Building a reputation for a singing voice uncannily similar to that of Elvis Presley, Donner chose a Presley album track, "Girl Of My Best Friend", for his attempt to breakthrough. After recording it in Florida, Donner leased the track to Gone Records and it ultimately climbed to number 19 in the US charts. His second single was his only Top 10 hit (number 25 in the UK) and Donner subsequently placed three other singles in the US chart, with "She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be)' the most successful at number 18. His debut, Takin' Care Of Business, was also released on Gone in 1961, and has, in subsequent years, increased in value as a collectors" item.
Donner continued to record after leaving Gone, for labels such as Reprise Records and several small independents. Although his commercial popularity was in the early 60s, Donner gained recognition among fans and collectors of Presley-styled rock 'n' roll and he continued to capitalize on that association. In 1981, Donner provided the narration for the movie This Is Elvis, mimicking the late Presley's speaking voice with the same expertize he had applied to the sound-alike singing. Donner died of lung cancer at the age of 41.
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