Stories was a pop/rock quartet with a flair for blue-eyed soul that became famous during the early 1970s. Formed in 1972 in New York City, the band's original members consisted of keyboardist Michael Brown (April 25, 1949 - March 19, 2015, b. Michael David Lookofsky), guitarist Steve Love, drummer Bryan Madey, and bassist/lead singer Ian Lloyd whose raspy, howling tenor was a large part of the group's distinctive sound. Brown was previously a member of The Left Banke and had served as that band's principle songwriter. Stories signed with Kama Sutra and released its self-titled debut album in 1972.
Stories debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1972 with the upbeat Michael Brown/Ian Lloyd penned "I'm Coming Home," a rollicking blues rocker featuring a jangly ragtime piano solo. Stories topped the charts in 1973 with their cover of the more somber "Brother Louie," a funky R&B ballad about an ill-fated interracial love affair written by Errol Brown and Tony Wilson of Hot Chocolate that was originally a Top 10 U.K. hit for the British R&B/soul/disco band. Stories followed this era-defining smash, which became gold-certified shortly after its release, with several minor hits: "Mammy Blue" (1973), "If It Feels Good, Do It" (1974), and "Another Love" (1974), the latter song with a chord progression similar to "Brother Louie" about bisexuality.
After a number of personnel changes, Stories finally split in 1974. Over its short history, the band recorded three albums and eight singles. Ian Lloyd later went solo and had a hit with "Slip Away" in 1979. An updated version of "Brother Louie" with lead vocals provided by Lloyd is used as the theme song for the TV sitcom, "Louie," starring comedian Louis C.K.
- Ian Lloyd discusses the making of "Brother Louie," how Stories got its band name, and other topics in an interview with Gary James of classicbands.com (ca. 2012).
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- Brother Louie 1973
(This song topped the charts.)
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