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She's Still a Favourite! Dame Vera Lynn set to top the Charts at the Age of 97
Express ^ | Tue, June 3, 2014 | Kirsty McCormack

Posted on 06/06/2014 1:54:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway

BRITISH singer/songwriter Dame Vera Lynn is on course to make the top 20 at the age of 97, it's been revealed.

The Forces' Sweetheart released 'Vera Lynn: National Treasure - The Ultimate Collection' at the beginning of this week, and it's already flying off the shelves.

If the strong sales continue throughout the week, Dame Vera could even make the top ten and will extend her lead as the oldest living artist to figure so high up in the album chart.

Her last major chart feat was five years ago when she achieved a number one with an earlier best-of release.

Dame Vera's latest record comes as preparations are taking place to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings this Friday.

The mother-of-one will also have a role in a major commemorative concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the evening of the anniversary when Katherine Jenkins duets with a recording of her singing the popular wartime hit 'We'll Meet Again'.

The track featuring both their voices also features on the new album, along with a number of previously unreleased recordings of Dame Vera - who made her professional debut at the age of seven - which were unearthed by her daughter Virginia.

in an interview published last week she expressed surprise that her wartime role, buoying the nation's spirit through song, was still so strongly recognised.

"I never thought the Forces' Sweetheart tag would stay with me, but it has, hasn't it?" she said.

"I thought it would last for the war period, then I'd just be another singer. Of course I've never minded that everybody always connects me with that time. It was so important."

The Official Charts Company will announce the midweek placings tomorrow, with the actual chart issued on Sunday.


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1 posted on 06/06/2014 1:54:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Was introduced to her singing by greatgrandad .... he’s just turned 92 ...mind as sharp as a tack.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 1:57:13 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: SkyDancer

That’s great. He’s just a youngster compared to her. It’s wonderful that you have so much time with a great grandparent.


3 posted on 06/06/2014 1:58:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The stories he’s told when growing up in Brooklyn ... have them on tape (well CD) - told about the time of Dec.7th when the Japs hit Pearl Harbor. Him and his friends went cruising looking for Japs (his terminology which I fully understand. Today it’d be racist if you said that)


4 posted on 06/06/2014 2:03:14 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: nickcarraway

“We’ll meet again. Don’t know where. Don’t know when....” I can hear her voice singing that even now. My folks used to play a record of that over and over when they would talk about the importance of freedom and vigilance


5 posted on 06/06/2014 2:03:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

My DH is British and my FIL fought the Gerries on the British coast as a gunner. “White Cliffs of Dover” makes me choke up.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 2:04:14 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: nickcarraway

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?


7 posted on 06/06/2014 2:05:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?


8 posted on 06/06/2014 2:05:33 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: dfwgator

Great minds think alike...


9 posted on 06/06/2014 2:06:05 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: dfwgator

I seem to recall her mentioning meeting a again on a nonspecific date, barring clouds.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 2:07:07 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Does anybody else feel the way I do?


11 posted on 06/06/2014 2:09:24 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: dfwgator

remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day....


12 posted on 06/06/2014 2:10:16 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

What has become of her?


13 posted on 06/06/2014 2:11:30 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?

Damn betcha!

We'll Meet Again is one of the most memorable songs of the era. Perfect tonality -- bittersweet, yet hopeful.

14 posted on 06/06/2014 2:16:22 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: demshateGod

Sounds like she’s still making music :)


15 posted on 06/06/2014 2:17:05 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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To: nickcarraway

https://ia600309.us.archive.org/23/items/VeraLynn-WhenTheLightsGoOnAgain/VeraLynn-WhenTheLightsGoOnAgain..mp3

https://ia600303.us.archive.org/31/items/VeraLynn-TheWhiteCliffsOfDover/TheWhiteCliffsOfDover-VeraLynn.mp3


16 posted on 06/06/2014 2:21:09 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler
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To: okie01

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Tw16dNyJs


17 posted on 06/06/2014 2:27:50 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: demshateGod

“I feel with my hands.

How do you feel....???”

101 year old friend use to love saying that when asked how she feels....

He Larry Us!


18 posted on 06/06/2014 2:29:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
This needs to be posted here.

We'll Meet Again, by Vera Lynn

This is, I believe, the second recording. The original was her singing solo. This version was recorded in concert, before a hall of young Royal Army troops soon to be on their way to join Montgomery's forces in North Africa. And they're invited to join her in the vocal about halfway thru.

The atmospherics are amazing. It is clear that she is singing to them!

19 posted on 06/06/2014 2:29:35 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: Vendome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MummZBgO3Ek


20 posted on 06/06/2014 2:35:40 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: lonestar

Thanks. We both posted a You Tube link at about the same time — to the same version of the song, but with different graphics.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 2:36:52 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: nickcarraway

22 posted on 06/06/2014 2:38:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway
Ironically, I came across this on YouTube a couple of nights ago and was quite moved by this tribute to Dame Vera. She appears singing in a film clip toward bthe end of Hailey Westenra's performance, and at the end, you see her in the box seat and a glimpse of the Queen, who looks a bit teary-eyed.

Remembrance Day Concert 2009

23 posted on 06/06/2014 2:53:56 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Sarah Palin - Last Man Standing (Ironic, ain't it?))
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To: LaybackLenny

Vera Lynn’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” was played at our mother’s funeral. Dad, who was a WWII vet, had died some years before, and it was a favorite of theirs.


24 posted on 06/06/2014 3:22:13 PM PDT by Mjaye
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To: nickcarraway

Some musician friends of mine did a D-Day Concert at our local library last night. Vera Lynn was very much highlighted there and a soloist sang, “We’ll Meet Again.” The popular music from that era is very beautiful and touching.


25 posted on 06/06/2014 3:25:10 PM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: nickcarraway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hqtaoz4QFX8


26 posted on 06/06/2014 3:26:53 PM PDT by EverOnward
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!

Lasted longer than Pink Floyd, that’s for sure...


27 posted on 06/06/2014 7:08:05 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: okie01
That's the 1953 version. Here's the original

We'll Meet Again--Vera Lynn (1940)

28 posted on 06/08/2014 4:22:59 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway
My favorite Vera Lynn song

Calling Me Home (1936)

29 posted on 06/08/2014 4:27:04 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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