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Diane Renay

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Diane Renay (born July 13, 1945), born Renee Diane Kushner, is an American pop singer, best known for her 1964 hit song, "Navy Blue".

Early life[edit]

Renay was born to a Jewish family in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She started singing at an early age and took voice lessons from Artie Singer, a voice teacher who also managed Danny and the Juniors (of "At the Hop" fame). Singer encouraged Renay to pursue a recording career. Renay attended Northeast High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).


Record producer/songwriter Pete DeAngelis was a frequent customer at the Kushners' family jewelry store, and Renay's parents arranged for her to audition for him. DeAngelis, impressed with her talents, got Renay signed to the Atco Records label. Under the new stage name Diane Renay, she released her first single, "Little White Lies", in 1962, but it failed to chart nationally, as did the follow-up, "A Dime a Dozen", and Atco dropped her from the label.

However, Bob Crewe, who had written and produced material for Renay's second recording session, then signed her to a new recording contract whereby he would write and produce records for her. Under Crewe's guidance and signed to the 20th Century label, Renay, then 17 years old, released her biggest hit, "Navy Blue", in late 1963. The song told the story of a girl, lonely for her steady boyfriend away from home in the U.S. Navy and anxious to see him again. "Navy Blue", composed by Crewe with Bud Rehak and Eddie Rambeau, became a national smash, reaching No. 6 on the Hot 100 on 14–21 March 1964, and soaring to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. The song was followed by Renay's debut album, also titled Navy Blue.

Renay's only other single release to crack the national Billboard chart was "Kiss Me Sailor", reaching number 29 later in 1964. Subsequent singles, including "Growin' Up Too Fast", "Watch Out Sally", "It's In Your Hands", and "Happy Birthday Broken Heart", were hits in certain local markets such as Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Miami,[1] but failed to break nationally. Renay moved to the Fontana label in 1969 and attempted a comeback with covers of "Yesterday" and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", but these also failed to chart. She did not record again until the early 1980s.

Renay remains active as a performer today and in 2001 released Diane Renay Sings Some Things Old and Some Things New, a double-CD compilation album of her work (including many previously unreleased tracks) from the 1960s through the 1990s.


Year Title Album details Peak chart positions




1964 Navy Blue 54 55


Year Title Label Catalogue


Peak chart positions Album




US AC Canada


1962 "Little White Lies"

b/w "Falling Star"

Atco 45-6240 Non-album singles
1963 "A Dime a Dozen"

b/w 'Tender"

"Navy Blue"

b/w "Unbelievable Guy"

20th Century Fox 456 6 6 1 7 Navy Blue
1964 "Kiss Me Sailor"

b/w "Soft Spoken Guy"

477 29 28 13
"Growin' Up Too Fast"

b/w "Waitin' for Joey"

514 124 23[2] Non-album singles
"It's In Your Hands"

b/w "A Present from Eddie" (from Navy Blue)

533 131
"Watch Out, Sally!"

b/w "Billy Blue Eyes"

MGM K13296 101 95
1965 "I Had a Dream"

b/w "Troublemaker"

"The Company You Keep"

b/w "Words"

New Voice 800
"Happy Birthday, Broken Heart"

b/w "Cross My Heart, Hope to Die"

1966 "Soldier Boy"

b/w "Words" (Non-album track)

813 Navy Blue
"Navy Blue" (reissue)

b/w "Unbelievable Guy"

20th Century Fox 45-6456
"Please Gypsy"

b/w "Dynamite"

United Artists UA 50048 Non-album singles
1968 "Can't Help Loving That Man"

b/w "It's Good Day For A Parade"

D-Man D-101
1969 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"

b/w "Yesterday"

Fontana F-1679

See also[edit]


  • Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 3rd edition, Macmillan, 1998.
  • Ruppli, Michel; Novitsky, Ed. The Mercury Labels. A Discography, Vol. V., record and artist indexes, Greenwood Press, 1993.
  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 5th edition, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1992.


  1. ^ Tim Warden. "ARSA | The Rocking Ghosts". Las-solanas.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  2. ^ "RPM Top 40-5s - June 29, 1964" (PDF).

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