Vera Lynn’s hits of the Blitz is a treat. And just look that the way the cover album photographer has her propped up on that wall in those pumps. So ahead of her time, no doubt. lol. Oh Vera. Is she a diva? We will never know but she is a Dame and this does qualify as “hits” and a keeper. Well, looks like the old Dame has a big British following and some serious achievements. Known as the Sweetheart of the forces… wiki: Dame Vera Lynn, DBE (born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917) is an English singer-songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. During the war she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops. She became known, and is still referred to, as “The Forces’ Sweetheart“; the songs most associated with her are “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the United States and recording such hits as “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” and “My Son, My Son“. In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92. She has devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She is still held in great affection by veterans of the Second World War and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the twentieth century.
For a historical photo look of the Dame’s career:
For her lovely voice:
- Vera Lynn – Dame Vera Lynn Backs White Cliffs Campaign (contactmusic.com)
- Vera Lynn backs £1m bid to buy White Cliffs of Dover for nation (thesun.co.uk)
- Why are the White Cliffs of Dover so important to the British? (bbc.co.uk)