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Édith Piaf born Édith Giovanna Gassion, was a French singer and cultural icon who became widely regarded as France's national popular singer, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.[1] TOSHIBA Satellite C655-S5132 Laptop Keyboard Her singing reflected her life, with her specialty being ballads. Among her songs are "La Vie en rose" (1946), "Non, je ne regrette rien" (1960), "Hymne à l'amour" (1949), "Milord" (1959), "La Foule" (1957), "l'Accordéoniste" (1955), and "Padam... Padam..." (1951). SONY VAIO VGN-CR31S Laptop Keyboard Despite numerous biographies, much of Piaf's life is shrouded in mystery.[2] She was born Édith Giovanna Gassion[3] inBelleville, Paris. Legend has it that she was born on the pavement of Rue de Belleville 72, but her birth certificate cites the Hôpital Tenon,[4] the hospital for the 20th arrondissement of which Belleville is part. ACER Aspire 5810T Laptop Keyboard She was named Édith after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping French soldiers escape from German captivity.[5] Piaf - an argot colloquialism for "sparrow" - was a nickname she would receive 20 years later.  HP COMPAQ NX6120 Laptop Keyboard Louis-Alphonse Gassion (1881–1944), Édith's father, was a Norman street acrobat with a past in the theatre. He was the son of Victor Alphonse Gassion (1850-1928) and Léontine Louise Descamps (1860-1937), known as Maman Tine, who ran a brothel in Normandy. [6]Compaq Presario CQ56-105TU Laptop Keyboard Her mother, Annetta Giovanna Maillard (1895–1945), was of French descent on her father's side and of Italian andMoroccan-Berber origin on her mother's. She was a native of Livorno, a port city on the western edge of Tuscany, Italy. She worked as a café singer under the name Line Marsa. TOSHIBA Satellite C655D-SP5003M Laptop Keyboard Her parents were Auguste Eugène Maillard (1866-1912) and Emma (Aïcha) Saïd ben Mohammed (1876-1930), daughter of Said ben Mohammed (1827-1890), a Moroccan acrobat born in Mogador (now Essaouira)[7], and Marguerite Bracco (1830-1898), born in Murazzano in Italy.[8][9][4]COMPAQ Presario CQ60-307EA Laptop Keyboard

Early life

Édith's parents soon abandoned her, and she lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother, Emma (Aïcha). Before he enlisted with the French Army in 1916 to fight in World War I, her father took her to his mother, who ran a brothel in Normandy. There, prostitutes helped look after Piaf.[1]  FUJITSU Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Laptop Keyboard From the age of three to seven, Piaf was allegedly blind as a result of keratitis. According to one of her biographies, she recovered her sight after her grandmother's prostitutes pooled money to send her on a pilgrimage honoring Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, which the author claims resulted in a miraculous healing.[10]Compaq Presario CQ71-420ER Laptop Keyboard In 1929, at 14, she joined her father in his acrobatic street performances all over France, where she first sang in public.[1] She took a room at Grand Hôtel de Clermont (18 rue Veron, Paris 18ème) and separated from him, going her own way as a street singer in Pigalle, Ménilmontant, and the Paris suburbs (cf. the song "Elle fréquentait la Rue Pigalle").HP Pavilion dv6-2113sa Laptop Keyboard She joined her half-sister Simone Berteaut ("Mômone")[4] in this endeavor, and the two became lifelong partners in mischief.[1] She was about 16 when she fell in love with Louis Dupont, a delivery boy.[1]HP G72-b15SA Laptop Keyboard At 17, she had her only child, a girl named Marcelle, who died of meningitis at age two.[6] Like her mother, Piaf found it difficult to care for a child while living a life of the streets, so she often left Marcelle behind while she was away, and Dupont raised her until her death.[1]Compaq Presario CQ42-228LA Laptop Keyboard

Singing career

In 1935 Piaf was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris[1] by nightclub owner Louis Leplée,[3] whose club Le Gerny off theChamps-Élysées[6] was frequented by the upper and lower classes alike. He persuaded her to sing despite her extreme nervousness, which, combined with her height of only 142 centimetres (4 ft 8 in),[4][11SONY Vaio PCG-K315S Laptop Keyboard ] inspired him to give her the nickname that would stay with her for the rest of her life and serve as her stage name, La Môme Piaf[3] (Parigot translatable as "The Waif Sparrow", "The Little Sparrow", or "Kid Sparrow").[1] Leplée taught her the basics of stage presence and told her to wear a black dress, later to become her trademark apparel.[1]FUJITSU Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Laptop Keyboard Leplée ran an intense publicity campaign leading up to her opening night, attracting the presence of many celebrities, including actor Maurice Chevalier.[1] Her nightclub gigs led to her first two records produced that same year,[11] with one of them penned by Marguerite Monnot, a collaborator throughout Piaf's life.[1]HP Pavilion G6-1B59WM Laptop Keyboard On 6 April 1936,[1] Leplée was murdered and Piaf was questioned and accused as an accessory, but was acquitted.[3] Leplée had been killed by mobsters with previous ties to Piaf.[12] A barrage of negative media attention[4] now threatened her career.[1]To rehabilitate her image, she recruited Raymond Asso, SONY Vaio PCG-K215S Laptop Keyboard with whom she would become romantically involved. He changed her stage name to "Édith Piaf", barred undesirable acquaintances from seeing her, and commissioned Monnot to write songs that reflected or alluded to Piaf's previous life on the streets.[1]SONY VAIO VGN-NR11Z/S Laptop Keyboard In 1940, Édith co-starred in Jean Cocteau's successful one-act play Le Bel Indifférent.[1] She began forming friendships with prominent people, including Chevalier and poet Jacques Borgeat. She wrote the lyrics of many of her songs and collaborated with composers on the tunes. In 1944, she discovered Yves Montand in Paris, ASUS X53S Laptop Keyboard made him part of her act, and became his mentor[4] and lover.[12] Within a year, he became one of the most famous singers in France, and she broke off their relationship when he had become almost as popular as she was.[1] FUJITSU Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Laptop Keyboard During this time she was in great demand and very successful in Paris[3] as France's most popular entertainer.[11] After the war, she became known internationally,[3] touring Europe, the United States, and South America. In Paris, she gave Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Roberto Chavero) - the most important Argentine musician of folklore - the opportunity to share the scene, ACER Aspire 5742 Laptop Keyboard making his debut in July 1950. She helped launch the career of Charles Aznavour in the early 1950s, taking him on tour with her in France and the United States and recording some of his songs.[1] At first she met with little success with U.S. audiences, who regarded her as downcast.[1] After a glowing review by a prominent New York critic, TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7226 Laptop Keyboard however, her popularity grew,[1] to the point where she eventually appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice (1956[6] and 1957). HP 640436-001 Laptop Keyboard Édith Piaf's signature song "La vie en rose"[1] was written in 1945 and was voted a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. Bruno Coquatrix's famous Paris Olympia music hall is where Piaf achieved lasting fame, giving several series of concerts at the hall, the most famous venue in Paris,[4] between January 1955 and October 1962. Excerpts from five of these concerts (1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962) were issued on record and CD and have never been out of print. SONY VAIO VGN-FW180FU  Keyboard The 1961 concerts, promised by Piaf in an effort to save the venue from bankruptcy, debuted her song "Non, je ne regrette rien".[4] In April 1963, Piaf recorded her last song, "L'homme de Berlin". IBM Lenovo Thinkpad X201  Keyboard During World War II, she was a frequent performer at German Forces social gatherings in occupied France, and many considered her a traitor; following the war she stated that she had been working for the French Resistance. While there is no evidence of this, it does seem to be true that she was instrumental in helping a number of individuals (including at least one Jew) escape Nazi persecution. TOSHIBA Satellite A305  Keyboard Throughout it all, she remained a national and international favorite.[13] Piaf dated a Jewish pianist during this time and co-wrote a subtle protest song with Monnot.[1] SAMSUNG NP-N150-JP01  Keyboard According to one story, singing for high-ranking Germans at the One Two Two Club[14] earned Piaf the right to pose for photographs with French prisoners of war, to boost their morale. The Frenchmen were supposedly able to cut out their photos and use them as forged passport photos. Compaq Presario CQ57 Series  Keyboard n 19 August 1935, she married Ándrèw Johnsèppe in Belleville, Paris. They divorced on 19 February 1939.[citation needed] The love of Piaf's life, the married boxer Marcel Cerdan, died in a plane crash in October 1949, while flying from Paris to New York City to meet her. Cerdan'sAir France flight, SONY VAIO PCG-FR415M  Keyboard flown on a Lockheed Constellation, crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board, including noted violinist Ginette Neveu.[15] Piaf and Cerdan's affair made international headlines,[4] as Cerdan was the former middleweight world champion and a legend in France in his own right. HP 599572-001  Keyboard In 1951, Piaf was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour, breaking her arm and two ribs, and thereafter had serious difficulties arising from morphine and alcohol addictions.[1] Two more near fatal car crashes exacerbated the situation.[6] Jacques Pills, a singer, took her into rehabilitation on three different occasions to no avail.[1]SONY VAIO VGN-FW160D  Keyboard Piaf married Jacques Pills in 1952 (her matron of honour was Marlene Dietrich) and divorced him in 1956. In 1962, she wed Théo Sarapo (Theophanis Lamboukas), a Greek hairdresser-turned-singer and actor[1] who was 20 years her junior. The couple sang together in some of her last engagements. SONY VAIO PCG-FR315M  Keyboard Piaf lived in Belleville, Paris, with her parents from 1915-1934. From 1934-1941, she lived at 45 rue de Chèzy in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. She lived at 45 rue Decazes in Marseille, France alone from 1941-1952 and with her second husband from 1953-1956. She continued to live there alone from 1956-1959. SONY VAIO VGN-C2S Series  Keyboard In her final years she lived at 23 rue Édouard Nortier in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France - alone from 1959-1962 and with her husband from 1962-1963 until her death.  SONY VAIO VGN-C2S Series  Keyboard Piaf died of liver cancer at age 47 at her villa in Plascassier, on the French Riviera, on 11 October 1963.[16][17][18] She had been drifting in and out of consciousness for several months.[6] Compaq Presario CQ62-112TU  Keyboard Her last words were "Every damn fool thing you do in this life, you pay for."[19] It is said that Sarapo drove her body back to Paris secretly so that fans would think she had died in her hometown.[1][14]She is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris next to her daughter Marcelle, where her grave is among the most visited.[1] SAMSUNG NP-N150-JP01  Keyboard Although she was denied a funeral mass by the Roman Catholic archbishop of Paris because of her lifestyle,[14] her funeral procession drew tens of thousands[1] of mourners onto the streets of Paris and the ceremony at the cemetery was attended by more than 100,000 fans.[14][20] TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7305  Keyboard Charles Aznavour recalled that Piaf's funeral procession was the only time since the end of World War II that he saw Parisian traffic come o a complete stop.[14]HP Envy 15  Keyboard The film Piaf (1974) depicted her early years, and starred Brigitte Ariel, with early Piaf songs performed by Betty Mars. Piaf's relationship with Cerdan was also depicted in film by Claude Lelouch in the movie Édith et Marcel (1983), with Marcel Cerdan Jr. in the role of his father and Évelyne Bouix portraying Piaf. COMPAQ 367777-001  Keyboard Piaf...Her Story...Her Songs (2003) is a film starring Raquel Bitton in her performance tribute to Édith Piaf. Bitton performs Piaf's most famous songs and describes her tempestuous life. Woven into the filmed concert is a luncheon in Paris, hosted by Bitton, in which some of Piaf's composers, friends, lovers, and family share their memories. HP Pavilion DV6-6B00 Keyboard These include Michel Rivgauche and Francis Lai, two of Piaf's composers, as well as Marcel Cerdan, Jr., son of the boxing champion who was her greatest love. ACER Aspire 5742 Keyboard La Vie en rose (2007), a film about her life directed by Olivier Dahan, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2007. Titled La Môme in France, the film stars Marion Cotillard in the role that won her the Academy Award for Best Actress (Oscar), as Piaf. Dahan's film follows Piaf's life from early childhood to her death in 1963. David Bret's 1988 biography, Piaf, A Passionate Life, was re-released by JR Books to coincide with the film's release. TOSHIBA Satellite A300 Keyboard The melody of the song was composed by Louis Guglielmi, known as Louiguy, and the lyrics were written by Édith Piaf herself. Originally, the song was registered as being written by Louiguy only, since at the time Piaf did not have necessary qualifications to be able to copyright her work with SACEM.[3] Words "Quand il me tient dans ses bras... DELL Latitude D620 Keyboard ") came to her mind one evening in 1944, when she was standing in front of an American man.[4] That gave the base for the rest of lyrics. Piaf offered the song to Marianne Michel, who slightly modified the lyrics, changing "les choses" ("things") for "la vie" ("life"). English lyrics for the song were later written by Mack David.[5]DELL Latitude D830  Keyboard Initially, Piaf's peers and songwriting team did not think the song would be successful, finding it weaker than the rest of her repertoire. Having listened to their advice, the singer put the song aside, only to change her mind the next year. The song was performed live in concert for the first time in 1946. It became a favorite with audiences.[3]TOSHIBA Satellite L300  Keyboard HP 597635-001  Keyboard "La Vie en rose" was the song that made Piaf internationally famous, with its lyrics telling about retaken love and appealing to those who had survived the difficult wartime.[6]TOSHIBA Satellite A300  Keyboard "La Vie en rose" was released on a 10" single in 1947 by Columbia Records, a division of EMI, with "Un refrain courait dans la rue" making the B-side. It met with a warm reception and sold a million copies in the USA.[7] It was the biggest-selling single of 1948 in Italy, and the ninth biggest-selling single in Brazil in 1949.[8] DELL OPYTVX  Keyboard Piaf performed the song in the 1948 French movie Neuf garçons, un coeur. The first of Piaf's albums to include "La Vie en rose" was the 10" Chansons parisiennes, released in 1950. The song appeared on most of Piaf's subsequent albums, and on numerous greatest hits compilations. The song went on to become Piaf's signature song and her trademark hit, DELL Studio 1457  Keyboard sitting with "Milord" and "Non, je ne regrette rien" among her best-known and most recognizable tunes. Encouraged by its success, Piaf wrote 80 more songs in her career.[3] The song received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.[9]HP Pavilion DV6-1002tx  Keyboard Non, je ne regrette rien From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Non, je ne regrette rien" (French pronunciation: [nɔ̃ ʒə nə ʁəɡʁɛtə ʁjɛ̃]), meaning "No, I don't regret anything", is a French song composed by Charles Dumont, with lyrics by Michel Vaucaire. It was written in 1956, and is best known through its 1960 recording by Édith Piaf. SONY VAIO VGN-NR21Z/S  Keyboard Piaf dedicated her recording of the song to the French Foreign Legion.[1] At the time of the recording, France was engaged in a military conflict, the Algerian War (1954–1962), and the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed a temporary putsch of 1961 by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria —HP 441426-001  Keyboard adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade. SONY VAIO VGN-N11M  Keyboard The rhymes of the words echo the rhythm of the melody following typical French meter, where words almost always stress the final syllable, in iambic (da-DA-da-DA) and anapestic (da-da-DA-da-da-DA) compositions. A literal translation is unable to maintain the internal harmony of lyric and tune, since English words usually stress an earlier syllable and are most often suited to trochaic (DA-da-DA-da) and dactylic (DA-da-da-DA-da-da) meter. HP 441316-001  Keyboard A variety of English language versions have been recorded. Discussion of their merits is ongoing.[2] The superlative, all-encompassing object arousing the transcendent emotions of the lover singing the song, ASUS X53S  Keyboard and the use of passive reflexive verb | ni le bien qu'on m'a fait | ni le mal | to describe good and bad perceived by a person can be rendered | not the good that one did to me | nor the bad | using the absolute impersonal pronoun.[3]ACER Aspire 5742  Keyboard he is the youngest daughter of actress Helen Gamboa and actor and senator Tito Sotto. She is first cousins with Sharon Cuneta (their mothers are sisters) and first niece with KC Concepcion. She is also cousins with Danica and Oyo Boy Sotto. She is three-eighths Cebuano and one-eighth Chinese (her father's side),[1]and one-fourth Kapampangan, one-eighth Spanish, and one-eighth American (her mother's side).[2]HP Pavilion dv6-3130tx Keyboard At age 6, Sotto made her first appearance on Eat Bulaga! and at age 17 became one of the show's regular hosts from 2005 to 2007. Before she became a regular host at Eat Bulaga, she was a member of former teen-oriented drama T.G.I.S., produced by Viva Television and GMA Network. During her teenage years, SONY 147977821  Keyboard Sotto together with cousin Danica Sotto and Jocas de Leon, had a regular Saturday production number in Eat Bulaga!. They were dubbed as the "Ang TVJ (Tito, Vic and Joey) Kids." During her stint in Eat Bulaga!, she was paired with co-host Paolo Ballesteros and were together dubbed "CiaPao." HP Mini 110-1006tu Keyboard On 2008, Sotto launched her album entitled If You Love Me. She said that she was involved in different aspects of the album's production. The album contains songs written by her father and Joey de Leon with Vic Sotto along with Tito Sotto doing the back-up vocals of one song. This is Sotto's second album and it is produced and distributed by Sony BMG Music. She is currently married to her non-showbiz boyfriend Jojo Oconer. HP Probook 4520S Keyboard Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917) [1] is an English singer-songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. SONY VAIO VGN-N31Z/W Keyboard During the war she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops. She became known, and is still referred to, as "The Forces' Sweetheart"; the songs most associated with her are "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".SONY VAIO VGN-FS690 Keyboard She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the United States and recording such hits as "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" and "My Son, My Son".HP Mini 210-2006sa Keyboard In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92.[2] She has devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She is still held in great affection by veterans of the Second World War and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century.[3]HP Pavilion dv6000 Keyboard

Early life

Vera Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917 in East Ham, in what was then the county of Essex, now East London. When she began performing publicly at the age of seven, she adopted her grandmother's maiden name (Lynn) as her stage name.[4] Her first radio broadcast, SONY VAIO VGN-FS485B Keyboard with the Joe Loss Orchestra, was in 1935. At this point she was being featured on records released by dance bands including those of Loss and of Charlie Kunz.[5] In 1936 her first solo record was released on the Crown label, "Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire".[6] This label was absorbed by Decca Records in 1938.[7] After a short stint with Loss she stayed with Kunz for a few years during which she recorded several standard musical pieces. In 1937, she moved to the aristocrat of British dance bands, Bert Ambrose.[8]SONY VAIO VGN-FZ21E Keyboard  TOSHIBA Satellite L755D-S5241 Keyboard In 1939, during the Phoney War, the Daily Express asked British servicemen to name their favourite musical performers: Vera Lynn came out on top and as a result became known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart'.[9]SONY VAIO VGN-FS415S Keyboard In 1941, during the darkest days of World War II, Lynn began her own radio programme, Sincerely Yours, sending messages to British troops serving abroad.[5] She and her quartet performed songs most requested by the soldiers. Lynn also visited hospitals to interview new mothers and send personal messages to their husbands overseas.[10]SONY VAIO VGN-AW170YIQ Keyboard She is best known for her 1942 recording of the popular song "We'll Meet Again", written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles; the nostalgic lyrics ("We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I know we'll meet again some sunny day") were very popular during the war and made the song one of its emblematic hits. IBM Lenovo Thinkpad X201 Keyboard She also appeared in the 1943 film of that name.[11] Her other great wartime hit was "The White Cliffs of Dover", words by Nat Burton, music by Walter Kent.[12] Contrary to later reports, she neither sang nor recorded "Rose of England" during this time and it was only in 1966 when her producer, David Gooch, TOSHIBA Satellite L775-S7243 Keyboard selected it for her album More Hits of the Blitz that she became familiar with it. The album itself was a follow-up to Hits of the Blitz produced by Norman Newell. DELL Latitude C510 Keyboard During the war years she joined ENSA and toured Egypt, India and Burma,[13] giving outdoor concerts for the troops. In 1985 it was announced that she would receive the Burma Star for entertaining British guerrilla units in Japanese-occupied Burma.[14] She is one of the last surviving major entertainers of the war years. HP G72-b01SA  Keyboard Lynn's Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart became the first record by a British performer to top the charts in the United States,[15] remaining there for nine weeks. She also appeared regularly for a time on Tallulah Bankhead's U.S. radio programme, The Big Show.[16] "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart", HP G61 Keyboard along with "The Homing Waltz" and "Forget-Me-Not", gave Lynn a remarkable three entries on the first UK Singles Chart, a top 12 (which actually contained 15 songs owing to tied positions). Thinkpad T420 Keyboard Her popularity continued in the 1950s, peaking with "My Son, My Son", a number-one hit in 1954[17] which she co-wrote with Gordon Melville Rees. In 1960 she left Decca Records after nearly 25 years, and joined EMI.[18] She recorded for EMI's Columbia, MGM and HMV labels. In 1967, she recorded "It Hurts To Say Goodbye",[19] a song which hit the top 10 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart." SONY VAIO VGN-NR32S/S Keyboard Vera Lynn was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions, in October 1957 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre, and in December 1978, for an episode which was broadcast on 1 January 1979,[20] when Andrews surprised her at theCafe Royal, London.  HP Pavilion DV6-1020ei Keyboard She hosted her own variety series on BBC1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s[21] and was a frequent guest on other variety shows, notably The 1972 Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show.  HP G62-b25ER Keyboard In 1972 she was a key performer in the BBC anniversary programme Fifty Years Of Music. In 1976 she hosted the BBC's A Jubilee Of Music, celebrating the pop music hits of the period 1952-1976 to commemorate the start of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee year. For ITV she presented a 1977 TV special to launch her album Vera Lynn in Nashville, which included pop songs of the 1960s and country songs.[22]SONY Vaio PCG-K215M Keyboard The Royal Variety Performance included appearances by Vera Lynn on three occasions: 1960, 1975 and 1986.[23] Lynn is also notable for being the only artist to have a chart span on the British single and album charts reaching from the chart's inception to the 21st century — in 1952 having three singles in the first ever singles chart, complied by New Musical Express,[24] and most recently having a #1 album with We'll Meet Again — The Very Best Of Vera Lynn[25] (see below). HP Envy 15  Keyboard In 1953 Lynn formed the cerebral palsy charity SOS (The Stars Organisation for Spastics)[26][27] and became its chairperson. The Vera Lynn Charity Breast Cancer Research Trust was founded in 1976, with Lynn its chairperson and later its president.[28] In 2002 Lynn became president of the cerebral palsy charity The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and hosted a celebrity concert on its behalf at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.[29]TOSHIBA P205-S7469  Keyboard On 19 August 2008 Lynn became the Patron of the Forces Literary Organisation Worldwide for ALL,[30] a charitable not-for-profit organisation which helps those affected by war. TOSHIBA 9J.N7482.901  Keyboard On 16 November 2010 Dame Vera Lynn became Patron of The Dover War Memorial Project,[31] a voluntary not-for-profit group remembering the Fallen from Dover, Kent, England. HP Mini 110-3135dx  Keyboard

Later years

Lynn sang outside Buckingham Palace in 1995 in a ceremony that marked the golden jubilee of VE Day. This was her last known public performance.[32]TOSHIBA Satellite L300  Keyboard The United Kingdom's VE Day Diamond Jubilee ceremonies in 2005 included a concert in Trafalgar Square, London, in which Lynn made an unannounced appearance.[32]She made a speech praising the veterans and calling upon the younger generation always to remember their sacrifice and joined in with a few bars of "We'll Meet Again". SONY VAIO PCG-792L  Keyboard Following that year's Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, Dame Vera encouraged the Welsh mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins to assume the mantle of "Forces' Sweetheart".[33]SONY Vaio PCG-K215M  Keyboard In her speech Lynn said, "These boys gave their lives and some came home badly injured, and for some families life would never be the same. We should always remember, we should never forget, and we should teach the children to remember." In September 2008 Lynn helped launch a new social history recording website, "The Times of My Life", at the Cabinet War Rooms in London.[34]APPLE Macbook 13 Inch  Keyboard On 3 September 2009 Andrew Castle hosted Lynn on GMTV to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Britain's declaring war on Germany. At the end of the interview she sang a verse from "We'll Meet Again," at Castle's request. HP Pavilion G7-1150US  Keyboard Her autobiography Some Sunny Day was published in August 2009, when Lynn was 92. She had written two previous memoirs: Vocal Refrain (1975) and We'll Meet Again(1989).[35]ACER Aspire 5810T  Keyboard On 18 February 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that Lynn was suing the British National Party (BNP) for using "the White Cliffs of Dover" on an anti-immigration album without her permission. Her lawyer claimed the album seemed to link Lynn, who does not align with any political party, to the party's views by association.[36]TOSHIBA Mini NB 255-SP1002M  Keyboard On 13 September 2009 Lynn became the oldest living artist to make it into No. 1 in the British album chart, at the age of 92,[37] passing such veterans of music as American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong and French singer Charles Aznavour. Her collection We'll Meet Again: DELL Inspiron N4050  Keyboard The Very Best of Vera Lynn entered the chart at number 20 on 30 August, and then climbed to number 2 the following week, before reaching the top position,[38] outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and theBeatles.[39] In its third week the album went gold with sales of over 100,000. HP Pavilion dv6-2020sa  Keyboard

Recording career

Vera Lynn made her solo recording debut with the song "Up The Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire" in February 1936. The 9" 78rpm single was issued on the Crown Records label,[45] which went on to release a total of 8 singles recorded by Vera Lynn and Charles Smart on organ. Early recordings include "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Red Sails in the Sunset". DELL Vostro PP37L  Keyboard In 1938 the Decca label took over control of the British Crown label and the UK based Rex label, they had also issued early singles from Lynn in 1937, including "Harbour Lights". In late September 1939 Vera Lynn first recorded a song that continues to be associated with her, HP G61-110SA  Keyboard the song "We'll Meet Again was originally recorded with Arthur Young on the Novachord. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the Decca label issued all of Vera Lynn's records, including several recorded withMantovani and His Orchestra in 1942 and with Robert Farnon, from the late 1940s. SONY NSK-S8101  Keyboard Firstly they were only available as 78rpm singles, which only feature two songs an A and a B-side. In the mid 1950s Decca issued several EP singles,  HP G61  Keyboard which featured between two and four recordings per side, such as Vera Lynn's Party Sing Song from 1954 and singles were issued on two formats the known 78prm 10" and the recently introduced 45rpm 7" single. In the late 1950s Lynn recorded four albums at Decca, the first; Vera Lynn Concert remains her only live recording ever to be issued on vinyl. DELL Alienware M11x  Keyboard In 1960, after more than 20 years at Decca Records, Lynn signed to the US based MGM Records, in the UK her recordings were distributed by the His Masters Voicelabel, later EMI Records, several albums and stand alone singles were recorded with Geoff Love & His Orchestra, TOSHIBA NB200-10J  Keyboard Norman Newell also took over as Lynn's producer in this period and remained with her until her 1976 Christmas with Vera Lynn. Recording at EMI Records up until 1977, Lynn released thirteen albums with material as diverse as traditional Hymns, pop and country songs, HP 519265-001  Keyboard as well as re-recording many of her known songs from the 1940s for the albums Hits of the Blitz(1966), More Hits of the Blitz and Vera Lynn Remembers - The World at War (1974). In the 1980s two albums of contemporary pop songs were recorded at the Pye Records label, both included covers of songs previously recorded by such artists as Abba and Barry Manilow. HP Mini 110-3118cl  Keyboard In 1982 a stand alone single "I Love This Land" (Falklands War song) was issued and in 1984 Horatio Nelson Records issued Vera Lynn's last recordings made before her retirement. The album Vera Lynn Remembers, produced by Harry Lewis, Lynn's husband, features 17 re-recordings of songs known and associated with Vera Lynn over her 50 year recording career. ASUS F82Q  Keyboard Donna Loren (born March 7, 1947) 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,  HP Mini 110-3118cl  Keyboard 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. KildareBatman, and The Monkees.  IBM Lenovo Thinkpad X201  Keyboard In 1968, she retired to marry and raise a family. She recorded again in the 1980s and ran her own fashion business ADASA Hawaii throughout the 1990-2000s. In 2009, Loren returned to performing, and her most recent releases include the album Love It Away (2010). ACER Aspire 5742  Keyboard Loren was born in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Her mother Ruth and her adopted father Morey Zukor (Morris Zukovsky) are deceased.[2][3] Her uncle was Lou Zukor (Zukovsky). 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 withDick Beals, COMPAQ Presario CQ60-112EM  Keyboard who was famous for playing the character of Speedy Alka Seltzer. In the same year, she was a frequent performer on the music radio series Sqeakin’ Deacon with James Burton (whom she would work with many times throughout her career). By 1956, she was performing with The Moppets Group and also recorded a single “I Think It’s Almost Christmas Time” (Fable)”. HP Mini 110-3118cl  Keyboard  [3][4][5] On her tenth birthday, Loren appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club on the Friday “Talent Round-Up Day”, performing the songs “I Didn’t Know the Gun was Loaded” and “Pennies from Heaven”.[3] Loren continued to perform and record through the late 1950s and early 1960s, SONY Vaio PCG-K215M  Keyboard with her songs released on Skylark and Ramada, as well as the American Publishing Company’s new label Crest. Her first two efforts for that label, “Hands Off”, written by Billy Page, arranged by his brother Gene Page, and Glen Campbell’s “I’m So Lonely” were produced by Jimmy Bowen – another person who would play a significant role throughout Loren’s career – HP Pavilion dv6-2112sa  Keyboard and were recorded at Gold Star Studios.[3] It was also at Crest that she began to use the professional name Donna Loren, having previously recorded under the names of Donna Zukor (Morey’s pen-name and Donna’s legal name), Donna Dee, and Barbie Ames. On television, Loren appeared on Playhouse 90 episode “In the Presence of Mine Enemies” (1960), featuring Robert Redford.[1]DELL Inspiron 6400  Keyboard

Dr Pepper

In 1963, Loren signed a contract with Dr Pepper as the “Dr Pepper Girl” to promote the drink to a younger demographic.[3][6] National exposure via radio, print, television and personal singing appearances followed.[7]TOSHIBA PK13CW10100  Keyboard One of her first appearances for the company was co-hosting with Dick Clark an ABC television one-hour special, the Dr Pepper-sponsored Celebrity Party, which included performances and/or appearances by (Beach Party alumni) Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, TOSHIBA Mini NB 505-SP0160  Keyboard Deborah Walley, and Dick Dale, as well as Nick Adams, The Beach Boys, Bobby Pickett, Johnny Crawford, James Darren, The Challengers (with whom Loren performed “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey”[8]), Dick and Dee Dee, Duane Eddy, Shelley Fabares, Connie Francis, Jill Gibson, SONY VAIO VGN-NR21J/S  Keyboard George Hamilton, Bobby Hatfield, Jan & Dean, Jack Jones, Trini Lopez, Johnny Mathis, Bill Medley, Wayne Newton, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Paul Petersen, Tommy Sands, Nancy Sinatra, James Stacy, Connie Stevens, Bobby Vinton, and Miss Teen America(which was also hosted by Dr Pepper).[8][9][10][11]HP 576835-001  Keyboard 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. HP Envy 15  Keyboard TOSHIBA MP-09K53US6698  Keyboard The first prize was three days at the Fair, including a picnic for the winner and up to 50 friends, accommodation, spending money, and a 1964 Comet Caliente.[12] In the same year, Loren was part of Clark’s Caravan of Stars 22-city Summer tour,[13] whose line-up during the tour included Lou Christie, Mike Clifford,  HP 576835-001  Keyboard The Crystals, Dean & Jean, The Dixie Cups, The Drifters, Fabian, Bobby Freeman, The Hondells, Brian Hyland, The Jelly Beans, The Kasuals, Major Lance, George McCannon III, Gene Pitney, The Premieres, The Reflections, The Rip Chords, Round Robin, The Searchers, Dee Dee Sharp,The Shirelles, HP Envy 15  Keyboard The Supremes, Johnny Tillotson, and The Velvelettes.[14][15][16][17][18] 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;[19] the opening day party for Academy of Electro Systems on July 12, 1964 in Houston, Texas,;[20] and the opening of the Ruston Bottling Plant in October, 1964.[21]HP 576835-001  Keyboard In July, 1966 Loren’s filming of Dr Pepper print and television ads in Galveston made the front page of The Galveston News.[22] She was joined by Dick Clark, who was there to also film for Where the Action Is.[23] One of her last appearances for Dr Pepper was on September 14, 1968, at an Open House for the new Mid-Continent Bottlers,  ACER Aspire 5742  Keyboard Inc. plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she performed and appeared at an autograph party. A full page advertisement/congratulations to the Bottlers from Dr Pepper featured Loren with the note “Petite and lovely Donna Loren, nationally famous radio television and recording star, will entertain you with an exciting show”.[24]ACER Aspire 5930  Keyboard Away from Dr Pepper, Loren was a regular performer at concerts and shows during much of the decade throughout the country. These included at the teenage nightclub The Million Cellars (with Glen Campbell also on the bill)[25] and performances at the Pasadena Teen Dances,[26]TOSHIBA Satellite L355  Keyboard and concerts and shows with other performers such as Bobby Sherman at Rock ‘N Roll City.[27] Other performances were at Indiana University’s ‘Little 500’ race weekend in May, 1965; the line-up also included Bob Hope and The Kingsmen.[28] HP 576835-001  Keyboard On April 7, 1967 Loren performed at the Greater Los Angeles Press Club’s “Headliner of the Year” awards, whereRonald Reagan was recognised “as the state’s outstanding newsmaker for 1966”,[29] and on May 13, 1967 Loren crowned “Teen Safety Queen” at the Municipal Auditorium in Dodge City.[30]TOSHIBA Satellite C650-182  Keyboard In the same year that she began with Dr Pepper, Loren signed with Challenge. She release six records there – regarded as some of her best early showcases and of the then fifteen year old’s already well-developed and mature vocal depth[9][31] – including “I'm in Love with the Ticket Taker at the Bijou Movie” (B Side: “I'm Gonna Be Alright”, subsequently re-released in 1963 as an A Side, with “Johnny’s Got Something”) (1962), “DELL Vostro 3700  Keyboard On the Good Ship Lollipop” (B Side: “If You Love Me (Really Love Me)”), and “(Remember Me) I’m the One Who Loves You” (B side: “Dream World”) (1963). Loren said of her early recording, “Somehow I had a knowledge in me that came through my voice and therefore more mature songs were chosen and adapted for recording”.[5] HP Mini 110-1115SA  Keyboard

Beach Party Movies and Capitol Records

In 1964 Loren began appearing in the American International Pictures’ Beach Party series, for which she is particularly fondly remembered. Loren’s first appearance in Muscle Beach Party was supposed to be a promotion for Dr Pepper (a sponsor of AIP), but her role in this picture was expanded and she became the quintessential musical moment.  HP Pavilion G6-1B97CL  Keyboard In the film, Loren sang “Muscle Bustle” with Dick Dale. In an article reporting the singer’s debut ‘Dr Pepper’s Donna Gets a Movie Part’ appearing in the Galveston Daily News, the author wrote “It didn’t take long for Donna, Dr Pepper’s new singing star to make her mark. She has a feature singing part in the movie that also stars Jody McCrea, TOSHIBA Satellite 2410 PS241L-5Y34T  Keyboard Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Morey Amsterdam, Don Rickles, John Ashley, Buddy Hackett and several newcomers to the screen”.[32] The debut was heavily promoted by the company. In the same newspaper, for example, advertisements for a “Muscle Beach Party” organized by Dr Pepper Bottling Co. SONY VAIO VGN-AR170P  Keyboard of Galveston and held at the State Theatre appeared, where patrons would screen the film and receive Dr Pepper, “a gesture on the part of the firm to have the public see Donna Loren, Dr Pepper’s new singing star”. The release of the single “Muscle Bustle”, written byBrian Wilson, Gary Usher, and Roger Christian would be Loren’s final recording for Challenge (B Side: “How Can I Face the World”). TOSHIBA Satellite 2410 PS241L-5Y34T  Keyboard Loren would then appear in Bikini Beach (singing “Love’s a Secret Weapon”), and Pajama Party (“Among the Young”).[1] An article regarding the release ofPajama Party described “the amazingly-voiced Donna Loren, seventeen-year-old songstress who made her debut in “Muscle Beach Party” and who makes a bigger impression each time she sings. TOSHIBA Satellite L755-S5214  Keyboard HP 576835-001  Keyboard She will be seen and heard next in “Beach Blanket Bingo”.[33] She appeared in her most well-remembered role in the series in the fifth film Beach Blanket Bingo in 1965, performing “It Only Hurts When I Cry”, which some regard as her “signature tune”.[5] The film resulted in Loren’s first album, Beach Blanket Bingo. Loren told Adam Gerace of the recording of the album:  FUJITSU Lifebook S6240  Keyboard “I worked for 14 hours straight. The album was completed in that session”.[5] The album was released on Capitol Records (which Loren had signed with in 1964), produced by Dave Axelrod, and arranged and conducted by H. B. Barnum. Compaq Presario CQ71-420ER  Keyboard Loren also appeared in another AIP Beach Party film, Sergeant Deadhead, where she sang “Two Timin’ Angel”. The film starred other regular Beach Party actors, including Frankie Avalon, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Bobbi Shaw, and Buster Keaton.[1]TOSHIBA Mini NB 505 Series  Keyboard At Capitol, Loren released many of her well-known songs including the well-received “Blowing Out the Candles” and (B Side) “Just a Little Girl” (1964),[34][35] which were produced by Axelrod and arranged and conducted by Barnum, “So, Do The Zonk” (B Side: “New Love” from her LP) (1965), “Call Me” (B Side: “Smokey Joe’s”), (1965), and “I Believe” (1965; regularly performed in her Dr Pepper appearances).[36] HP 636376-001  Keyboard 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”. Other “most likely star candidates of 1965”[37]  HP Mini 110-3118cl  Keyboard were Janet Landgard, Margaret Mason, Tracy McHale, Mary Ann Mobley, Barbara Parkins, Laurie Sibbald, Wendy Stuart, Beverly Washburn, and Raquel Welch.[3][38] Loren was also nominated for a 1965 Photoplay Gold Medal Award for “Most Promising New Star (Female)”.  IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X300  Keyboard Loren was the featured female vocalist on Shindig, which premiered on September 16, 1964. The series has been described as “different from previous U.S. rock 'n' roll programs. It featured non-stop music that, in most cases, was only interrupted by the commercial breaks”, and “most of the top American and British rock/pop acts of the mid-1960s appeared on Shindig!”.[31]  HP pavilion DV7-1000  Keyboard These included The Beatles (from England) in October 1964. Loren appeared on the first show, along with host Jimmy O’Neil, and appearances by Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Jackie and Gayle, Bobby Sherman, The Blossoms, Alan Sues, and the Shindig dancers.[39HP 550  Keyboard ] Other performers included Glen Campbell, Tina Turner, and James Burton. Loren has referred to her enjoyment of the series, telling Adam Gerace “The microphone that I used was the greatest. I loved the sounds that came out”.[5] She said during a radio i

nterview with “Bulldog” Bill Feingold on KNews Radio (Palm Springs, CA) SONY VAIO VGN-CR31S Keyboard on November 11, 2009 of her professional work on Shindig, “It was fantastic. It was really the highlight of my life”.[40] Loren was able to perform a wide range of material both in solos and work with other performers. These included (many are on YouTube) "Wishin’ and Hopin’" (her first song on the series), "Shakin’ All Over", HP 317443-001 Keyboard "Goldfinger", "Ain’t That Loving, You, Baby", "Too Many Fish in the Sea", "Boys", "I am Ready", "Rock Me in the Cradle", "Cycle Set", "African Waltz", "It’s Alright", "The Boy from New York City", "The Way of Love", "Down the Line", "That’s What Love", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "With the Wind & the Rain in Your Hair", and "Personality". Loren sang on 26 shows, and was a well-known member of the cast. She also appeared in the live theatre show “Shindig ‘65”.[41]HP Mini 210-2006sa Keyboard

Other television and acting

In 1966, Loren became a co-star with Bobby Rydell on The Milton Berle Show, a variety series hosted by Berle and co-starring Irving Benson. The signing of Loren and Rydell was widely reported at the time.[42][43] The series was subsequently aired for a short 13 weeks.[44]HP Probook 4710S Keyboard Loren guest starred on a seven-part Dr. Kildare in 1965 as Anna Perrona, a young woman in need of dialysis treatment. In 1966, she played Susie in two episodes of Batman (“The Joker Goes to School”, “He Meets His Match, the Grisly Ghoul”), for which she is well remembered. In a guide to the week’s television, her character was described as “Aiding The Joker is Donna Loren, SONY VAIO PCG-FR315M Keyboard a frisky cheerleader”.[45] Loren’s kiss with Batman co-star Burt Ward (Robin) was reportedly accompanied by “a flood of mail”.[46] Loren also guest starred on The Monkees (episode: “Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik”, 1967) as Princess Colette, who Davy is set to marry; and on Gomer Pyle, IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R51 1833 Keyboard U.S.M.C. (episode: “Love and Goulash”, 1968) as Anna Kovach, who hides a romance from her family.[47] She also appeared on The Mothers-In-Law in 1968. HP 550 Keyboard TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7330 Keyboard Loren made hundreds of appearances on numerous variety, music and game shows. Many of these were multiple appearances and included American BandstandThe Lloyd Thaxton ShowThe Regis Philbin ShowWhat’s This SongThe Red Skelton Show (singing “Johnny One Note” and “The Way of Love”),[48]ASUS X53S Keyboard Hollywood A Go-GoTop 40!9th Street WestGroovyBoss CityWhere the Action IsNightlifeCelebrity GameThe Dating GameThe Joey Bishop ShowThe Steve Allen ShowThe Pat Boone Show (including an episode co-hosted by Milton Berle), The Woody Woodbury Show, and week-long stints on The Hollywood Squares.[49][50] HP Pavilion G60-230 Keyboard She also appeared onNew Talent in Young America in January 1965,[51] a special where “Youthful artists making great strides in the field of music are showcased in this hour-long Special”.[52]TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7332 Keyboard On March 11, 1968, “Two for Penny” aired on The Danny Thomas Hour.[53] The series was “an all-purpose hour hosted by Danny Thomas. Presentations included musical programs, comedy and variety hours, and filmed dramas”.[54] Loren starred as Greek-American Penny Kanopolis, HP Pavilion dv6-3178ee Keyboard whose brothers (Michael Constantine and Lou Antonio) try to organise a courtship and marriage to Yani (Gregory Razaki), even though she is already dating another boy, the non-Greek David (Bill Bixby).Danny Thomas played the family priest.[53][55][56] This was a pilot for Loren’s own series, produced by Thomas and Aaron Spelling and was aired on NBC as a one-hour special. HP AEAT8TPU319 Keyboard Loren began recording again during the 1980s. In 1982 she released “Sedona”, (B Side: “Simply Loving You”). She wrote and produced the songs for her own label Royalty Records. James Burton produced “Sedona” with Loren, played guitar and assembled other members of the Elvis Presley TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt(drums), HP Pavilion G6-1B59WM Keyboard Jerry Scheff (bass), and Glen D. Hardin (piano). Chris Hillman played mandolin.[62] In the same year, Loren recorded “Wishin’ and Hopin’” in Nashville with her longtime producer Jimmy Bowen with David Hungate from Toto (B Side: “Somewhere Down the Road”; Warner Bros).[3] Loren also recorded a number of other songs (see section: Magic: The 80’s Collection). HP G42-386TX  Keyboard Loren appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in 1984 performing “Somewhere Down the Road”. Other guests were Ed Asner, Sybil Danning, and Larry Miller.[63] In introducing Loren to much applause, Griffin acknowledged Loren’s return with the new single “after a long hiatus”.[64] HP Pavilion dv6-3117sl  Keyboard In the same year, Loren produced a live concert in Sedona, Arizona she called “Star Series” based on the American Composer of the Year. She hired Henry Mancini, 1983 Composer of the Year, and the Flagstaff Symphony, and in her introduction she sang “Always” by Irving Berlin.[62] 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).[62]TOSHIBA NSK-T4N01  Keyboard In addition to her work for Dr Pepper, Loren was often featured in modelling and fashion spots geared toward teenagers, including for hats,[57][58] exercise workouts,[59] makeup,[60] and dental care.[61] In 1963 she was chosen by Simplicity Pattern Company to appear in a national advertisement campaign “If I Can Sew, You Can Sew”, SONY Vaio PCG-K35  Keyboard appearing in print and commercials. Loren was contractually signed because she made much of the wardrobe she appeared in during television and live performances.[3] Her best portrait is by Francesco Scavullo for Simplicity.  ACER Aspire 6930  Keyboard Loren also wrote two separate regular columns for Movie Life Magazine (“Donna Loren’s Young Hollywood” in 1966 and “Let’s Talk it Over” in 1967). She was also regularly featured in teen, television, and movie magazines of the 1960s as their cover girl.[3] HP Mini 210-2006sa  Keyboard Loren began recording again during the 1980s. In 1982 she released “Sedona”, (B Side: “Simply Loving You”). She wrote and produced the songs for her own label Royalty Records. James Burton produced “Sedona” with Loren, played guitar and assembled other members of the Elvis Presley TCB Band, Ronnie Tutt(drums),  SAMSUNG NP-N102-JA01DX  Keyboard Jerry Scheff (bass), and Glen D. Hardin (piano). Chris Hillman played mandolin.[62] In the same year, Loren recorded “Wishin’ and Hopin’” in Nashville with her longtime producer Jimmy Bowen with David Hungate from Toto (B Side: “Somewhere Down the Road”; Warner Bros).[3] Loren also recorded a number of other songs (see section: Magic: The 80’s Collection).  Lenovo 3000 G530 4151  Keyboard Loren appeared on The Merv Griffin Show in 1984 performing “Somewhere Down the Road”. Other guests were Ed Asner, Sybil Danning, and Larry Miller.[63] In introducing Loren to much applause, Griffin acknowledged Loren’s return with the new single “after a long hiatus”.[64] In the same year, Loren produced a live concert in Sedona, GATEWAY MT6700  Keyboard Arizona she called “Star Series” based on the American Composer of the Year. She hired Henry Mancini, 1983 Composer of the Year, and the Flagstaff Symphony, and in her introduction she sang “Always” by Irving Berlin.[62] 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).[62]ACER Aspire 5742 Keyboard

Swinging Sixties Productions and “It Only Hurts When I Cry”

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.[66] Loren’s first release in August, 2009 was a remake of “It Only Hurts When I Cry”, HP Pavilion DV6-1007tx Keyboard which she produced and arranged, releasing it both as a music video on YouTube[67] and as a single to download. Drew Saber played guitar on the track and appears in the music video. Maurice Gainen engineered the song, and would also engineer Loren’s album Love It Away. HP pavilion DV7-1000 Keyboard In the same month as the release of the single, Loren’s Magic: The 80’s Collection was released, both as a download and later as an enhanced CD. This was a collection of songs Loren recorded at Amigo Studios during the early 1980s, with musicians such as John Thomas and James Burton.[3][62] Seven of the songs on the album had not previously been released. TOSHIBA PK130260100 Keyboard DELL Latitude E5500 Keyboard In a review for the album, Magic was described as containing “Great production and a flawlessly effortless vocal montage”.[68]Magic: The 80's Collection (2009; Swinging Sixties Productions) Lenovo ThinkPad T410-2522 Keyboard In January 2010 Love It Away was released, first as a download and then as an album. This was Loren’s first album of completely new material since 1965. Loren produced the album, and it was recorded both in Hawaii at Lava Tracks Studio and Los Angeles. “Love It Away” was recorded at Lava Tracks.[3][69IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50 2889 Keyboard ] Maurice Gainen engineered the album, with Gainen and Charles Michael Brotman mixing and mastering. Mark Arbeit photographed Loren for the album, which includes her wearing one of her couture designs for the cover.[3] Loren also wrote a paragraph for the insert booklet setting the tone of the album. DELL Inspiron N4050 Keyboard FUJITSU Lifebook S7111 Keyboard Love It Away contains eight original songs by Loren. Among the covers Loren performed were “Last Night I Had a Dream” by Randy Newman, “Live Nude Cabaret” by Jackson Browne, “Old Man” by Neil Young, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” by Bob Dylan, as well “Shakin’ All Over”, a rockabilly classic she once performed on Shindig.[70] TOSHIBA Satellite L755-S5364 Keyboard Musicians who worked on the album include Jamieson Trotter, Bob Glaub, Maelan Abran, and Loren’s former collaborator Carol Kaye. Loren also played piano and synthesizer on many tracks. DELL Inspiron 1545 Keyboard 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). Written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and first recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers in 1947, TOSHIBA Satellite L755-S5364 Keyboard the R&B standard had been covered by Chuck Berry, Charles Brown, Etta James, Otis Redding and, more recently, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, and Sheryl Crow. The song was recorded by Elvis Presley for his album Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (1971).[79] The release is Loren’s second Christmas song. She also performed "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on Shindig in 1964.[80]TOSHIBA Satellite L775D-S7330 Keyboard 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. 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, DELL Latitude D600 Keyboard with a sample of "Loving You" appearing on Loren’s blog two months prior to the release.[81] "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. The EP was produced by Loren, and she again worked with Maurice Gainen and Charles Michael Brotman and musician Jamieson Trotter, as well as new collaborators Sonny Lim and Wailau Ryder. SONY VAIO VGN-CR160F Keyboard The EP makes use of a number of themes related to Loren, Elvis Presley, Hawaii, and Hollywood.[3] Loren explained on radio show The Sheena Metal Experience (LA Talk Radio) on November 4, 2010 the evolving of the concept: SONY VAIO VGN-CR31S Keyboard "When I was looking for just the right [Christmas] song to do, I thought of Elvis. And so when I started doing research to do a Christmas song of Elvis’, I started seeing songs that really resonated with me, especially a song called “Loving You” which, when the time drew nearer when we were departing Hawaii, was so healing for me."[82]ASUS F8Sp Keyboard The song "Loving You" was recorded at Lava Tracks Studio and represented Loren’s moving from "my beloved Hawaii"[83] to California. The selection of other Presley songs further fits the concept nature of the EP for, as Loren acknowledged, "Elvis and Hawaii go hand-in-hand".[83ACER Aspire 5536 Keyboard ] The artwork for the single and the EP, both designed by Katie Waronker’s company Riot Structure,[83] blended Hawaiian-inspired imagery including Presley’s 1961 LP Blue Hawaii as inspiration for the "Merry Christmas Baby" cover art, and a depiction of Kalakaua Blvd in Waikiki (with Los Angeles-inspired billboards featuring Loren, photographed by Mark Arbeit) for the cover of the EP. The back of the EP includes a picture of Loren from the 1960s. HP Probook 4515S Keyboard Further links between Presley and Loren include Presley’s recording "I Believe" for his EP Peace in the Valley in 1957,[79] a song Loren also recorded at Capitol, and which she regularly performed. Loren also recorded with the Elvis Presley TCB Band for her 1980’s single "Sedona" during the Amigo Studios recording sessions which also produced "One Night" from the EP. SAMSUNG R470 Keyboard

Appearances in conjunction with Loren’s new work

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”.[84]HP G62-b25SA Keyboard HP G42-359TU Keyboard 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. She would sing the medley and “Love It Away” for a Thrillville’s TOSHIBA NSK-TBD01 Keyboard “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. HP Pavilion DV6-1022el Keyboard Liz Smith included a feature on Loren in her column on March 17, 2010.[85] On June 25, 2010, Loren was interviewed on the nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage, hosted by Steven Van Zandt. Compaq Presario CQ57 Series Keyboard Loren performed and met fans at the three-day Rock Con Festival, held July 30-August 1, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[86] Among the over 100 other artists and guests appearing were Billy Hinsche, Al Jardine, Paul Petersen, Hilton Valentine, Mary Wilson, and members of the girl-groups The Angels and The Delicates. HP Pavilion dm3-1020CA Keyboard


After releasing her début album, Loinneog Cheoil in 1991, which was recorded with Irish band Dervish, Ní Fhearraigh received an offer to perform an extensive tour of the Netherlands and since then she has toured Japan, United States,Germany, France, United Kingdom and Ireland. ACER Aspire 5742 Keyboard In 1996, she released her second album, Aoife, produced by Moya Brennan and Dennis Woods. The album featured local musicians and prominent Irish composers and also featured Belfast's Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh and Gweedore's Brídín Brennan on vocals. She also achieved international fame when her song HP Pavilion DV7-3065dx Keyboard "The Best Is Yet to Come" (sung entirely in Irish) was featured in the PlayStation game Metal Gear Solid, and again in the PlayStation 3 title Metal Gear Solid 4, using an ingame iPod. HP pavilion DV7-1000 Keyboard Aoife has collaborated with a number of other singers. In 1999, she worked with Irish-American actress Roma Downey on her only ever album Healing Angel. She also recorded with Phil Coulter on three of his albums, Winter's Crossing (1998, also with James Galway), Highland Cathedral(2000) and Celtic Tranquility (2005). FUJITSU Amilo Mini Ui 3520 Keyboard SONY VAIO VGN-AR170 Keyboard In 2003, Aoife recorded her third album, The Turning of the Tide on the high-profile Celtic Collections label, home to Celtic Woman, in much of Europe. Her most recent album, If I Told You, was released in 2006 in Banbridge, County Down with her husband and long-time collaborators. The album's success was average, although she has stated on her website that she "hopes to go full-time in music with her next album".Compaq Presario CQ57 Series Keyboard Aoife Ní Fhearraigh was born and brought up in the Gaeltacht area of Gweedore (known in Irish and officially as Gaoth Dobhair), she was the youngest in an Irish-speaking family and learnt many old Gaelic songs as a child. She was, and continues to be a member of the local choir at St. Mary's Roman Catholic church, SONY NSK-S8101 Keyboard singers Enya and Moya Brennan are also members and they influenced Aoife greatly. She attended Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and was very involved with music during her time there. In 1985, she appeared as an extra in the music video for "In A Lifetime" by Clannad and Bono, which was filmed in the Gweedore area. ASUS X53S Keyboard

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