New York-based guitarist Tom Feher achieved a brief moment in the spotlight during the years 1967-1969 through his association with the Left Banke. His earliest official credit involving the band was co-authoring "Barterers and Their Wives," "What Do You Know," and "Ivy Ivy" with group co-founder Michael Brown, which were recorded early in 1967 for the group's first LP. Those songs revealed a wide range to Feher's compositions, from the elegant, so-called Baroque rock sound with which the Left Banke were usually associated, to straight-ahead rock & roll. Feher continued collaborating with Brown and together the two co-wrote "Desiree," an extraordinary single by the band, which somehow never became a hit. Somewhat ironically, Feher outlasted Michael Brown and joined the increasingly chaotic Left Banke lineup for the October 1968 sessions where they recorded his solo compositions "Goodbye Holly" and "Sing Little Bird Sing." Feher was also responsible for writing the group's final single, "Bryant Hotel." He was far less visible as a recording artist or songwriter in the years following the group's breakup, although in the late '70s and early '80s, he could be spotted performing in New York's Central Park as a singer/guitarist, trying to raise the consciousness of passersby about the environment and issues such as solar energy, and was publishing his own environmental/social activist newsletter.
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