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The Treniers

Formed in 1947

This Jump Blues and R&B group comprised of:

Milt Trenier (b. 19th January 1930, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.)

Claude Trenier (b. Claude Oliver Trenier, 14th July 1919, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. d. 16th November 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.)

Cliff Trenier (b. Clifton L. Trenier, 14th July 1919, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. d. 2nd March 1983, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.)

Buddy Trenier (b. 11th December 1913, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. d. 15th March 1999, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.)

Eugene Gilbeaux

Henry (Tucker) Green (drums)


Don Hill

The Treniers were formed in 1947.

They played several R&B based genres, including Rock N”Roll and Swing.

The group’s sound found it’s inspiration in Jimmie Lunceford's ‘Rhythm Is Our Business’, performed in the 1930s.

The Treniers are said to have influenced Bill Haley and Comets and The Shadows in the U.K. in the late Fifties.

As the Fifties developed, the Treniers developed more of an R&B influenced sound.

Credited for the emergence of Rock N’Roll in the mid Fifties in some quarters, the Treniers appeared on the Colgate Comedy Hour in 1954.


jerry lewis on drums with the group in 1954

The show was hosted by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with Jerry playing drums on one song.


the treniers on t.v. - 1955 / popcorn man - 1972 / rockin is our business - 1983 / cool it baby - 1988

The Treniers featured in the films ‘The Girl Can't Help It’ and ‘Don't Knock the Rock’.

In 1955, the group released the song ‘Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)’ relating to the baseball player Willie Mays.

This song is featured on the soundtrack to the Ken Burns 1994 documentary ‘Baseball’.

The Treniers recorded many songs over the years, including , 'Go! Go! Go!,' 'Good Rockin' Tonight,' 'The Moondog,' 'Hey, Little Girl,' 'Devil's Mambo,' 'Old Woman Blues,' 'Rockin' Is Our Business,' 'Hi-Yo Silver,' 'Taxi Blues,' 'Cheatin' On Me,' and 'I'd Do Nothin' But Genre,' 'Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song),' 'Get Out Of The Car,' and 'Bald Head'.

The Treniers still perform to this day, despite some family members passing away.

Buddy Trenier died in 1999 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. He was 85.

Claude Trenier died in November 2003, at the age of 84, from cancer.

By 2013, surviving member Milt Trenier still performs in Chicago.

The Treniers

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The Treniers on TV (Epic Records 1955)

Popcorn Man (TT Records 1972)

Rockin' Is Our Business (Edsel Records 1983)

You're Killin' Me (Dr. Horse Records 1985)

Cool It Baby (Bear Family Records 1988)

Hey Sister Lucy (Bear Family Records 1988)

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