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    Donna Loren "Bill Bailey" -Dr Pepper Celebrity Party (1963)

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    16-year old Donna Loren's live performance of "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" with the Challengers. In 1963, right after signing with Dr Pepper as their national spokesperson, "The Dr Pepper Girl" co-hosted this ABC-TV Special with Dick Clark. This was the official launch of her new position with the soft-drink company. Her 5-year stint with the company posted Dr Pepper's largest sales gains in their history to that time. This show was a very unusual live televised Hollywood Party, filmed in 1963 at the home of Bob Marcucci, then manager of Fabian, Frankie Avalon & Johnny Rivers, among others. Located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, the home was a shocking pink Spanish Villa (previously owned by Laurence Olivier & Anne Baxter) overflowing on this night with celebs like Donna's mentor Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Jan Berry with Jill Gibson, Dean Torrance, Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton, Dick Dale, Deborah Walley, Wayne Newton, Bill Medley, Bobby Hatfield, Connie Stevens, Shelly Fabares, George Hamilton, Jack Jones, John Ashley, Bobby Vinton, Paul Peterson, to mention a few of those interviewed.

    Donna Loren was the one-and-only "Dr Pepper Girl" from 1963 to 1968. She was signed to a long-term contract with the soft-drink company to sing all television and radio commercials, do all magazine and billboard advertising, sometimes sharing the spotlight with American Bandstands Dick Clark. This relationship led to her touring in Dick Clarks Caravan of Stars with other popular acts like The Supremes and singing solos in the popular Beach Party films starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. Later, she became the regular female vocalist on the popular 60's American live rock TV show "Shindig" and she appeared in singing and acting roles in many popular TV shows like Batman, Gomer Pyle, The Mothers-In-Law, Red Skelton, Milton Berle. She released over 20 singles, an LP and 2 CD's. Ms Loren is currently in the studio again making music. www.donnaloren.net