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The Del Renas

The Del Renas

Line up 1962: *

Derek Green - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

Ian Howe - Drums

Terry Fisher - Lead Guitar/Vocals

Brian James - Piano/Vocals

John Withy - Bass Guitar/Vocals


Possibly a different photograph to the above line up.

The Del Renas took their name from a Liverpool shipping company (Rena Del Mar) and first formed in 1958. The original line up was as follows:

Brian James - Piano, Brian Dean - Drums, Brian Young - Bass and Ray Walker - vocals, in early 1959 two more members joined the group, Derek Green - rhythm guitar and Terry Fisher - lead guitar.

Ray and the Del Renas as they were often billed at such venues as The Cavern, The Iron Door and Orrell Park Ballroom, were very popular. Ray sang in the style of Roy Orbison and Del Shannon with the group playing instrumentals such as Telstar and Red River Rock and were one of the first Merseyside outfits to feature an electric organ. In 1960, Brian Young, original bass player, left the group and was replaced by John Withy, on stage John teamed up with Brian James to sing harmonies similar to the Everly Brothers. Ray Walker and Brian Dean both left the group in 1962, Ian Howe joined as the new drummer, making it a five piece outfit. About this time they decided a change was now necessary and altered their act to incorporate more ‘rhythm & blues’ and ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ numbers, Brian James, Terry Fisher, John Withy and Derek Green all gave a hand with the vocals. In March 1963 they were offered work in Germany at The Star Club but, unfortunately, not all members were able to accept the offer.

The group featured on both ‘This Is Mersey Beat’ albums and continued as The Del Renas until they disbanded in early 1964, Derek Green, Terry Fisher and Ian Howe went on to form The Motifs and continued to play the Merseyside venues until they disbanded in 1966

When The Beatles returned from Germany in 1960, The Del Renas appeared with them at Litherland Town Hall, and, ironically, they also appeared with The Beatles on their last performance at The Cavern in 1963

Press ‘Play Button’ to listen to the original recordings.

When Will I Be Loved

Nashville Blues

Many thanks to Derek Peel of ‘MerseyCats’ for the photograph and information

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