, at age 15,
something of a classical rock genius.
Some years later, after the
brief Montage episode, came Michael's real second group: Stories, who
spent a few months charming audiences before releasing their first single "I'm
Coming Home" for their first national hit.
Stories was formed with
Ian Lloyd, guitarist
Steve Love, and drummer
Bryan Madey. Following the group's self-titled 1972 Kama Sutra label
debut, the mercurial
Brown abruptly resigned, at which point the remaining Stories recruited
Kenny Aaronson and pianist
Ken Bichel to record 1973's
About Us. "Brother Louie," a tale of interracial romance penned by
Errol Brown, hit number one that summer, but Stories never again
returned to the Top 40.
Brown, meanwhile, resurfaced in 1976, leading the short-lived
Beckies before spending the following decades out of the limelight.
The album has never been re-issued to this day on CD.
I did a transfer from my LP to cd-r in 2005 (with SoundForge
7.0), and i revamped the original
sleeve in order to get the pictures you can see