Buddy Loren fundrais­ing con­cert for WA Mum’s Cot­tage

CROONER HELP­ING COT­TAGE

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

WA Mums Cot­tage in Man­durah pro­vides a drop-in cen­tre for women and chil­dren of all ages in need of com­pas­sion and sup­port.

At­ten­dance is in­creas­ing and al­though some fund­ing grants have been ac­quired, all op­er­a­tional costs must be funded by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

To the res­cue has come in­ter­na­tional singer, co­me­dian and im­pres­sion­ist Buddy Loren,

Loren will per­form in con­cert at Peel Thun­der Foot­ball Club on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2, to raise funds for the cot­tage.

Born in New York, Loren joined a doo wop group as lead singer in high school and was soon ap­pear­ing at sup­per clubs through­out the US.

In the early ’70s he wrote his own act and went solo, get­ting his

first break when booked at the 500 Club in At­lantic City, part-owned by Frank Si­na­tra.

He was a big hit and later spot­ted by an agent in Eng­land do­ing a Stan Lau­rel im­per­son­ation.

The agent was so im­pressed by Loren, he signed him to per­form with Sir Harry Se­combe in a Lau­rel and Hardy sketch for a three­month sum­mer sea­son.

Per­form­ing with Se­combe was one of his more cher­ished mo­ment in show busi­ness.

“He was a great tal­ent and a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing,” he said.

Loren’s first visit to Aus­tralia was the re­sult of be­ing booked for shows at Syd­ney’s top Leagues clubs and he also per­formed for sup­per clubs in Perth.

He and wife Tr­ish were at­tracted by the beauty of the South-West and de­cided to set­tle in Perth.

They now live at Man­durah Quay, where he com­mutes over­seas to per­form at cor­po­rate events.

In 1992, his per­for­mance at an in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tion in Sin­ga­pore stole the show and he was in­un­dated with of­fers.

He formed com­pa­nies in Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpur and be­came one of the most sought-af­ter

d473635 cor­po­rate en­ter­tain­ers in South­East Asia. Loren can sing in 24 lan­guages and his ver­sa­til­ity has kept him in high de­mand.

Tick­ets cost $25, in­clud­ing morn­ing tea, from WA Mums Cot­tage on 9595 1670, wa­mum­scot­tage@gmail.com or Peel Thun­der Foot­ball Club.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Buddy Loren with WA Mums Cot­tage founder Kaye See­ber.

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