Vera Lynn

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Vera Lynn
Background information
Birth name Vera Margaret Welch
Born 20 March 1917 (1917-03-20) (age 98)
Origin East Ham, Essex, England, UK
Genres Traditional pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1935–1995, 2009-present
Labels UK Decca/London, HMV

Dame Vera Lynn DBE (born March 20, 1917 in East Ham, Essex, England) is an English singer and actress. She was born Vera Margaret Welch. When she began performing in public at age seven, she adopted her grandmother's maiden name (Lynn) as her stage name.[1] Her first radio broadcast, with the Joe Loss Orchestra, was in 1935. At this time she was being featured on records released by dance bands including those of Loss and of Charlie Kunz.[2]

She was popular during World War II. Her best known songs are We'll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover. She was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century in 2000.[3]

Vera Lynn's album We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn peaked #1 in the United Kingdom making her the oldest living artist to top the U.K. album charts.[4]

Albums[change | change source]

Year Album
1961 Yours
1961 As Time Goes By
1962 Hits Of The Blitz
1964 Among My Souvenirs
1966 More Hits Of The Blitz
1970 Hits Of The 60's — My Way
1972 Favourite Sacred Songs
1976 Christmas With Vera Lynn
1977 Vera Lynn In Nashville
1981 20 Family Favourites
1989 We'll Meet Again
2009 We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn

Movies[change | change source]

Movie
Year Title Role Notes
1943 We'll Meet Again Peggy Brown
1943 Rhythm Serenade Ann Martin
1944 One Exciting Night Vera Baker
1962 Venus fra Vestø Herself

References[change | change source]

  1. Lynn, Vera (2009). Some Sunny Day. London: Harper Collins. pp. 12 and 43. ISBN 978-0-00-731815-5 .
  2. Seidenberg, Steven; Sellar, Maurice; Jones, Lou (1995). You Must Remember This. Great Britain: Boxtree Limited. p. 132. ISBN 0-7522-1065-3 .
  3. http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608004524/Vera-Lynn.html
  4. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2009/09/14/vera-lynn.html

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