Vera Lynn

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Vera Lynn
Background information
Birth name Vera Margaret Welch
Born 20 March 1917 (1917-03-20) (age 99)
Origin East Ham, Essex, England, UK
Genres Traditional pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1935–2014
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.

Lynn has given much of her time and energy to working with charities for former military servicemen, disabled children, and breast cancer.[3] 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.[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] 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.

The 1964 movie, Dr. Strangelove, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, ends with a world-ending war of atomic bombs. The scene is accompanied by Vera Lynn's song We'll Meet Again.

Lynn sings at a munitions factory in 1941

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
2010 Unforgettable
2014 National Treasure – Ultimate Collection


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. 3.0 3.1 "Vera Lynn Biography". http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608004524/Vera-Lynn.html. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  4. Richard Simpson (14 September 2009). "Dame Vera Lynn, the new queen of the album charts at 92". Daily Mail (UK). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1213175/Dame-Vera-Lynn-92-oldest-artist-album-charts.html. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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