Donna Loren

American actor and singer Donna Loren

Donna Loren is a singer and actress. A very prolific performer in the 1960s, starting while still attending Venice High School in western Los Angeles, she was the Dr Pepper spokesperson from 1963–1968, prolific vocalist on ABC-TV’s Shindig, and a cast member of the American International Pictures Beach Party movie series. Loren regularly performed live, and appeared on numerous variety and musical shows. She guest starred on episodic television series including Dr.
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    Loren is currently working on new songwriting and recording projects, and a full memoir. Throughout 2015, Loren released YouTube videos as she relearnt 100 songs that she recorded and/or performed in the 1960s; a project that she has continued in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 65
    In 2013, Loren was part of the choir for the song “If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World),” which was written and produced by Dick Wagner to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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    She appeared and performed at the Monkees Convention in both 2013 (with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork attending) and 2014 (with Dolenz, Tork, and Michael Nesmith).
  • 2012
    Age 64
    She performed "One Night" at the 26th Annual Elvis Birthday Bash at the Echo in Los Angeles on January 8, 2012, and again performed at the 28th Annual Elvis Birthday Bash at the Echo on January 5, 2014.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    Loren accompanied the release of her new material with numerous appearances on radio shows, interviews, and public appearances. An article in Beverly Hills Courier in March, 2010 profiled her new work, beginning with "Donna Loren was the "It Girl" long before Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian hit the streets of Beverly Hills".
    The EP makes use of a number of themes related to Loren, Elvis Presley, Hawaii, and Hollywood. Loren explained on radio show The Sheena Metal Experience (LA Talk Radio) on November 4, 2010 the evolving of the concept:
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    In addition to "Merry Christmas Baby", Loren recorded "Loving You", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear", and "One Night". "Loving You" and "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" were both recorded in 2010, with a sample of "Loving You" appearing on Loren's blog two months prior to the release. "One Night" was recorded in the 1980s at Amigo Studios and, like many of the songs on her 2009 album Magic from these recording sessions, had not been previously released.
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    The song was followed by the release of Donna Does Elvis in Hawaii on November 15, 2010, an EP of her renditions of four Presley songs.
    On November 1, 2010 the single "Merry Christmas Baby" was officially released for download (having been pre-released in the Donna Loren Store on her website a few days before the official release).
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    In July, 2010, Loren released the dance-electronic "Eloquent" as a single to download.
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    In May, 2010, Loren released a medley of her Beach Party songs "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Muscle Bustle", "Love's a Secret Weapon", "It Only Hurts When I Cry", and "Among the Young".
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    Loren released several music videos in conjunction with Love It Away on YouTube. "Shakin' All Over" was released as two videos in March and May, 2010 and both include footage from her original performance of the song on Shindig. "Love It Away" was released in March, 2010 and "Last Night I Had a Dream" and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" in July, 2010.
    Loren performed and met fans at the three-day Rock Con Festival, held July 30-August 1, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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    On June 25, 2010, Loren was interviewed on the nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage, hosted by Steven Van Zandt.
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    Liz Smith included a feature on Loren in her column on March 17, 2010.
    She would sing the medley and "Love It Away" for a Thrillville's "Valentine's Beach Party" at The Balboa Theatre, San Francisco on February 14, 2010, which screened Beach Blanket Bingo, and performed again at "Movie Night at the Blue Dragon" at the Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine and Musiquarium in Kawaihae, Hawaii on April 28, 2010.
    She hosted a "Beach Party Movie Marathon" (Muscle Beach Party and Beach Blanket Bingo were shown) presented by American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood on February 11, 2010, debuting the medley of her Beach Party songs.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    Loren's first release in August, 2009 was a remake of "It Only Hurts When I Cry", which she produced and arranged, releasing it both as a music video on YouTube and as a single to download.
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    Loren turned again to writing music. In 2009, Loren and husband Cargman started their label Swinging Sixties Productions which, in conjunction with Swinging Sixties Music, publish and release Loren's music.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 50
    After premiering a couture collection in 1998 and being chosen by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawaii's best new designers, she and Cargman launched ADASA Hawaii, which included a boutique in Waimea and three boutiques on Oahu.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 47
    In 1995 Loren married Jered Cargman.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 37
    In 1985 Loren was invited to appear in Tokyo, Japan at an International Ballroom Dancing event, and also performed in a show in Beverly Hills, CA (Jerry Lee Lewis was also on the bill).
  • 1983
    Age 35
    She hired Henry Mancini, 1983 Composer of the Year, and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and in her introduction she sang "Always" by Irving Berlin.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    In 1982 she released "Sedona", (B Side: "Simply Loving You").
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1968
    Age 20
    By the end of 1968, Loren left show business to marry and raise a family.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 19
    From 1967 to 1968, Loren recorded with Reprise, releasing "Let's Pretend" (B Side: "Once Before I Die") again produced by Jimmy Bowen, and arranged by Don Peake, and "As Long as I'm Holding You" (B Side: "It's Such a Shame"), produced by Mike Post.
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  • 1965
    Age 17
    She also appeared on New Talent in Young America in January 1965, a special where "Youthful artists making great strides in the field of music are showcased in this hour-long Special".
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    Loren guest starred on a seven-part Dr. Kildare in 1965 as Anna Perrona, a young woman in need of dialysis treatment.
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  • 1964
    Age 16
    Loren was the featured female vocalist on Shindig, which premiered on September 16, 1964.
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    In late 1964, the Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild named Loren one of its Deb Stars, an annual award given to up-and-coming performers, who were "the likeliest candidates for motion picture and television stardom in the coming years".
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    In 1964 Loren began appearing in the American International Pictures' Beach Party series.
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    Among her other appearances were the Teen Fair of Texas, which was held at the Joe Freeman Coliseum in June, 1964 both appearing at the Dr Pepper Booth and in a series of day and evening stage shows; the opening day party for Academy of Electro Systems on July 12, 1964 in Houston, Texas,; and the opening of the Ruston Bottling Plant in October, 1964.
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    Loren made hundreds of public and performing appearances for the company; these appearances, along with many more performances in her capacity as a singer and actress proved she was the consummate entertainer. Loren appeared at the 1964 New York World's Fair, with Dick Clark and Loren as "host and hostess" for winners of a large Dr Pepper promotion.
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  • 1963
    Age 15
    In 1963, Loren signed a contract with Dr Pepper as the "Dr Pepper Girl" to promote the drink to a younger demographic.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 8
    By 1956, she was performing with The Moppets Group and also recorded a single "I Think It's Almost Christmas Time" (Fable).
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  • 1955
    Age 7
    Loren performed in amateur talent shows from the early age of six and, in 1955, sang on a radio commercial for Meadow Gold Ice Cream appearing with Dick Beals, who was famous for playing the character of Speedy Alka Seltzer.
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  • 1947
    Born
    Born on March 7, 1947.
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