Dame Vera LynnDBE (born March 20, 1917 in East Ham, Essex, England) is an Englishsinger 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. 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.