Donna Weiss

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Donna Weiss
Birth nameDonna Terry Weiss
Origin United States
Genres Pop, rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, recording artist, lyricist
Associated acts Joe Cocker, Kim Carnes, Jackie DeShannon

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Bette Davis Eyes single

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Singles [2]

As backing vocalist [3]

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  2. "Donna Weiss Singles Discography". Hideki Watanabe. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  3. "Donna Weiss". Discogs. Retrieved 4 July 2014.