Hayley Westenra
Gracie Fields
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Charlie Kunz

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Vera Lynn

Knowledge Identifier: +Vera_Lynn


Vera Lynn

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 add

Category: Music

Born in 1917.

Countries: United Kingdom (46%), United States (20%), Germany (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: EMI, Hayley Westenra, Mantovani

Linked to: Decca Records, British National Party, Royal Air Forces Association, ABBA




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Vera Lynn was born in 1917 add something


Eileen Joyce - Her recordings made her popular internationally in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly during !World_War_II; at her zenith she was compared in popular esteem with Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn


Charlie Kunz - Two of Britain's most famous female vocalists were with his orchestra in the 1930s; Vera Lynn and Welsh songstress Dorothy Squires


Her first radio broadcast, with the Joe Loss Orchestra, was in 1935 add something


Vera Lynn made her solo recording debut with the song "Up The Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire" in February 1936 add something


In 1937, she moved to the aristocrat of British dance bands, Bert Ambrose add something


In 1938 the Decca label took over control of the British Crown label and the UK based Rex label, they had issued early singles from Lynn in 1937, including "Harbour Lights" add something


This label was absorbed by Decca Records in 1938 add something


In late September 1939 Vera Lynn first recorded a song that continues to be associated with her, the song "We'll Meet Again was originally recorded with Arthur Young on the Novachord add something


Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the Decca label issued all of Vera Lynn's records, including several recorded with Mantovani and His Orchestra in 1942 and with Robert Farnon, from the late 1940s add something


Olga Lopes-Seale - In the 1940s and 1950s she was known as "the Vera Lynn of the Caribbean"


In 1941 Lynn married Harry Lewis, a clarinetist and saxophonist, whom she had met two years earlier add something


In 1941, during the darkest days of World War II, Lynn began her own radio programme, "Sincerely Yours", sending messages to British troops serving abroad add something


She is best known for her 1942 recording of the popular song "We'll Meet Again", written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles; the nostalgic lyrics were very popular during the war and made the song one of its emblematic hits add something


She appeared in the 1943 film of that name add something


In the late 1950s Lynn recorded four albums at Decca, the first; "Vera Lynn Concert" remains her only live recording ever to be issued on vinyl add something


In the mid 1950s Decca issued several EP singles, which featured between two and four recordings per side, such as "Vera Lynn's Party Sing Song" from 1954 and singles were issued on two formats the known 78prm 10" and the recently introduced 45rpm 7" single add something


Hymne a l'amour - English language versions are usually titled after the rendering by lyricist Geoffrey Parsons: "If You Love Me ", introduced in 1952 by Vera Lynn


In 1953 Lynn formed the cerebral palsy charity SOS and became its chairperson add something


Eddie Calvert - Calvert co-wrote "My Son, My Son" in 1954 - a chart-topper for Vera Lynn


Vera Lynn was the subject of This Is Your Life on two occasions, in October 1957 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre, and in December 1978, for an episode which was broadcast on 1 January 1979, when Andrews surprised her at the Cafe Royal, London add something


In 1960 she left Decca Records after nearly 25 years, and joined EMI add something


In 1960, after more than 20 years at Decca Records, Lynn signed to the US based MGM Records, in the UK her recordings were distributed by the His Masters Voice label, later EMI Records, several albums and stand alone singles were recorded with Geoff Love & His Orchestra, Norman Newell took over as Lynn's producer in this period and remained with her until her 1976 "Christmas with Vera Lynn" add something


Lynn has lived in Ditchling in Sussex since the early 1960s add something


She hosted her own variety series on BBC1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was a frequent guest on other variety shows, notably The 1972 "Morecambe & Wise" Christmas Show add something


Contrary to later reports, she neither sang nor recorded "Rose of England" during this time and it was only in 1966 when her producer, David Gooch, selected it for her album "More Hits of the Blitz" that she became familiar with it add something


In 1972 she was a key performer in the BBC anniversary programme Fifty Years Of Music add something


In 1976 she hosted the BBC's A Jubilee Of Music, celebrating the pop music hits of the period 1952-1976 to commemorate the start of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee year add something


The Vera Lynn Charity Breast Cancer Research Trust was founded in 1976, with Lynn its chairperson and later its president add something


For ITV she presented a 1977 TV special to launch her album "Vera Lynn in Nashville", which included pop songs of the 1960s and country songs add something


Recording at EMI Records up until 1977, Lynn released thirteen albums with material as diverse as traditional Hymns, pop and country songs, as well as re-recording many of her known songs from the 1940s for the albums "Hits of the Blitz" , "More Hits of the Blitz" and "Vera Lynn Remembers - The World at War" add something


In the 1980s two albums of contemporary pop songs were recorded at the Pye Records label, both included covers of songs previously recorded by such artists as &Abba and Barry Manilow add something


In 1982 a stand alone single "I Love This Land" was issued and in 1984 Horatio Nelson Records issued Vera Lynn's last recordings made before her retirement add something


In 1985 it was announced that she would receive the Burma Star for entertaining British guerrilla units in Japanese-occupied Burma add something


The Times Wednesday, March 20, 1985; pg add something


Lynn sang outside Buckingham Palace in 1995 in a ceremony that marked the golden jubilee of VE Day add something


She was made an Officer of the Order of St John in 1998 and, in 2000, Dame Vera received a special "Spirit of the 20th Century" award add something


Second World War - 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 add something


In 2002 Lynn became president of the cerebral palsy charity The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and hosted a celebrity concert on its behalf at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London add something


The United Kingdom's VE Day Diamond Jubilee ceremonies in 2005 included a concert in Trafalgar Square, London, in which Lynn made an unannounced appearance add something


Katherine Jenkins - After Jenkins and Dame Vera Lynn were together at centre stage at the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005 during the song "We'll Meet Again", the newspapers dubbed Jenkins "the new Forces' Sweetheart", a nickname given to Lynn during World War II. Lynn had said to Jenkins that she should "go out and entertain the troops," which Jenkins promised she would


On 19 August 2008 Lynn became the Patron of the Forces Literary Organisation Worldwide for ALL, a charitable not-for-profit organisation which helps those affected by war add something


Cabinet War Rooms - In September 2008 Lynn helped launch a new social history recording website, "The Times of My Life", at the Cabinet War Rooms in London add something


In 2009 she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at the age of 92 add something


On 18 February 2009, "The Daily Telegraph" reported that Lynn was suing the British National Party for using "the White Cliffs of Dover" on an anti-immigration album without her permission add something


Her autobiography "Some Sunny Day" was published in August 2009, when Lynn was 92 add something


On 3 September 2009 Andrew Castle hosted Lynn on GMTV to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Britain's declaring war on Germany add something


On 13 September 2009 Lynn became the oldest living artist to make it into No. 1 in the British album chart, at the age of 92, passing such veterans of music as American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong and French singer Charles Aznavour add something


Hayley Westenra - On 7 Sep 2009, She joined the Dame Vera Lynn Trust as a Vice-President for this Children with Cerebral Palsy charity


Doris Day - British singer Vera Lynn reached the top of the chart in August 2009 at the age of 92, but that was with the greatest hits album We'll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn.


Hayley Westenra - Festival of Remembrance - On 7 November 2009, Hayley performed at the Festival of Remembrance, singing "We'll Meet Again", made famous by Dame Vera Lynn during WWII, at the Royal Albert Hall


On 16 November 2010 Dame Vera Lynn became Patron of The Dover War Memorial Project, a voluntary not-for-profit group remembering the Fallen from Dover, Kent, England add something


In 2013, she joined a PETA campaign against pigeon racing, stating that the sport was "utterly cruel add something


On 20 March 2014, her 97th birthday, Lynn announced that she was releasing a new album "Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection add something


In August 2014, Lynn was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to "The Guardian" opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue add something


She was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to entertainment and charity add something


In February 2017 it was announced that Lynn would be releasing a new LP entitled "Vera Lynn 100" through Decca Records, to be released three days before her 100th birthday on 17 March 2017 add something


Lynn received two nominations at the 2018 Classic Brit awards for Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award add something


In January 2019 it was reported that The London Mint Office had commissioned acclaimed Norwegian artist Ross Kolby to paint a portrait of Dame Vera add something