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Interview: Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B. on WFMU 9/1/17
Donna's in-depth interview with Sheila Burgel of WFMU Radio in New York. In Sheila's words: "This may just be the best interview I’ve ever done, thanks to Donna’s honesty, openness, and compassion. She shared so openly about her experience as a child working in Hollywood, cutting records with California’s top music-makers like Glen Campbell and David Axelrod, starring on rock n’ roll TV show Shindig, and promoting Dr Pepper—all whilst being heavily guarded by her step-father and the Dr Pepper corporation." Don't Miss It! Click Here
Interview: Blues News 3/2017
Donna's interview with Marja-Leena Jalava for Blues News Magazine (3/2017). The first link is for the Finnish-language original article with graphics. The second link is the English translation without graphics.
Blues News Interview Mar 2017-Finnish
“Pop Sixties” Book by Donna Loren & Domenic Priore Now Available
"IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE: my new book, co-authored with Domenic Priore, entitled Pop Sixties: Shindig!, Dick Clark, Beach Party and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive to be released July 18th everywhere. And, those of you who pre-ordered it from the Tiki Oasis program last year will be seeing it pop up on your door-step even sooner. It's an assemblage of images taken bymy father as he followed me everywhere, where I performed alongside the greatest Soul artists of the '60s, shots of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, a bunch with The Supremes, The Shirelles and other great girl groups on the '64 Dick Clark tour!" Available Now Autographed by Donna! (and all the usual places). Rare Bird Books
Pres Release: Pop Sixties: Shindig!, Dick Clark, Beach Party and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive is the photographic retrospective of a 1960s "It Girl." Featuring narrative by Loren herself and the help of longtime Los Angeles archivist Domenic Priore, Donna Loren looks at her work on television's Shindig! and Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour (including images of The Supremes, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more), plus behind-the-scenes on the sets of Batman, The Monkees, and all the American International beach movies. At a time when The Beach Boys and Beach Blanket Bingo were on top, Donna Loren was the iconic California Girl.
Donna Loren sings “Mansfield/66/67” Official Movie Theme Song
MANSFIELD 66/67 “The Devil Made Her Do It! (I Can’t Help It)” performed by Donna Loren.
Official music video for the theme song to the new documentery MANSFIELD 66/67 by P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes, to be released in 2017. Song performed by the legendary Donna Loren. Music by Dr. Robert Davis, James Peter Moffatt and Maurice Gainen.
Donna Loren Performs at Tiki Oasis 2016
Donna Loren headlines Tiki Oasis Festival in San Diego
Friday, August 19th, 2016
See Video Clip of Performance Below
"Tiki Oasis is billed as the largest and longest-running Tiki gathering in the world. Tiki Oasis is a series of events over 4 nights and 3 days. Arrive Thursday night for our "Meet & Mingle" at the Bali Hai featuring live music. You can make your dinner reservations for the restaurant or purchase the buffet downstairs. Friday – Sunday partake in daytime events at the Crowne Plaza such as dj’s, shopping, educational symposiums, car show, and drinking cocktails while relaxing in the pool. In the evening enjoy the main stage bands and a midnight burlesque show. Stay for the finale closing party on Sunday featuring top entertainment as well as an early dinner BBQ!"
5/16/15 – Donna Loren at The Purple Room in Palm Springs
May 4, 2015 – Donna Loren will be the Special Guest for "Tiki Chic Weekend" with The Gand Band at The Purple Room in Palm Springs.
Date: May 16th, 2015
Time: Dinner and Show: 8:30pm
“Donna Loren’s Complete Capitol Anthology Reveals A Wealth Of Pop Treasures”
• THE COMPLETE CAPITOL RECORDINGS!
• 29 TRACKS — EIGHT PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED!
• ALL SOURCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!
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REVIEW: "Donna Loren’s Complete Capitol Anthology Reveals A Wealth Of Pop Treasures" Read More…
REVIEW: "Loren had an impressive voice and the intelligence to know what to do with it; there's a strength and maturity in her performances on tunes like "A Woman in Love (With You)," "Hold Your Head High," and "Leave Him to Me" that outstrips a significant majority of her peers — all the more impressive considering she was just 18 when most of this was recorded." Read More…
REVIEW: "The high production quality blends the best of the Wrecking Crew, the Phil Spector “wall of sound,” and Brian Wilson’s increasingly complex pop arrangements." Read more…
REVIEW: "…right out of the gate the record sweeps you off your feet, from opener “Just a Little Girl” sweeping in its Spector-isms , the record is full of sparkling, soaring pop music with grandiose strings, majestic all the way around. A few other faves include “It’s Gotta Be,” “Call Me” (you know that one), “They’re Jealous of Me” (and if you’ve ever seen a picture of Donna this is probably true) and too many more. I mean, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this record but I got so much more than I’d ever hoped. Sure, Loren didn’t write any of these songs, but her booming vocals bring the songs to life, like any great vocalist can. Wow!" Read more…
REVIEW: "A huge amount of material from the lovely Donna Loren – star of both the big and the small screen in the 60s – and a surprisingly great singer, too! The package features singles, unreleased tracks, and Loren's classic Capitol album Beach Blanket Bingo – which has great work from the team of HB Barnum and David Axelrod!" Read more…
REVIEW: "These Are The Good Times -The Complete Capitol Recordings’ compiles everything Donna made for the label in 1964-66, 29 tracks in all, which can be split into three sections; A and B sides of all of her singles, many classic Girl Group songs by Brill Building writers, the ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ LP – one of the ‘Beach Movie’ series in which she appeared alongside Annette and Frankie Avalon, – plus eight previously unissued tracks, including ‘They’re Jealous Of Me’ a Goffin/King classic, and an amazing version of ‘Hold Your Head High’. Check this out and discover what you may have been missing." Read more…
REVIEW: "The material was carefully vetted, and they employed the best: The Wrecking Crew plus producers and arrangers including Jack Nitzsche, Billy Strange, Al DeLory and Steve Douglas. This 29-tracker, compiled with Now’s as-standard loving care, exhaustive sleeve notes by Sheryl farber and stunning photographs, spans a mere 21 months…and includes the complete Beach Blanket Bingo album. The bonus cuts include a fantastic unreleased gem backed by The Beau Brummels, It’s Gotta Be”. – Vic Templar, Shindig! Magazine
REVIEW: "These Are the Good Times (Now Sounds) features 29 songs by Loren, including singles released by Capitol in the 1960s, her soundtrack recording of Beach Blanket Bingo and unreleased tracks. The set reveals Loren as a versatile and engaging singer — and she’s surrounded by the crème de la crème of 1960s musicians and songwriters on these recordings." – Jade Blackmore, SomethingElseReviews.com.
A regular vocalist on ABC-TV’s Shindig!, and cast member of American International Pictures’ Beach Party series, DONNA LOREN was a recording artist for Capitol Records in the mid-’60s, cutting one classic soundtrack LP: Beach Blanket Bingo. But there’s so much more to the story.
These Are The Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings reveals Donna to be an extraordinary vocalist creating Spectorian-like wonder with some of the finest talent in Hollywood during the golden era of pop. Participants include Wrecking Crew members as well as legendary producers DAVID AXELROD, STEVE DOUGLAS, and arrangers JACK NITZSCHE, BILLY STRANGE, and H.B. BARNUM. Even the BEAU BRUMMELS appear on a track (‘It’s Gotta Be’), along with GLEN CAMPBELL.
In addition to her album – presented from the original MONO masters for the first time on CD – all 5 of her original Capitol singles circa 1964–1965, are also here. Rounding out the collection are 8 previously unreleased tracks that will leave you baffled as to why they were left in the can!
The deluxe, full-color booklet also includes rare, unpublished photos and extensive liner notes penned by three-time Grammy nominee Sheryl Farber that feature the participation of Donna herself. Mastered by Alan Brownstein FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES!
1. JUST A LITTLE GIRL (Mono 45)
2. WOMAN IN LOVE
3. IT’S GOTTA BE (Previously Unreleased)
4. CALL ME (Mono 45)
5. SO, DO THE ZONK (Mono 45)
6. YOU CAN’T LOSE SOMETHING YOU NEVER HAD (Prev. Unreleased)
7. THEY’RE JEALOUS OF ME (Previously Unreleased)
8. THAT’S THE BOY
9. MY WAY (Previously Unreleased)
10. HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH (Previously Unreleased)
11. GOOD THINGS (Previously Unreleased)
12. SMOKEY JOE’S (Mono 45)
13. PLAY LITTLE MUSIC BOX, PLAY (Mono 45)
14. LEAVE HIM TO ME (Previously Unreleased)
15. TEN GOOD REASONS (Mono 45)
16. NINETY DAY GUARANTEE (Mono 45)
17. I BELIEVE (Mono 45)
18. BLOWING OUT THE CANDLES (Mono 45)
19. DROP THE DRIP (Previously Unreleased)
20. CYCLE SET
21. I THINK, YOU THINK
22. IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I CRY
23. THESE ARE THE GOOD TIMES
24. I'LL NEVER CHANGE HIM
25. FLY BOY
26. NEW LOVE
27. I AM MY IDEAL
28. BEACH BLANKET BINGO
IMPORTED BY: NOW SOUNDS/CHERRY RED RECORDS
THIS AUTOGRAPHED CD IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY!
Donna Loren on “Show Me Talk Radio”
Donna Loren musical vignette is on air….
ShowMeTalkRadio with Donna Linn
Smarter Radio on The Worldwide Web!
Jukebox showcases singers, songwriters, and musicians from a variety of musical genres. Hosted by Donna Linn, Jukebox features the music of both aspiring and established artists from around the world.
Donna Loren Releases New Digital Single
Donna Loren, 60's Pop Icon, Releases New Single for Digital Download
February 25, 2012, Los Angeles, CA – The 1960's "Dr Pepper Girl" has released an original composition entitled "Moonlight Kisses" for digital download that is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major distributors and streaming music services. Ms Loren was the producer and sang all of the vocals on the track. She wrote the song in Sedona, AZ in 1995 after falling in love. The track was recorded in 2009 at Lava Track Studios in Hawaii. “It was a privilege to collaborate with Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Palm Records founder, Charles Michael Brotman. His masterful guitar playing and my stacked vocals is a wonderful marriage of West Coast meets Polynesia.”
"Donna Loren's music and acting pedigree reaches back to the 1960s. From her early days as the spokesperson for Dr Pepper to her singing performances in many of the Beach Party movies to her becoming a regular on the Shindig! television series, she established herself as a female teen idol…. It's nice to have Donna Loren alive and well and performing again. While she has connections back to the 1960's, she should not be considered a nostalgia act, as her sound has since been modernized." – David Bowling, BLOGCRITICS.ORG, April 5, 2011