Hello, Diane Renay was born Renee Diane Kushner on July 13, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began singing early in life. Record producer Peter DeAngelis was impressed with her singing and Diane was signed to the Atco Records label. Her name was changed to what would be her stage name of “Diane Renay”. Her first single record was “LITTLE WHITE LIES”, in 1962, but it failed to chart nationally, as did her follow-up, “TENDER”, Atco dropper her from the label.
Bob Crewe, who wrote material and produced her second recording session, signed her to a contract with the 20th Century Record label. He would write and produce her records. Her first record for her new label became her biggest hit. On January 25, 1964 “NAVY BLUE” hit the Billboard record chart. The song told the story of a girl who was lonely for her boyfriend who was away from her and in the U.S. Navy. Diane Renay’s smash hit raced up the Billboard Hot 100 to #6 and enjoyed a 12 week stay on the chart. “Navy Blue” was such a big hit that it crossed over to the Adult Contemporary singles chart and became the #1 song.
She would follow-up her smash hit with “KISS ME SAILOR”. Her second hit record would debut in April of 1964 and reach #29 on the Hot 100 chart. She would remain on the chart for 8 weeks. Other releases would follow, “GROWING UP TOO FAST”-1964, “IT’S IN YOUR HANDS”-1964 and “WATCH OUT SALLY” also in 1964 would get air play in some markets but not enough to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1969 she attempted a comeback, but failed to chart any of her recordings. Diane has a fine website (http://www.dianerenay.com) and a double CD compilation album “Diane Renay Sings Some Things Old and Some Things New”. Every time I hear “Navy Blue” it brings back memories of the early ’60s when I served in the U.S. Navy and to the days of “The Golden Era of Rock and Roll”.