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Vera Lynn

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(1917 – present)

Vera Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch in East Ham, London(20 March 1917). Later she adopted her grandmother’s maiden name Lynn as her stage name. She began singing at the age of seven. Her first radio broadcast, with the Joe Loss Orchestra, was made in 1935. At this point she was being featured on records released by dance bands including Loss’s and Charlie Kunz’s. In 1936 she made her first solo record on the Crown label, “Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire”. This label was soon swallowed up by Decca. After a short stint with Loss she stayed with Kunz for a few years during which she waxed several standards.

Lynn married clarinettist and saxophonist Harry Lewis in 1939, the year World War II broke out. In 1940 she began her own radio series, “Sincerely Yours”, sending messages to British troops stationed abroad. In this radio show she and a quartet performed the songs most requested to her by soldiers stationed abroad. She also went into hospitals to interview new mothers and send messages to their husbands overseas. She toured Burma and gave outdoor concerts for soldiers. In 1942 she recorded the Ross Parker/Hughie Charles song “We’ll Meet Again” while making the film of the same name. The nostalgic lyrics (“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”) had a great appeal to the many people separated from loved ones during the war, and it became one of the emblematic songs of the wartime period.

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  • bgk90

    I think it's wonderful that Vera Lynn's music can have several rebirths and be looked at in a different light then when these songs were first made. Thanks to Pink Floyd and Dr Strangelove for leading me to her years ago.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    Happy 96th Birthday Vera <3

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • caduds

    does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • charleymae

    Pink Floyd brings me here :))) Such an amazing voice!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Gumbertovich

    Vera Vera What Has Become of You?

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Tombo60

    Beautiful vcie, she is a phenomenal woman! I would love to meet her!

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Mary_MarySue

    <3 обожаю ее *__*

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mojopin95

    Dr. Strangelove.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mint_maniac

    Просто великолепно.

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Vera Lynn into the Class of 1971. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    Happy Birthday Vera! She is 95 today! 20th of March! It is probably the 19th still over in America..the uk etc though :) I hope you have a fantastic day :D

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • pr1nceofpersia

    does anybody else here feel the way I do?

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    no one can beat Vera's voice. I hope she lives forever and ever

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    Land of hope and glory...what an extremely moving song

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    such a divine voice. So beautiful...I have her singles collection of 2 cds and it contains some songs I have never heard from her. Does anyone else have this? it is beautiful

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • StePri

    I love Vera, she's timeless! [2]

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Melllisssa

    I love Vera, she's timeless!

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • malusienka

    Does anybody else in here feel the way I do?

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Harmaa_Griffin

    Omg, I found her only due to Pink Floyd :3

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BeckyLovesDelta

    I'm too young to like her, I'm only 19, but I think her voice is beautiful. It makes me feel like I was back in that time. I wish I could experience it just once to see what it was like.

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
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