The Renowns began as an idea of Richie Cawthorne's back in 1962 while he was a sophomore in High School. He asked his good friend, Bob Moynihan, to join him and shortly thereafter Steve Laidley, Johnny Costanzo and Mike DeGregorio rounded out the group. After a year of practice around a piano at Richie's parents house, The Renowns began to perform throughout the New England area.
In the Spring of 1964 The Renowns were discovered and signed to a recording contract by Streke Records, and released their single, "Please Say That You Want Me". In 1965, with college and military obligations facing some, the composition of The Renowns changed. At that time, Ron Trigilio and Al D'Amico joined the group. The Renowns continued to perform until the end of 1966 at which time they disbanded.
In the Spring of 2003, Steve called Richie and said that he had run into Bob, and suggested that everyone get together for dinner. From that first dinner, a second one followed and, eventually, the idea for our CD, "Reunion", was born.
Sadly, after a few months of rehearsals, Al D'Amico took ill with cancer and passed away in March, 2004. After much discussion, everyone felt that Al would have wanted us to finish the CD; so, we asked Bill Rice to join the group.
This project has been a labor of love. "Reunion" brings back many of the old songs we knew back in the 60's featuring solos by Ron, Bob, Steve and Bill. In addition, it introduces four new songs written by Richie specifically for this CD.
The making of our "Reunion" CD has involved many hours of hard work, but also many, many laughs along the way. We are thankful for the opportunity to have been able to reunite and to create this CD. It is our hope that we bring to you as much enjoyment in listening to it as we had in creating it.