The Treniers

The Treniers were an American musical group led by identical twins Cliff and Claude Trenier, with The Gene Gilbeaux Orchestra which included Don Hill on Saxophone, Shifty Henry and later James (Jimmy) Johnson on bass, Henry (Tucker) Green on drums and Gene Gilbeaux on piano, with the Treniers Twins and later additional Treniers brothers joining the group on vocals. The name was shortened to "The Treniers" and there were many other session musician and line up changes over the years. Active since the 1940s, they played a cross between swing and early rock n' roll. Though their sound is more swing influenced, the Treniers incorporated a thumping backbeat and copious songs that included the words "rock" and "roll" - "Rocking on Sunday Night" and "It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!", for example, and in the 40's were already playing "Rockin' Is Our Bizness," which was a reworded version of Jimmie Lunceford's "Rhythm Is Our Business" of the 1930s (the Trenier twins got their start playing in Lunceford's band). They were also known for the humorous content of many of their songs, and their on stage acrobatics were seen as precursors to the wild antics of many later rock and roll groups. Their lively stage presentation influenced The Shadows in the UK in 1959 and beyond. Details siehe:

It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!

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The Treniers on Night Music

The Treniers appear in a 1953 archival clip from Night Music.  

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rockin is our business

The Treniers, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the Colgate Comedy Hour (May 1954). The first rock'n'roll performance on national television.

Get Out Of The Car


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Rockin' on Sunday Night

Rockin' Is Our Bizzness, It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!