Dame Vera Lynn
|Birth name||Vera Margaret Welch|
|Born||20 March 1917|
|Origin||East Ham, Essex, England, UK|
|Labels||UK Decca/London, HMV|
Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE (née Welch; born 20 March 1917) is an English singer and actress. Lynn was born in East Ham, Essex. 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.
Lynn has given much of her time and energy to working with charities for former military servicemen, disabled children, and breast cancer. She is still admired by veterans of the Second World War. She was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century in 2000.
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. The album is some of her recordings made for Decca Records, for whom Lynn recorded between 1936 and 1959. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart on 13 September 2009. The album entered the chart at number 20 on 30 August, and then climbed to number 2 the following week, before reaching the top position.
Albums[change | change source]
|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|
|2014||National Treasure – Ultimate Collection|
Movies[change | change source]
|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]
- Lynn, Vera (2009). Some Sunny Day. London: Harper Collins. pp. 12 and 43. ISBN 978-0-00-731815-5.
- Seidenberg, Steven; Sellar, Maurice; Jones, Lou (1995). You Must Remember This. Great Britain: Boxtree Limited. p. 132. ISBN 0-7522-1065-3.
- "Vera Lynn Biography". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Richard Simpson (14 September 2009). "Dame Vera Lynn, the new queen of the album charts at 92". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 9 February 2016.
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