Listening to some of my homemade 60s music cd's that I put together I found that
I put Navy Blue on just about everyone of them and had to do some checking into
whatever happened to one of my favorite singers with the most beautiful voice
and found your site. I just had to send a little note to say hello and I hope
things are going well for you.
I am from Japan. I love you Diane. I have all of your records in Japan. I am very excited when I found your song in You tube. I am very happy to find you after long time.
I just found your website. All I can say is Wow!
I've lived in the Windy City all my life and have always been a fan of pop music as long as I can recall. I remember so well when "Navy Blue" was popular. That was in 1964, when the Beatles invaded our shores! You must have been so proud to be in the top ten at the same time that they were in the top ten! I've heard "Navy Blue" so many times and I will never get tired of it. It's an amazing song and you do an amazing job singing it. I like "Kiss Me Sailor" just as much. And to watch you singing both of those songs in front of those veterans, that is just fabulous.
I know that you have brought so much joy to Nay-Yay-Vee men over the years. I served three years in the Arm-Arm-Mee. My cousin George served in the Navy and he has raved about your record often when we've spoken.
Your website is super and you are too. I love the Fan page. I am looking at it now as I write this. I hope that you'll consider putting this message on the page because I am a fan indeed and will always be.
Best wishes to you for a very good year.
Jeremy L. Pender
Hello Ms. Diane,
I am only 29 years old and was nowhere near alive when your Awsome songs were on the radio. I live in Houston and back in 1995 there was an oldies radio station that would always play "Navy Blue" on the radio. Being only about 12 it was strange for a boy to sing to that song ha ha ha. Last night I decided to look up who sang the song and learned that it was you. I also discovered some new gems that I've never heard before. To you they might be old, but to me they are the first time I hear them and I love them. Like "Kiss Me Sailor." It's incredible what a song can do to a person. I am truly an overnight fan. I posted a video of you from youtube on my facebook page so that people can hear your songs. I must admit I am in love with you now. Now for a woman to do that to a gay man is something else ha!
Your new fan,
I'm sorry this is 48 years too late but I just have to tell you that you had an effect on my life.
Thanks to an AM 740 Toronto, Canada radio deejay who played "Kiss Me Sailor" on his Friday Nite Bandstand show, it brought back memories of you and "Navy Blue" which he still plays also. I drained more batteries in my transistor radio waiting to hear "Kiss Me Sailor" in 64, 65 and 66 - when I was 16.
The Viet Nam war was started then in 68-69. I was going to get drafter so "Kiss Me Sailor" made my mind up. I was going in the U.S. Navy See Bees - well when the time came I found out I wasn't going to be smart enough for Sea Bees.
So I had to enlist in U.S. Army. I got to go to NCO Academy with the prize of going to Viet Nam.
So in 71 and 72 that's where I was. Hated every minute but got back okay and retired from my job this week at 62.
Thinking back 71-72 was my most exciting years in my life and it's not as bad as I thought it was then but I do remind my U.S. representatives of any goofy ideas they get on war.
I watch all your videos at the library on YouTube. It seems like yesterday.
Loved your recordings...I was 16...17...18...impressionable ages...you helped me through those times with some great music. TY!
Dear Miss Diane Renay,
I am very glad that you have a fan page so I can actually write to you. I was born in the late 40s and was 15 when "Navy Blue" and "Kiss Me Sailor" were hits. I loved those records so much and I still do. I remember that when "Navy Blue" became a huge smash hit, the country was just becoming aware of four guys from England known as the Beatles. I have lived just outside of Cleveland all my life, presently in South Euclid, and back in 1964 my favorite radio stations were playing almost nothing except the Beatles and your recording of "Navy Blue." I wish I could go back to those wonderful days when music was so much simpler and so much more enjoyable. I love my three grown sons dearly but I can't quite get as much into the music that they enjoy. When two of them talked about Black Eyed Peas this past weekend when we got together, I thought they were referring to something that they wanted me to cook for them. It turns out that were referring to a rock group!
I just found your website today by accident. I love the shimmering "Navy Blue" image and the video of you singing it at a live performance. I remember seeing you on "Shindig." I may be mistaken but I don't think you sang "Navy Blue." But I did enjoy whatever you sang a lot.
It would not surprise me if most of your fans are guys. But I want you to know that there are many girls like me who appreciate you as well. My favorite girl singers of the 60s are Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee, Dusty Springfield and, of course, you Diane Renay.
Sue Ann Donnelli
South Euclid, OH
Your 2 big songs were huge hits here in Australia too, "Kiss Me Sailor"
and "Blue Navy Blue" became the theme songs for the Australian Navy and
Merchant Mariners, along with 'Lolitas' song
'Sailor'. I am thrilled to see you are still performing, (and looking
absolutely gorgeous!) Your contribution to the great music of the 20th
century is indisputable. These songs sound as if they were recorded
such is their musicality and quality. Thanks for thrilling so many
millions of us Aussies too!! Much love.
Byron Bay, Australia
My name is Al and I am 36 and was born in the wrong era! My mom gave me a Fisher-Price record player when I was 6 along with a Marvelettes and an Orlons album stuck in the same sleeve, The Fleetwoods' Greatest Hits, and Diane Renay-Navy Blue. I still have that album and would just like to let you know just how many years of enjoyment I have gotten out of it! My God-Father was in the Navy when it was released and was his favorite record. Since then, I have been collecting every 45 I can find of yours. I feel terrible that you and the other original singers dont make the money that you deserve for how many times I and all of my friends since I was a teenager in the 90's have listened to your songs. We live in Lorain, Ohio, and there is a really cool oldies station out here and my 9-year old step-daughter always requests "Kiss Me Sailor"!?! My favorite songs you sing are "A Present From Eddie" and "Troublemaker". I play them all the time, along with the rest. Just wanted to thank you for years of enjoyment from your records and let you know that you will always have fans of all ages!
hello miss renay,
i found your website listed on youtube so I decided to check it out.....talk about patriotic, those red, white and blue colors sure stand out.....i watched your video on your homepage where you performed for the veterans.....outstanding job.....i bet you and they were having the time of your lives.....i never served in the armed forces because of a serious medical situation that i've had all my life but my older brother tom was in the "nay-yay-vy" for four years....."navy blue" is his favorite record and one of my favorites too.....i like "kiss me sailor" too and you do a nice job on "soldier boy", i bet the shirelles would love it.....nobody can do "navy blue" as good as you, miss renay.
sincerely.....wayne jonathan standley
p.s. it's not definite but i believe i am a very distant cousin of a comedian named johnny standley who had a hit in the 50s called "it's in the book."
I was only 8 years old in 1969 so I wasn’t able to enjoy the music while the artist were creating them and I feel as if I have missed an important part of our history. I thoroughly enjoy the music from the 50’s and 60’s and you are one of my favorite artist. You have a wonderful, beautiful voice and I thank you for sharing it with all of us.
I wanted to let you know that your music and talent continues to be rediscovered by newer generations that enjoys the excellent talents of the 50’s and 60’s artist. I hope you continue to release new CD’s and I will definitely order the one you have on your site. I am excited to find out I will be able to get an autographed picture of you.
Good Luck and Best Wishes
Hello, Diane. I really think about your song Navy Blue often. I listen to Fifties on Five on Sat Radio daily. Navy Blue is the kind of song that sticks in your head and I certainly mean that in a positive way. Thankfully it plays a lot on that station. I looked you up on the internet and was happy I actually found you. I hope you're in good health. Thank you for the great memories of those good old days and have a great day, Diane!
George T. Farrell
Your cover version of "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"--which I have
listened to many times since just discovering it this year and recently
got a 45 of--is the stuff of female vocalist dreams. You should be
wrapped in roses (no thorns) and bathed in blue moonlight for recording
this wonderful disc.
All My Love To You,
David P. Johnson
Hi Diane! I love Blue Navy. I was in the Army.
WOW!!!!! You are still GREAT!!! Your live performance video is a tribute to all the Miltary. My Dad was a Lt. Col who flew the first jet and he told me years ago he met you at a reunion and?also Dorothy Lamour.
I was living in Norfolk VA, a Navy town, my Dad stationed there, when "Navy Blue" broke in 1964 and it was an absolute SMASH hit. It stayed at #1 on WGH for weeks and they must have played it every hour. It even knocked The Beatles out of the #1 spot.
Diane. You are so sweet! What a great song "Navy Blue" has always been to me! Come see us up here? in pretty New Hampshire some time!
Diane: In 1965 I graduated from High School during the time of the Viet Nam War. Back then when you turned 18 yrs. Of age, you could expect to receive your draft notice thru the mail. Since I did not want to wait to be drafted, I joined the US Air Force. Even though your song Navy Blue was not about the Air Force, I still enjoyed it and listened to it on the radio. About that time I met my future wife to be. Your music was great “Make Out” music. To make a long story short, after surviving the Viet Nam War, I married my future wife to be and this year we celebrated out 43rd wedding anniversary. We have two children, 6 grandchildren, and one great grandson. My wife and I will always remember all the times we spent making plans and talking about our hopes for the future, while listening to your music. You were a part of it.
Roger and Betty Strout
Just had to tell you , I was born in 64 and still can hear my sister singing me to sleep with "Navy Blue" all the time. My other sister was more twisted i think , she used to sing "Last Kiss" , kind of a strange lullaby .
I have heard navy blue for yrs, never had a vinyl copy of it. I used to hear it on the radio quite often on super gold and other oldies format shows . I still have all the records from when I grew up . I am 55 now , music is still a part of me . I used to try to find the record navy blue on the net , but could not find a copy of it in vinyl. I heard your song navy blue on mike harvey's super gold last week and wrote down the information he gave on it. I searched for it on the net, found your web site . I listened to all of what was there . I never saw you before, you are just great on stage. It is just like being back in time and you are there singing back in the 60's again . I want to order your cd , and listen to it . I think it is great to be able to hear other work you have done . Some artists have a few hits and drop out of site. Lesley Gore was one I always like her music too. Wish I could actually meet you, and talk with you. May god bless your life and give you many more yrs of entertaining people with you wonderful voice
Edward Allen Robb
Miss Renay, You are a very beautiful woman and I love your voice.
I was in 8th grade when I got a crush on your beautiful voice. I'm awed that you're as beautiful as your voice even 45 years later. Amazing. Best of all you're obviously just as beautiful on the inside and patriotic too. You deserve a medal for supporting the troops and veterans who put their lives on the line to keep our precious freedoms intact.
Love "Navy Blue" and the album it's from. It was one of my first 45's as a kid. I'm 33, so I wasn't alive when it was a hit, but I just love this kind of music.
Thank you for making such a memorable song, Diane.
I love this whole album and "Watch Out, Sally" and "Growin' Up Too Fast" are among my faves of yours as well!
Howdy from Texas,
HI, my name is Mike Ezell from a small town in Texas. I was born in 1946 so the music you produced in the 60’s were some of my favorites. I graduated high school in 1964. As part of a graduation celebration I accompanied a friend of mine to San Antonio, Texas for the HemisFair that was running at the time.
My friend's father owned several carnival rides and galleries which he leased out to carnival operators. He allowed Robby (my friend) and me to take a 22 shooting gallery to the HemisFair to operate and keep all the proceeds as a graduation present. It was a wonderful week for two 18 year old boys to be on their own and making money and having a great time.
There was a large auditorium on the fair grounds where different performers would perform nightly. During the day the hall was used for the performer to setup their equipment, sound test and practice. Robby and I being insiders would wonder in a watch and listen. On one occasion there was suppose to be a new English group there practicing called the Rolling Stones, so we went over to check out the weirdo, Beetle, wanna be’s.
When we got there a very cute, blonde girl was singing Blue Navy. I always wondered if that was you or someone singing your song. There was no one there announcing because it was practice.
So that is my question. Where you in San Antonio in 1964 for the HemisFair? It’s still one of my favorite songs.
We did get to see the Rolling Stone practice and didn’t like them very much at the time. lol
Thanks for all the good times
Yes, that was me ... thanks for your nice comment!
Thank you so much! I used to sing Navy Blue to my Papa who was in the navy :) I love these songs.
Ive been on your website and oh the memories it brings back! And you still look and sound great. I know all the words to both of your songs by heart.
Ms. Lane W. Tyler
Blue Navy Blue was and remains one of my favorite songs. Thanks for the song and the memories!
I still love it.
I did not realize until today that you are beautiful as well.
Don't know if you still perform but if you do please let me know. I live in Dallas but we travel a lot.
As we say here in Texas, Salud y pesetas!
You were and are every young man's fancy. I have everything ever recorded by you and tons of pictures.
I hope your life is as happy as you have made mine.
I am sure you do not remember me, but I was the young sailor
that you pulled up on the stage while you sang "kiss me sailor" and
"blue navy blue". Finding that you are still alive and performing was a
pleasant surprise to me.
Good luck and good performing for a long beautifully life.
Habaneros - Not Just for snorting anymore!
Hello Diane, just wanted to say that i love the song's Navy Blue, Kiss me Sailor, and Bell Bottom Trousers.
My grandmother who married a Sailor in 1964 told me about them and they are awesome. Would love to see you perform them in Norfolk/ Virginia beach!!
Have a great day!!
- Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Donovan
Diane you are absolutely fabulous!!
Blue Navy Blue & Kiss Me Sailor are two of my favorite songs of all time and I play them often!!
Hang out on my channel sometime! We'll have a party!
You are such a good singer! I love your song Navy Blue! :-D
You have such a beautiful powerful voice. I love the oldies. I could so fall in love with you ladies
of the oldies... Heheheh... You are still so beautiful... *Heart beats* ...
I love you Diane.. Beautiful song... Blue, Navy Blue
Seeing you perform for all those veterans ... Man makes me feel 18 again
Wow! I think I was named after you! My Dad was a Sailor, USCG USS Admiral Byrd Expedition!
Your music is beyond fabulous! I love this music, I love love love the Oldies!!! I bet I lived
then in a past life even though I was born in 1955!!!
Diane Farren Lex :o) XO
Diane my dear, I think that I love you honey. God Bless your precious heart.
All I can say is I wish I would have had a girl like you waiting for me when I got out of the Navy,
even though it was just a song you sang.
"Navy Blue" was the very first 45 I ever bought. I drove my mom crazy playing it over and over.
Diane! You are sooo fantastic!! I wanted to see you in person in the 60's as Navy Blue is one of my faves, but, unfortunately, it never happened. I love you more than Cher!! XXX
Adorable performance on "Shindig...thanks Diane for sharing it on YouTube.
A brief note to tell you your record 'Navy Blue' was played on the radio here this morning. Not on a minor local radio station, but the most popular station in Britain.
On a Saturday morning we have a two hour show presented by veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew called 'Sound Of The Sixties'. He met all the leading singers and groups back in the 1960's, including one of my favourites Eddie Cochran.
'Sounds Of The Sixties' is broadcast on the RADIO TWO channel of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). RADIO TWO has the highest listening figures of any radio channel in Britain.
Kind Regards, Bob Bridger
Diane, you had it all. I bought KISS ME SAILOR when it was released, your follow-up to Navy Blue.
Came upon your website by mistake and I am glad I did! I really didn't know that you are still out there singing, but that's a good thing. Being from the Jersey shore, it's always great to see and hear that a "Philly girl" can still nail it. I'll be back to your site many times in the future. Nice to talk to you and meeting you again!
I joined the Navy in 69 and spent 12 years traveling the world. Yes, it's true, sailors still love you.
Regarding "Troublemaker": My ears hear a sound and style from at least a year before your M~G~M output.
Fantastic track! There's a lot more to you than just 'Navy Blue' as you have recorded quite a nice catalog
of material and not a clunker in the bunch. You are nothing short of a class act.
Humble and very appreciative of your fans to this day.
I love your 60s sound. All I ever heard as a young child, in small town western Canada, was your monster hit "Navy Blue" and its follow-up "Kiss Me Sailor", all that made the hit parade on the nearby Calgary's station. I LOVED those songs, and would thrill over them when they'd play "flashback" during the years after.
I've since discovered your wealth of groovy music, fine pop tunes as catchy as they're wildly individual.
My favourite is "The Company You Keep". Tough beat, jolly instrumentation, getting one involved and happy, then there's that change of octave that flings the listener MAD toward the song's finale. My god, Diane, that should've been a HUGE hit. (The "northern soul" folk over in Britain sure think so -- that song is adored.)
Anyway, just a thank you note from someone who loves the exquisite textures of 1960s music, to an artist who added her gorgeous hue to that tapestry.
Just wanted to say that you really had some great tunes. It's nice to be able to tell you so.
I have recently been exploring lost & found girl group songs through a library that really has a lot of them.
Yours are very good. You can really belt out a tune. My favorite is "Watch Out Sally".
You are too cool Diane Renay. Here's to you, and your generation of pop music!
It has today's pop music beat, hands down!
HI Diane! im a fan of yours from way back and i recently saw your website and i think it is so great to have
for all us fans! the snap shot gallery is such a treat! i am so glad you are still performing!
you look and sound like a million BUCKS
your fan russell quan
hello miss diane,
i'm one of your millions of fans around the world, i'm from the dominican republic
and your fan since 1968.
I've always loved the song Navy Blue.. That song came out when i was 7 yrs old... and my sister had a copy of it and i played that record til it wore out i think.......My sister used to get mad at me because i would play it over and over again.....Now i'm 52 and i still love that song.......brings back alot of memories...You were (and still are) a great singer....
Hey there Ms.Renay! How are you doing today? Hope all is well with you. I am sending you this message today to say how much I admire listening to your music; you are one of my favorite singers from the 1960s. Some of my favorite songs would be, "Navy Blue," "Watch Out Sally!", and "Kiss Me Sailor." You are a pure treasure and may your work never ever fade away into the background, as you are absolutely amazing. Keep up the great work and take care.
I'm a home girl from South Philly too! I've met Danny and Joe from Danny and The Juniors, Jerry Blavat, Justine Carelli and Arlene Sullivan, etc., etc., etc. It was a great place to be back in the day! I've always loved your "Navy Blue"! You are really gorgeous!
I listen to you and your music since we were kids, and to this day I would like to know if you are the Diane Renay from Lincoln High school-and hung are with Maureen Gray that went to Frankford High school. You probably wouldn't remember but we went to a few parties back in the early 60's, I am a Doo-Wop and oldies nut and still have a jukebox from the 60's and the very first song (A-1) is Blue Navy Blue- pick that 45rpm up at WoolWorths 5&10 and had it ever since. Well God bless & thanks for listening.
One of my earliest memories is hearing Blue Navy when I was a kid...I
have a few of your songs on my Ipod....whenever it randomly hits your
songs,its like hitting three sevens on a slot machine! Boy,would I love
to see you perform! Your are great,Mitch Launer
My wife and I just LOVE "Navy Blue" !!!
I'm only 54, so I don't remember this great song from my preteen years when I listened to WHB in Kansas City
on my transistor radio at night in bed in in Leon Iowa. My first memories of America's pop music
began with the mid-early Beatles and my research shows that Navy Blue came out a little earlier.
What a great loss for me!
But a friend of mine gave me a homemade CD with Navy Blue on it for Christmas and I've loved it since the very
first time I heard it. Sometimes I play it over and over again. I think it really captures
the essence of the sound of that time in America.
Every one of our friends that we've played it for are all taken with it too.
I sent a copy to my son in New York and they all love it too.
I got onto your website through the link on the Wikipedia article about you.
Now I live in Smith Center Kansas and I'm getting old. It's great to know you're still singing!
We send you Love and Energy,
- Mary and Steve Sassmann
To Diane Renay
My name is Deb, and I totally love all your music.
I know that you probably don’t ever get a chance to read all the letters from all your fans,
but I figured I would write to you anyway. I am in grade 8 and my Dad has been teaching me to play
acoustic guitar for almost a year now. He is a great teacher and a great dad.
He has promised to get me an electric guitar for a graduation gift in June.
My Dad loves your music too, and he has all your music. He is going to teach me one of your songs.
I want to do something nice for my Dad this year for Fathers Day.
Since he collects autographs, I was hoping that there was some way I can get your autograph to give him.
Dad says I am too young for eBay, but I do work every Sunday afternoon at the hockey rink,
and would be able to pay for it.
I love you alot and I really hope to hear from you.
Your Music Pal.
Ps… Dad's name is James
I'm a great fan of you.
All the best for you.
I popped a 60's cd in my car today and one of the songs that came on was "Kiss Me Sailor".
Wow that brought me back to my childhood, I think I was about 12 or 13 when that came out.
I remember I used to look at the cover of your album and think how beautiful you were.
I googled you and found your website.
I just want to say thanks for the great website, I learned a lot about you,
I never knew that you had so many songs!!
Thanks also for the memories of a time when my life was simple and a song was put into my heart forever!
I'm definitely going to be purchasing your cd.
Oh and you look fantastic too!!!
New York City
Hello Miss Renay.
I just wanted to write you an email telling you how much I love your song Navy Blue.
I first heard it when my friend Jonathan (who happens to be a Sailor aboard the USS Kitty Hawk) told me
to download it. Ever since then I have absolutly LOVED it.
Jonathan is a good friend of mine and the song makes me think of him.
Our distance happens to keep us apart but we keep in touch daily.
Navy Blue happens to be my Myspace page song.
I am 24 years young and love the good old oldies.
Thank you for the great music.
I hope this email finds you well.
Ashleigh Kayann Muller
I don't know if you remember me, my name is Linda Krebs.
My father and your father Ed were in the jewelry business together.
My father name was Howard Krebs.
My dad passed away in 1985.
My mother (Tess) is still alive and doing great.
I have a really nice picture of you standing next to my brother Howard, at our home in Bellmawr.
Howard was in the army with his uniform on. My brother Howard also passed away in 1989.
I remember I was the best dressed kid in school, because your mother gave me all your clothes that you
no longer used. That was great and something I never forgot.
I just wanted to drop you a line, our family talk about your family a lot.
We had a monkey and we talk about a story involving your mother with the monkey all the time.
Dear Miss Diane Renay,
Hello My name is James and I'm 19, let me just start by saying that I love your music.
Especially your song Growin' Up Too Fast.
I make dolls from felt and have made several dolls representing girl groups like the Ronettes, Shangri-Las,
and Shirelles. And for my second set I wanted to showcase the solo artists that dominated the charts
in the sixties, when the ever so great girl group sound was still prominant.
And you were my first of my set of solo artists like Lesley Gore, Little Eva, Linda Scott, and others.
I gave you a picture of the doll and I hope you like it. Have a lovely day and keep on singin!
Lots of love!
Wow! Knock me over with a feather.
When I was growing up, your songs were very special for me: I graduated high school in 1965 and got drafted
into the Army in 1967. I ended up spending 14 years in the Army and it really made a difference in my life
-- just like your songs did. My girlfriend and I used to play your songs (and sing along with you)
before I left back to duty from my leaves.
I wish you every success and hope that you will be able to continue to support our servicemen
-- both present and past.
Thanks again for your attention and care for our servicemen.
I recently retired with 33 1/2 years of service in the military.
I split my service evenly between the USAF and Army.
I served most of my time as a combat medic.
I enjoy all your songs including Blue Navy, and Kiss me Sailor.
I have had cousins in the USMC,Navy,and Coast Guard.
I served from the Vietnam era and did see combat and was wounded once lightly, no Purple heart as it was
My dad ,uncles,and grandfathers served in WW II as medics,sailors,infantry,and flyers.
I flew medevacs and air ambulances.
I enjoy your music and I heard them when I was a teen age.
Your songs boosted our familys morale when they were soldier.
We thank you from our hearts and we think your one hot entertainer.
Thank you very much for thinking of my brothers and sisters who currently serve too.
SSG.Rick "Doc" Borenstein
Combat Medic Retired
Just wanted to say hello and I hope you and yours are doing well.
I was listening to songs on my mp3 player and looking at info on Wikipedia when your song "Navy Blue"
started playing and I entered your name and looked at your site. So i thought I would drop you a line.
If I sit long enough and listen, "Kiss Me Sailor" should come up!
Take care and keep on singing with that beautiful voice of yours!
Richard S Parker
I'm at 27 year old computer tech from Connecticut. I recently saw some music on a friend's laptop
while I was cleaning it out and came across Navy Blue, which was a song I've never heard before.
Having grown up listening to oldies, and still a huge fan of them,
I'm very surprised that I never heard it before.
Nevertheless, I just wanted to say hi and that I think it's a great song that is now a regular in my work mix.
First I will tell you that I was either a Freshman or Sophomore in high school
(Manila High School, Arkansas, Home of the Mighty LIONS!) when I first heard
Navy Blue. I fell in love with that song and your other songs. I love your rendition
of Soldier Boy! Of course we were the "kids" during Nam and many friends went
there (we lost three from our little town of about 2500 at the time), so the songs
about our Soldiers were and still are dear to my heart!
I happened to be looking for oldies at YouTube and came upon your songs and
the appearance you did for the VFW, which by the way, was great! Really
enjoyed that and the choreography you did with it and having the Commander
come up on stage with you. You have such a rapport with audiences!
Just wanted to let you know that we are STILL OUT HERE! LOL... and to say
Thank You, Diane Renay, for the many happy moments you gave to millions of
teenagers of the Sixties and the dear Soliders who deserved it so very much!!
And thank you now, for reminding of those wonderful days in the USA of being
a teenager, and for making some laughter, tears, and joy return listening to your
music and fabulous voice!
Making your website a Favorite and planning to order your music!
God bless you, Diane!
Deb Donner, teenager of the Sixties
Hello to one of my favorite voices from the golden era of Rock and Roll! I finally got around to checking out
your web site and enjoyed the photos very much! What fabulous memories you have, being a part of the
best musical era ever.
Saw you once in person on the Ed Hurst show on the Steel Pier. You were really something back then!
Just wondering if you ever appeared on the Public TV oldies shows,
I have not caught all of them and would love to see you perform on that venue.
I spin oldies on occasion down at our 55 + mobile home park in Tarpon Springs, FL. Must admit that "Tender" is my favorite Diane Renay song, still have the original ATCO disk, and it still gets me in a romantic mood dancing to it. Your heartfelt recitation on the recording really stands out and should have made this a top ten song, always wondered what happened there.
It got airplay in the Lehigh Valley where I was raised.
Hope you are in good health and happy.
Many thanks for your recordings,
Tarpon Springs, FL
Hey Miss Diane,
It all started when I wanted 'Navy Blue'...Got a copy from the local library....Google'd your name....found
your website....found the e-mail link....well, that's how I got here!
Navy Blue - This was a great song....I liked it a whole lot....but it's was my sister's hot-hot song....Let's
see...yeah, OK....I got a few years on me.....57 actually....but I did want to drop you just a
short message.....You had to have had such a whirlwind life in those early years....you started
so young....But, you have memories that most wish they had.....and I hope they are all good ones for
you Diane....I looked at your web photos....nice pics.....lot's of interesting people in your life....
Anyways....I won't keep you....I just wanted to say "Thanks" for providing me one of
those special memories that I have in my life.....that of my sister singin' your song....and
dancing around like teens did....at least in those days.... :-)
Take care, God bless.....
Hello, Miss Renay:
I have loved your song "Navy Blue" since I was 12 years old when it
first came out. Imagine my shock when I heard the song the other day on
an oldies station and the disc jockey said it was by Lesley Gore! I
have since discovered that your song is on the web in a few places (such
as imeen.com) but attributed to Ms. Gore. I have also heard that there
is a CD compilation out there that also attributes your song to Lesley
Gore. Are you aware of any of this? I think it's a crime! How does
something like this happen?
Very best wishes.
Dear Miss Renay,
I'm sure you've always been aware of the special place your work has had in the hearts of servicemen,
but I wanted to share a story with you.
I'm 24 and in the Navy.
I've been dating my girlfriend, Sarah, for more than a year now.
A few months ago, we were up together at two in the morning packing my seabag for a deployment at sun-up.
We were working in silence when one of us had the bright idea to turn on the tiny radio in the kitchen.
Barely a minute passed before 'Navy Blue' started playing.
I stopped packing when I realized I had never heard the song before.
I leaned in closer, turned it up, and my jaw hit the floor.
I turned to Sarah and just looked into her eyes until the song finished. When it was over, we both were crying.
I had never been touched in such a powerful way before, and I doubt it will ever happen again.
Sadly, I never figured out who you were until today, when a fellow sailor pulled me aside to share
your song with me. I recognized it instantly and was overjoyed to hear it and learn your name.
Imagine my surprise yet again when I learned minutes ago that we're both from Philadelphia!
I'm an instant fan, Diane. Sarah and I will always remember you for giving us that one fantastic moment
together that is sure to last a lifetime.
Christopher Okula, Petty Officer 2nd Class
Miss diane renay
My name is Hirofumi Kikuta I'm Japanese man 29 year-old
I live in Tokyo now
I like 50's-60's song I often these sing song at KARAOKE BOX
Nowadays I went to Pub(Bar) with my friend
I heard some music then "blue navy blue I..." but I don't know song name.
then I reserched Internet(google) "blue navy" and I find This web site!!
I bought NAVY BLUE from Amazon(America)
I really happy! I get at this CD
I like particularly NAVY BLUE and KISS ME SAILOR
I'll be rooting for you. Keep it up
Dear Miss Renay,
I just heard your interview on Sirius Radio and was moved to write to you...
I'm a United Methodist pastor, married 27 years, have one child,
and was born in 1952 (these facts are not not to bore you, but to give you a brief idea of
who this stranger is who is writing you.)
Having had to conduct the funerals within the past year of a Marine corporal and an Army sergeant
who gave their lives in the War on Terror, it strikes me that what is so appealing about "Navy Blue"
and other songs from that time (in addition to your beautiful voice) is that these were
the last songs of innocence.
In the early '60's though there was fighting over there, the Vietnam War had not yet convulsed our nation,
and neither had drugs and all the other stuff that made the late '60's so tumultuous.
Hearing "Navy Blue" made me go back to a time (and yes, my childhood) when the world seemed at peace
and the harmonies of the songs back then were reflective of what seemed to be a harmonious time.
[Of course, as a child, things such as the Missile Crisis and racism did not really catch my attention!]
Your song makes me dream that perhaps such a time might come again, [yet this time harmony for all people]
and I just wanted you to know that your voice and your song still resonate today, all these years later.
I hope you are finding much blessing in your life.
First United Methodist Church
324 Miller Blvd.
Havelock, North Carolina 28532
Dear Ms. Renay,
Thank you for sending the CD I ordered from you, and for the autograph! It's a treasure!
Both CDs are fantastic, and I have to tell you; I love the updated version of "Navy Blue".
Also your version of "Over The Rainbow" is wonderful. I'm very touched by the story behind it.
[I too, have a daughter who's 22 now and she also loves to sing]
In my opinion, the music of the 60's is the greatest era of music in American history.
Thank you for being a part of something so GREAT!
And for sharing it with the world............I have been one of you fans for many years and
it's a very special opportunity for me to be able to type you this note to say "THANK YOU"
for all the wonderful music and memories.
If I live to be 100, I'll still be listening to your music. God Bless.
Dear Ms. Renay,
My name is Matt Corrado, and I'm 20 years old.
I am writing to tell you that I am such a big fan of yours.
Although I'm only 20, I am very well educated when it comes to music from the 1950's and '60's.
"Blue Navy Blue" is such an awesome song.
My dad is actually the one who got me into this music.
He was a singer back in the 1960's, so music was always a big part of his life.
His name was Arnie Corrado, and he was signed by Columbia Records when he was 16 years old back in 1966,
the same label that you were under.
Charlie Callelo also arranged several of his songs, including "My World"
which was his first recording in 1967.
He even performed "My World" on the Clay Cole show in that same year,
the same show that Johnny Maestro sang "Worst That Could Happen."
Although he relased about 12 songs during his career, he unfortunately never had a hit record.
But he says it was the greatest time of his life; he had so many great experiences in the music industry.
Anyways, you may or may not remember his name, but I just thought it was cool that you both recorded
under the same label at practically the same time.
My dad said that if you heard his songs, you would be able to tell right away that they were arranged
Anyway, I really just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your music.
Your songs make me feel so happy everytime I play them, and that's what great music is all about.
You're so lucky to have been part of such a great generation,
I only wish that I could travel back in time and experience it for myself.
P.S. I plan on purchasing some of your autographed photos and CD's from your website.
haha.. miss diane renay,
it seems really ridiculous that i'm actually writing you!!!, but i stumbled
upon your site, saw your e-mail & couldn't resist! my name is michael. i
know only 4 of your songs (thus far) from a compilation, but i've always
totally admired your very lovely & aggressive voice!
also, i read your bio & am happily surprised to find that you grew up in
south philly !!! i had no idea. i'm in northern liberties in philly
presently. anyway, don't want to keep you, just wanted to say that i write
songs myself & have long admired your heavenly voice & endearing, attitude in singing!
certainly, i'll be ordering from you shortly! happy holidays & all ! thank
I am very happy to be able to write you.
I have liked your music and believe you have the qualities to have become even much bigger,
(and you are a very big talent, honest).
A unique voice, and really like no other.
It didn't hurt to be very pretty too in the business (you are that too, as well as today's pictures).
All those who love your music, (and you of course), are delighted to hear you are back,
no one can bring back the past, (we can bring back some of the feelings associated
with your wonderful musical talent and personality, we do love you diane, me too.
Thank you for your choice to sing and perform for those of us who love real talent, I wish you great health and many more years of
health, happiness and lalent. Hoping your family is well, and wishing you the best always.
One of your many, many, many fans.
With love and heart and soul, welcome back, you've been missed.
Dear Miss Renay,
Yesterday I recieved the two pictures and the CD I ordered.
I'm the guy who was worried that you may mis-spell my name. You didn't.. thanks so much.
I have hung your pictures and I'm wearing out your CD.
Gosh I love your music. They don't make em like you any more.
I sure would love to meet you one day, or even see you sing.
I know that performing must get old. But if you ever change your mind and sing again, I sure hope I'm there.
I will keep an eye on your Web Site to see if you ever plan another performance.
You're a dear sweet woman, and it's been a real honor to have written to you, and got mail from you.
I remain your faithful fan.
Respectfully, Lair Mueller
Hello! My name is Tess Hannah and I have to say I am a big fan. Although I am
24 years old, and have limited access to much of your music, I abseloutely
adore what I have heard. I first heard of you via this "girl group anthology"
double CD I got as a gift in 1999. "Watch Out, Sally!" and "Kiss Me, Sailor"
are two of my very favorites on the CD! Your voice stood out to me as unique
and amazing. I love to sing, and have been in a few bands (very underground,
local, poppy stuff) as a lead singer and have always wanted to start a girl
group with some of my mutual friends. I love that genre of music and I love
your songs! As soon as I can, I am going to get the new CD of which you speak
on your website!!!
Hi, Diane... Just wanted to let you know, I have an 18 year old niece who is engaged to be married soon.
Her fiance has - you guessed it - joined the nay-ee-ay-vee.
I said, "Oh Rachel, you have to get that song!"
She didn't have a clue what I was talking about, so I "sang" it for her... She just loved it!
Perfect for her and her fiance.
I will be ordering the new CD and hope the new remake version is as good as the good ol' original!
Thanks for your musical career and contributions!