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Vera Lynn

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The mere reference to Vera Lynn’s name evokes images of London skies filled up with a barrage of balloons, and Britons riding out the German blitz in shelters and underground stations. England’s sweetheart through the attempting times of Globe Battle II, Lynn was still in her twenties when she got on that function. She was created Vera Margaret Welch in London’s East Ham, to Bertram and Annie Welch, twelve months prior to the close from the First Globe Battle. She began performing as a woman of seven, also learning dance as a kid. She later got her maternal grandmother’s maiden name as her stage name, and her organic, unaffected vocal design and appeal brought Lynn early achievement on the air. At age group 18, she was performing with Joe Reduction’ orchestra, and she’d also started documenting for the Crown label. By the finish from the ’30s, after stints doing work for Charlie Kunz’s and Bert Ambrose’s rings, Lynn got her very own radio series. This event coincided with the finish of that which was referred to as the “Phony Battle,” that period where men were getting conscripted and delivered abroad, re-armament rushed, and nightly blackouts enforced, but no pictures terminated or bombs lowered. The shooting battle were only available in 1940, and it had been around that same period that Lynn became the web host from the BBC radio plan Sincerely Yours; the display became incredibly favored by abroad servicemen who skipped their girlfriends, and her regular tracks included such hopeful/heartsick ballads as “Light Cliffs of Dover,” “We’ll Satisfy Once again,” “Wishing,” and “Yours,” that have been taken to center by the English general public. Her recordings — right now carried out for Decca Information, which had assimilated the Crown label some years before — all offered well, and Lynn also produced several films through the battle years, appeared inside a stage revue, and sang for soldiers in Asia. Her sentimental make of pop music was seen as a large help morale, with Lynn herself practically a nationwide treasure. In a matter of a few weeks of the finish of the next Globe Battle, Lynn amazed and shocked the general public by announcing her pension. As soon as Xmas of 1946 she’d started a limited go back to documenting, nevertheless, and by the finish of 1947 she was operating once again, touring the range circuit and dealing with another BBC radio system. Decca seized a fantastic chance in 1948 by liberating Vera Lynn materials in America throughout a music artists’ hit that experienced crippled the stateside music market, and Lynn obtained a high Ten strike that 12 months with “You CAN NOT BE Accurate, Dear.” And in 1952, she became the very first British artist going to number one around the American graphs when “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” spent nine weeks at the very top place. That same 12 months, Lynn handled an astonishing head wear trick back using the introduction of the very first singles graph for Britain — revealed in New Musical Express in November of this 12 months — when her information occupied three of the very best 12 positions. Her 1st (in support of) British number 1 came 2 yrs later on, with “My Child My Child,” and she steadily relocated from radio/range work to tv spots through the ’50s to be able to circular out her routine, documenting increasingly contemporary materials through the ’60s — when she remaining Decca for EMI — and ’70s. She received an OBE from your English crown in 1969, and in 1975 was produced a Dame Commander from the English Empire. Though she performed sparingly through the ’80s, she do show up at commemorations for the 40th wedding anniversary of D-Day as well as the 50th wedding anniversary of the start of Globe Battle II, and continuing to accomplish charity function. In 2005, she also spoke with respect to veterans of Globe Battle II around the occasion from the 60th wedding anniversary of VE Time. So when it proved, also in the 21st hundred years, 70 years after she’d cut her initial records, Lynn’s profession being a top-selling documenting artist had not been however over. In Sept of 2009, the 92-year-old Lynn became the oldest vocalist ever to best the United kingdom album graphs, when a brand-new Decca assortment of her Globe Battle II recordings, We’ll Match Again: THE MOST EFFECTIVE of Vera Lynn, strike the main place, a doubly incredible accomplishment in light from the reissue of the complete Beatles catalog that same month. It had been an occasion observed by news providers all over the world, and spoke amounts about the like that the United kingdom keep for the vocalist and her music. She broke information once more six years afterwards when she changed 100 years outdated in 2017 and released the 100 record in special event of her learning to be a centenarian. The record highlighted re-orchestrations of a few of her traditional tracks alongside collaborations with various other artists within the vocal genre, such as for example Aled Jones, Alfie Boe, and Alexander Armstrong.

Quick Facts


Full Name Vera Lynn
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality English, British
Spouse Harry Lewis
Children Virginia Penelope Anne Lewis
Parents Bertram Samuel Welch, Annie Welch
Siblings Roger Welch
Music Songs We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover, Lili Marlene, Land of Hope and Glory, There'll Always Be an England, It Hurts to Say Goodbye, You'll Never Know, Anniversary Waltz, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Now Is the Hour, When I Grow Too Old to Dream, Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart, Wish Me Luck, It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow, I'll Be Seeing You, From the Time You Say Goodbye, When the Lights Go on Again, Yours, Faraway Places, Who's Taking You Home Tonight?, Be Like the Kettle and Sing, Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire, When They Sound The Last "All Clear", The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot, What a Wonderful World, Travellin' Home, I'm in the Mood for Love, That Lovely Weekend, If I Didn't Care, Wishing, My Prayer, Harbour Lights
Albums Sing With Vera, The Forces' Sweetheart - Ultimate Collection, Vera Lynn At Christmas, Sings Songs of the Tuneful Twenties, The Great Years, The Wonderful Vera, Vera's Great Chorus Hits, Vera Lynn Yours, Vera Lynn Concert, Original Pop Songs, Classic Pop Songs (Original Recordings), Vera Lynn's We Three, Yours, Vera Lynn-20 Greatest Hits, The Complete Picture - Vera Lyn Vol. 2, Hearts & Roses, It's Like Old Times, The Early Hits, Songs from 'The Vera Lynn Show', Sincerely Yours, 60 Timeless Songs, Please Think Of Me, The Essential Vera Lynn - Vol 1 (Digitally Remastered), Classics from Vera Lynn, The Singles Collection, Vera Lynn (Unique Series), My Prayer, The World Of Vera Lynn Volume 3, The World Of Vera Lynn Volume 2, If I Am Dreaming, Amazing Performance, After A While, Greatest War Time Hits, Immortal Songs, There'll Always Be An England, Classics - Vera Lynn, We'll Meet Again - 20 Golden Greats, The Greatest Hits, The Forces Sweetheart Vol. 1 - [The Dave Cash Collection], Vera Lynn At Her Very Best, One Foot In The Groove: War Songs, The Fantastic Songs Masterpieces, Kissing A Rose - The Unforgettable Series, Somewhere Out There, Immortal Masterpieces, Vera Lynn Selected Favorites, We'Ll Meet Again - Romantic Songs of the War Years, The White Cliffs Of Dover, Meeting Again - The Unforgettable Series, All the Famous Masters, Solid Gold Vera Lynn Vol.1
Nominations NME Award for British Female Singer
Movies One Exciting Night, We'll Meet Again, Camping Cosmos
TV Shows A Picture of Britain


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#Fact
1 She is now widowed and residing in Ditchling in East Sussex. [June 2004]
2 Made many trips to remote camps near the front during World War II, in the Pacific theater of operation; to entertain and visit the troops.
3 On 13th September 2009 her greatest hits collection, "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn", topped the UK album chart, making her the oldest artist ever to do so, aged 92.
4 Had a hugely successful music career. Which included being the first British female to top the American Billboard charts with "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" in 1952. That same year she had 3 top ten hits in the first ever official UK Singles chart on November 14th 1952. In 1957 she topped the UK Singles chart with "My Son, My Son" which featured the Frank Weir Orchestra.
5 Daughter: Virginia Penelope Ann Lewis, born 10th March 1945
6 Brother: Roger
7 A regular guest on Tallulah Bankhead radio show 'The Big Show'.
8 Left school at 14 to work in a factory, after working a few weeks in the factory she decided to return to singing in clubs
9 Retired in 1995 after singing outside Buckingham Palace at the 50th V.E. Day celebrations. She often appears at war shows and made a surprise appearance at the 60th V.E Day show in London (2005).
10 Husband Harry Lewis was a musician in the Bert Ambrose orchestra where Vera was a singer.
11 Bestselling autobiography 'Vocal Refrain' and bestselling war memoirs 'We'll meet again'
12 Had a radio show during the war for the BBC titled 'Sincerely Yours' where she sang requests in the form of a letter to troops overseas, visited their wives and visited the troops abroad in Burma.
13 Released a comeback single in the 70s called "Don't You Remember When" which was written and produced by Lynsey de Paul.
14 She was awarded the OBE in 1969 and created a Dame of the British Empire in 1975.
15 Subject of a song on Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and in the movie of the same. Refers to the 1942 "We'll Meet Again".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Coming War on China 2016 Documentary performer: "We'll Meet Again"
The Simpsons 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Legends of Tomorrow 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Horror Story 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Castle 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mega64: Gamer Warz 2013 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Daughter in Distress 2013 Short performer: "We'll Meet Again"
The Power of Few 2013 performer: "We'll Meet Again"
Curfew 2012/I Short performer: "We'll Meet Again"
War on Terror 2011 Documentary performer: "We'll Meet Again"
Zaum - Andare a parare 2011 TV Series documentary performer: "We'll Meet Again"
Casino Jack and the United States of Money 2010 Documentary performer: "DREAM"
The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) 2009 Short performer: "We'll Meet Again"
Is Anybody There? 2008 performer: "I'm in the Mood for Love"
There'll Always Be an England 2008 Video performer: "There'll Always Be an England"
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
La hora fría 2006 "I'm in the Mood for Love"
Wah-Wah 2005 performer: "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"
Saint Ange 2004 performer: "I'm in the mood for love"
Hellboy 2004 performer: "We'll Meet Again"
I'll Be There 2003 performer: "There'll Always Be An England"
A Is for Acid 2002 TV Movie performer: "When the Lights Go On Again" - uncredited
The 1940s House 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The End of the Affair 1999 performer: "Wishing Will Make It So", "Symphonie"
Futurama 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Déjà Vu 1997 performer: "The White Cliffs Of Dover"
Lolita 1997 performer: "I'm In The Mood For Love"
The Beatles Anthology 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "We'll Meet Again"
And a Nightingale Sang 1989 TV Movie performer: "We'll Meet Again" - uncredited
The Singing Detective 1986 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Women of Valor 1986 TV Movie performer: "There'll Always Be An England"
The Jewel in the Crown 1984 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 performer: "White Cliffs of Dover"
Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 performer: "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot"
De Fred Haché Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Safe Place 1971 performer: "Lavender Blue"
Dad's Army 1971 performer: "We'll Meet Again" - uncredited
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964 performer: "We'll Meet Again" 1939 - uncredited
Venus fra Vestø 1962 performer: "Wish me luck"
Desert Patrol 1958 performer: "What a Day We Will Have" - uncredited
The Wind Cannot Read 1958 performer: "The Wind Cannot Read"
One Exciting Night 1944 performer: "It's Like Old Times", "There's a New World Over the Skyline", "One Love", "My Prayer", "You Can't Do Without Love", "It's So Easy to Say Good Morning" - uncredited
Rhythm Serenade 1943 performer: "The Sunshine of Your Smile", "When We're Home Sweet Home Again", "I Love To Sing", "Bye and Bye", "So It Goes On", "With All My Heart", "It Doesn't Cost a Dime" - uncredited
We'll Meet Again 1943 performer: "Be Like the Kettle and Sing", "You'll Never Know", "I'm Yours Sincerely", "After the Rain", "Ave Maria", "All the World Sings a Lullaby", "We'll Meet Again" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One Exciting Night 1944 Vera Baker
Rhythm Serenade 1943 Ann Martin
We'll Meet Again 1943 Peggy Brown
A Fire Has Been Arranged 1935 Extra (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Traceroute 2016 Documentary singer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Night Out 1963-1964 TV Series Herself
Comedy Bandbox 1963 TV Series Herself
Venus fra Vestø 1962 Herself
Kingsley Amis Goes Pop 1962 TV Mini-Series Herself
The Charlie Chester Music Hall 1962 TV Series Herself
Vera Lynn Presents 1960 TV Series Herself
The Royal Variety Show 1960 TV Movie Herself
Top Town Tournament 1960 TV Series Herself - Judge
Whack-O! 1959 TV Series Herself - Guest
Vera Lynn Sings 1955-1959 TV Series Herself
The Ivor Novello Awards 1959 TV Special Herself - Performer
This Is Your Life 1957-1959 TV Series documentary Herself
A Boxing Day Party 1957 TV Movie Herself - Hostess
These Are the Shows 1957 TV Movie Herself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z 1957 TV Series Herself
Show Band Parade 1957 TV Series Herself
Off the Record 1955-1957 TV Series Herself
Tonight at Nine 1956 TV Movie Herself
Garrison Theatre 1955 TV Series Herself
De TV maakt muziek 1955 TV Series Herself
Music-Hall 1949-1954 TV Series Herself
The Dave Garroway Show 1954 TV Series Herself
London Laughs 1953 TV Movie Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1952 TV Series Herself - Singer
Tin Pan Alley 1951 Herself
Stars in Your Eyes 1948 TV Series Herself
Funny Thing, This Wireless! 1947 TV Movie Herself
Variety 1947 TV Series Herself
The Unforgettable Norman Wisdom 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself - Friend (as Dame Vera Lynn)
Entertaining the Troops 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Dame Vera Lynn)
100 Years of the London Palladium 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Dame Vera Lynn)
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Norman Wisdom: His Story 2010 Herself (as Dame Vera Lynn)
The Vera Lynn Story 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Dame Vera Lynn)
Breakfast 2009-2010 TV Series Herself - Singer / Herself
Outbreak 1939 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself (as Dame Vera Lynn)
The One Show 2009 TV Series Herself
The Dad's Army Podcast 2008 TV Series Herself
Fighting the Blue 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
A Picture of Britain 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
An Audience with Des O'Connor 2001 TV Special Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
A War to Remember 2001 Video documentary Herself - Host (as Dame Vera Lynn)
Legends 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Happy Birthday Ma'am 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Royal Family at War 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
V.E. Day 1995 TV Movie Herself / Singer
Celebration Concert - It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow 1995 TV Movie Herself
Clive James on 1994 1994 TV Movie Herself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Songs That Won the War 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself, Presenter (as Dame Vera Lynn)
Gulf Aid 1991 Video Herself
Des O'Connor Tonight 1987 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1979-1987 TV Series documentary Herself
Chasing Rainbows - A Nation and Its Music 1986 TV Series documentary Herself
The Time of Your Life 1983 TV Series Herself
Parkinson 1981 TV Series Herself
Night of One Hundred Stars 1980 TV Movie Herself
Chaos Supersedes E.N.S.A.. 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Interviewee
Every Night Something Atrocious 1980 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
Words of War 1979 TV Mini-Series Herself
Max Bygraves Side by Side 1978 TV Series Herself
Seaside Special 1977 TV Series Herself
Fall In, the Stars 1977 TV Movie Herself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1977 TV Series Herself
Looks Familiar 1976 TV Series Herself - Guest
Festival of Entertainment 1976 TV Movie Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 1975 TV Movie Herself
The World at War 1974 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Vera Lynn Show 1974 TV Series Herself
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1972 TV Series Herself
Vera Lynn 1969-1972 TV Series Herself
A Christmas Night with the Stars 1958-1971 TV Series Herself
The Harry Secombe Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Val Doonican Show 1968 TV Series Herself
Ave Maria 1968 TV Movie Herself
International Cabaret 1968 TV Series Herself
Gala 65 1965/I TV Movie Herself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1961-1965 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Omnibus 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
The Sound of Change 1968 TV Movie Herself

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#Quote
1 I got so many letters. I still get them now, and I'm always moved by them. It seemed extraordinary that soldiers would come back from the war and write to thank me for what I had done. It made me feel very humble, and that's why I've always done everything I can to thank them back.
2 You hear people go on about unpopular wars, but show me a popular one. Nobody in their right mind wants to go to war, but when it happens you have to get behind your troops.
3 I've never claimed to be a great singer but I've always given my best, and I've loved what I've done, and had a very good life.


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