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    (circa 1969- )
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Members have included: Keith Relf (guitar/vocals), Jane Relf (vocals), Jim McCarty (drums), John Hawken (keyboards), Louis Cennamo (bass), Annie Haslam (vocals), John Tout (keyboards), Jon Camp (bass) Michael Dunford (guitar), Terry Slade (drums), Terence Sullivan (drums)
    Recorded the songs 'Kings and Queens,' 'Innocence,' 'Mother Russia,' 'Carpet of the Sun,' and 'Northern Lights'
    Recorded the albums 'Renaissance,' 'Prologue,' 'Ashes are Burning,' 'Turn of the Cards,' and 'Scheherazade and Other Stories'
    Keith Relf and Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds formed the group, but it was not as popular as the other Yardbirds spinoff band.
    They had a lot of personnel changes.
    By their third album, all of their original personnel had left.
    They disbanded in the 1980s. Since then, various ex-members, including Haslam, Jane Relf, and Dunford, have tried to revive the Renaissance name.
    Several members of the original lineup recorded in the 1970s under the name Illusion.
    They blended rock with classical influences.
    Haslam has a five-octave vocal range.
    Their lyricist was a poet, Betty Thatcher, who received tapes of the band's music in the mail.
    Their single 'Northern Lights' was a top 10 hit in the UK.
    Their song 'Mother Russia' was inspired by the writer Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.

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