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Donna Loren

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Donna’s career began when she was five years old and won second prize on an amateur show. From there she was featured on Playhouse 90 and on stage at the Moulon Rouge. When she was eight she performed regularly on the live radio country-western music show “Sqeakin’ Deacon” with James Burton (then 17), who was playing with Rick Nelson on Ozzie & Harriet. Her first big break came in 1955 (age 8) when she did her first commercial, singing a jingle for Meadowgold Ice Cream. For you history buffs, the dialogue on the commercial was done by the actor who played “Speedy Alka Seltzer”. That same year Donna was chosen to appear as a guest on the Mickey Mouse Club’s “Talent Round-Up”, a weekly segment that showcased young talent. Her first commercial recording, at the age of nine, was “I Think It’s Almost Christmas Time”. Nine more records followed on various labels until 1964, when she accepted several offers that began to provide her with national exposure.

In late 1963, the Dr Pepper Company did a national talent search for a young girl who could promote Dr Pepper effectively to the younger set. This resulted in Donna’s being chosen as the first and only “Dr Pepper Girl” ever. During her five years with the company, Donna was seen and heard on radio, billboards (Dr Pepper’s most successful billboard campaign of the 60’s), magazines and personal appearances across the country. She was frequently seen representing the company on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and in the 1963 Caravan of Stars Tour which starred Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gene Pitney, The Shirelles, The Dixie Cups and Brenda Holloway.

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