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Vera Lynn turns 90 (Thatcher in Birthday Chorus)
Reuters ^ | March 20, 2007

Posted on 03/20/2007 4:33:18 PM PDT by Fiji Hill

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joined a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for wartime singer Vera Lynn, who turned 90 on Tuesday.

Lynn, nicknamed the "Forces' sweetheart" who entertained the troops during World War Two, was honoured at a small ceremony held at the Imperial War Museum in London where she joined guests in watching a short film about her life.

Katherine Jenkins, a young Welsh singer who has taken over the mantle of unofficial darling of British troops serving abroad, performed two of Lynn's most famous songs -- "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover".

Jenkins flew to the southern Iraqi port of Basra to perform for soldiers at Christmas in 2005.

Through her songs, Lynn became a symbol of hope for British and Allied soldiers fighting Nazi Germany and the Axis powers, particularly with her rendition of "The White Cliffs of Dover", as the coastal cliffs facing occupied France lay in the shadow of German bombers and the threat of invasion.

The tall and blonde Lynn was eventually given the title of Dame of the British Empire in 1975, amid disapproval that it had taken 30 years after the end of the war for the symbol of British fortitude to be honoured.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: lynn; music; thatcher; veralynn; wwii

1 posted on 03/20/2007 4:33:19 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
Miss Lynn's singing of We'll Meet Again always brings tears to my eyes.

A WW2 song of hope - knowing many did not meet again.

2 posted on 03/20/2007 4:37:42 PM PDT by llevrok (When illegals are the majority, can we citizens open up casinos ?)
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To: Fiji Hill
"Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn....
Remember how she said that we would meet again some sunny day."
3 posted on 03/20/2007 4:37:49 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Fiji Hill
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4 posted on 03/20/2007 4:43:57 PM PDT by randita
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To: Fiji Hill

The title you created "Thatcher in Birthday Chorus as Vera Lynn Turns 0-" was not the title at the source and had to be changed. Also the duplicate thread you posted had to be removed.

Please do not alter titles.


5 posted on 03/20/2007 4:46:58 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Fiji Hill

I didn't know that Vera Lynn was still living. Good for her.


6 posted on 03/20/2007 4:49:19 PM PDT by HAL9000 (Get a Mac - The Ultimate FReeping Machine)
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To: Fiji Hill
My favorite is her rendition of Lili Marlene
7 posted on 03/20/2007 4:52:32 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Fiji Hill

Thank you for this most worthy post.


8 posted on 03/20/2007 4:54:14 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: llevrok
A WW2 song of hope - knowing many did not meet again.

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Just like "I'll be home for Christmas" (1943). There's another one that chokes me up from that time...can't get the title though. It'll come to me and I'll report back. James Taylor (of all people) recorded a heart-wrenching version of it....

9 posted on 03/20/2007 4:56:08 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: randita

Good looking doll . God bless her !


10 posted on 03/20/2007 4:56:37 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: fso301; Fiji Hill

Lili Marlene is unique in that it is the ONLY song that has ever been popular with troops on OPPOSITE sides of the same war.

Vera Lynn's US equivalent would probably be Margaret Whiting ("Moonlight in Vermont") or possibly Jo Stafford..


11 posted on 03/20/2007 4:57:11 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: ken5050

12 posted on 03/20/2007 4:58:31 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: fso301; Fiji Hill

Lili Marlene is unique in that it is the ONLY song that has ever been popular with troops on OPPOSITE sides of the same war.

Vera Lynn's US equivalent would probably be Margaret Whiting ("Moonlight in Vermont") or possibly Jo Stafford..She was known as "GI Joe" for her many USO tours in the ETO


13 posted on 03/20/2007 4:58:59 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: Fiji Hill

At one point in her life, she was married to a New Jersey fellow, Fred Castellano. I've seen their divorce decree, so I know that it's true. Does anyone know any more about this marriage?


14 posted on 03/20/2007 4:59:39 PM PDT by Salvey (ancest)
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To: wtc911; llevrok

Got it...."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"...gets me every time.


15 posted on 03/20/2007 5:01:38 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: SunTzuWu
"Vera! Vera! What has become of you?

-PJ

16 posted on 03/20/2007 5:01:51 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: sushiman

FYI..check out Kate's website..there are two music videos available to view...arias..she is gorgrous..


17 posted on 03/20/2007 5:03:44 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: ken5050

Kate who ?


18 posted on 03/20/2007 5:16:33 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

weren't you talking about Katherine Jenkins?


19 posted on 03/20/2007 5:17:49 PM PDT by ken5050 (The 2008 winning ticket: Rudy/Newtie, with Hunter for SecDef, Pete King at DHS, Bill Simon at Treas)
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To: sushiman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZtEBPq5-Ic


20 posted on 03/20/2007 5:21:25 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: ken5050

When ? Where ?


21 posted on 03/20/2007 5:22:13 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Fiji Hill

She sang "Yours" based on a classical tune and it will rip your heart out if you've ever been in love.


22 posted on 03/20/2007 5:37:20 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Fiji Hill

The first time I heard "We'll Meet Again" was at the end of the movie
"Dr. Strangelove".

Great song. And just a sign of what the 1960s were all about when
a movie producer uses it in a show making light of Armageddon.


23 posted on 03/20/2007 5:42:13 PM PDT by VOA
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To: pankot

"Yours" was based on "Quiereme Mucho." Vera Lynn had hits with this tune in 1941 and 1953.


24 posted on 03/20/2007 6:02:40 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: llevrok
Miss Lynn's singing of We'll Meet Again always brings tears to my eyes.

Last fall, they were playing her 1939 recording or We'll Meet Again over the PA system at the close of UCLA football games.

25 posted on 03/20/2007 6:06:25 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill




We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when,
But I'm sure we'll meet again some sunny day.
Keep smiling through, just like you always do
Till the blue skies chase the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say "Hello" to the folks that I know
Tell them I won't be long,
They'll be happy to know that when you saw me go
I was singing this song.

We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when,
But I'm sure we'll meet again some sunny day.



One of my favourites that both my Mum and Dad would sing it.


26 posted on 03/20/2007 6:07:01 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Political Junkie Too
"Vera! Vera! What has become of you?

Pink Floyd?

That's what I think of when I hear the name "Vera Lynn."

27 posted on 03/20/2007 6:09:21 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: sushiman

Don't know where, don't know when.


28 posted on 03/20/2007 6:10:24 PM PDT by Jan Hus
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To: Steely Tom
Yup. You must have skipped past post #3, which I replied to.

-PJ

29 posted on 03/20/2007 6:10:36 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: ken5050
Vera Lynn had a few US hits as well, including Again (1949), Auf Wiedersehen (1952), and her 1953 version of We'll Meet Again.
30 posted on 03/20/2007 6:11:39 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Salvey
At one point in her life, she was married to a New Jersey fellow, Fred Castellano. I've seen their divorce decree, so I know that it's true. Does anyone know any more about this marriage?

Vera Lynn married Harry Lewis, a musician, in 1939 and nas never been divorced.

31 posted on 03/20/2007 6:20:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: wtc911

Vera Lynn also did a great version of "White Christmas."


32 posted on 03/20/2007 7:01:27 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

You can still hear her on Track 4, XM Radio.


33 posted on 03/20/2007 7:05:03 PM PDT by Excellence (Vote Dhimmocrat; Submit for Peace! (Bacon bits make great confetti.))
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To: sushiman

Thanks for posting that great clip. I had a close relative who lived in wartime England and sometimes spoke of Vera Lynn, but I have never seen film of her singing. She has an amazing voice. Seeing her in front of about 10000 men in uniform really gives a feeling for that time.


34 posted on 03/20/2007 7:46:12 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded

To be honest , I'd never heard of her before , being born in 1952 . But I was fascinated by what I read here so sought out the video . Glad you enjoyed it .


35 posted on 03/20/2007 7:59:12 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Fiji Hill

Happy birthday to Miss Lynn.


36 posted on 03/20/2007 9:36:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: fso301

"My favorite is her rendition of Lili Marlene"

At the risk of being considered a bit senile since I am almost 85, I too will alway have a deep fondness for that WW2 song--after Normandy my Coast Guard Resflo 1 group of 83' wooden cutters were assigned to various duties in the English Channel and French ports as well as the invasion beaches---during winter of '44-'45 most of us (and cutters) were shipped back to USA---I was assigned as CPO of Guard on CG transport USS Wakefield which carried German prisoners---one beautiful, moonlit night at sea the prisoners were playing accordians and singing in their berthing sections below---the sound of hundreds of male voices singing 'Lili Marlene' that flowed up the ladder wells is something I shall never forget and it touches my memories each time it is played---for there, but for the Grace of God, went I


37 posted on 03/20/2007 10:10:19 PM PDT by cmotormac44
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To: Political Junkie Too
Yup. You must have skipped past post #3, which I replied to.

No, I read it, but didn't get the rest of the quote. My memory's fuzzy on it, for some reason. Can't imagine why.

38 posted on 03/21/2007 4:53:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: cmotormac44
Thanks for sharing that experience. I seem to recall that the nazis originally tried to ban the song but couldn't because it was so popular.

Of all the wonderful songs that Vera sang, I consider Lile Marlene to be her best. Her voice was flawless and full of heart tugging emotion

39 posted on 03/21/2007 5:24:50 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Fiji Hill

Happy 95th to her!


40 posted on 03/20/2012 8:02:26 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Fiji Hill

Happy 97th!


41 posted on 03/20/2014 6:15:33 AM PDT by Borges
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