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Vera Lynn
Songs Collection - the "Forces Sweetheart" in World War Two

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Among My Souvenirs   A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart   Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer
Don't Cry My Love   From The Time You Say Goodbye
Harbor Lights   I'll Be Seeing You
I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time   I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
I Shall Be Waiting   Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt Major
Land Of Hope And Glory   Lily Marlene
Mexicali Rose   My Son, My Son
One Day I'll Fly Away   Sailing
That Lovely Weekend   The Anniversary Waltz
There'll Always Be An England   The Rosary
This Is The Army Medley   We'll Meet Again
When I Grow Too Old To Dream   White Cliffs Of Dover
Wish Me Luck As You Wave Goodbye   You Can't Be True
You'll Never Know   Yours
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About Vera Lynn (1933 - )
the "Forces Sweetheart" in World War Two

Born: 20 March 1917;
Birth Name: Vera Margaret Welch;
Birthplace: East Ham, London, England;
Known As: The forces sweetheart

The mere mention of Vera Lynn's name evokes images of London skies filled with barrage balloons, and Britons riding out the German blitz in shelters and subway stations.

England's sweetheart during the trying times of World War II, Lynn was still in her twenties when she took on that role. She was born Vera Margaret Welch in London's East Ham, to Bertram and Annie Welch, one year before the close of the First World War.

She began singing as a girl of seven, also studying dance as a child. She later took her maternal grandmother's maiden name as her stage name, and her natural, unaffected vocal style and charm brought Lynn early success on the radio.

At age 18, she was singing with Joe Loss' orchestra, and she'd also begun recording.

By the end of the 1930s, after stints working for Charlie Kunz's and Bert Ambrose's bands, Lynn got her own radio series. This event coincided with the end of what was known as the "Phony War," that period in which men were being conscripted and sent overseas, rearmament rushed, and nightly blackouts imposed, but no shots fired or bombs dropped. The shooting war started in 1940, and it was around that same time that Lynn became the host of the BBC radio program Sincerely Yours; the show became incredibly popular with overseas servicemen who missed their girlfriends, and her regular songs included such hopeful/heartsick ballads as "White Cliffs of Dover," "We'll Meet Again," "Wishing," and "Yours," which were taken to heart by the British public.

Her recordings -- now done for Decca Records, which had absorbed the Crown label some years before -- all sold well, and Lynn also made several films during the war years, appeared in a stage revue, and sang for troops in Asia. Her sentimental brand of pop music was regarded as a huge help to morale, and Lynn herself virtually a national treasure.

Within just a few months of the end of the Second World War, Lynn surprised and shocked the public by announcing her retirement. As early as Christmas of 1946 she'd begun a limited return to recording, however, and by the end of 1947 she was working again, touring the variety circuit and gaining another BBC radio program.

Decca seized a golden opportunity in 1948 by releasing Vera Lynn material in America during a musicians strike that had crippled the stateside music industry, and Lynn gained a Top Ten hit that year with "You Can't Be True, Dear." And in 1952, she became the first British artist to hit number one on the American charts when "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" spent nine weeks at the top spot.

That same year, Lynn managed an astonishing hat trick back home with the advent of the first singles chart for England -- unveiled in New Musical Express in November of that year -- when her records occupied three of the top 12 positions. Her first (and only) British number one came two years later, with "My Son My Son," and she gradually moved from radio/variety work to television spots during the '50s in order to round out her schedule, recording increasingly contemporary material during the 1960s and '70s -- when she left Decca for EMI.

She received an OBE from the British crown in 1969, and in 1975 was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire. Though she performed sparingly during the 1980s, she did appear at commemorations for the 40th anniversary of D-Day and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, and continued to do charity work. In 2005, she also spoke on behalf of veterans of World War II on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of VE Day. ~ Written by John Bush & Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.

(June 2006) Vera Lynn is now widowed and residing in Ditchling in East Sussex.

Remembers: The Songs That Won the War 2
Remembers: The Songs That Won the War 2

Auf Wiederseh n Sweetheart
Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

We'll Meet Again
We'll Meet Again

Forces Sweetheart: 49 Original Mono Recordings 1936-1952
Forces Sweetheart: 49 Original Mono Recordings 1936-1952

Sincerely Yours: 22 Great Songs
Sincerely Yours: 22 Great Songs

Recordings by Vera Lynn:
1935
"The General's Fast Asleep";  "No Regrets";  "When the Poppies Bloom Again";  "I'm in the Mood for Love" (Rex Records);  "Sailing Home With The Tide" (Rex Records);  "Thanks A Million" (Rex Records)

1936
"Heart Of Gold" (Rex Records);  "A Star Fell Out Of Heaven" (Rex Records);  "Crying My Heart Out For You" (Rex Records);  "It's Love Again" (Rex Records);  "Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?" (Rex Records): "Have You Forgotten So Soon?" (Rex Records);  "Everything Is Rhythm" (Rex Records)

1937
"When My Dream Boat Comes Home" (Rex Records);  "Goodnight, My Love" (Rex Records);  "All Alone In Vienna" (Rex Records)

1940
"Careless";  *"Until You Fall in Love";  "It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow";  "When You Wish upon a Star";  "Memories Live Longer Than Dreams";  "There'll Come Another Day";  "{There'll Be Bluebirds Over} The White Cliffs of Dover".

1941
"Smilin' through";  "When They Sound the Last All Clear";  "Yours";  "My Sister and I";  "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire".

1942
"We'll Meet Again" (from the 1942 film of the same name);  "You're in my Arms".

1948
"You Can't Be True, Dear" (1948);  "Again".

1952
"Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart";  "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)".

1954 onwards
"My Son, My Son" (UK number 1, 1954);  "The Homing Waltz";  "Forget Me Not";  "Windsor Waltz";  "Who Are We";  "A House With Love In It";  "The Faithful Hussar (Don't Cry My Love)";  "Travellin' Home";  Hits Of The Sixties (album);  "By the Time I Get To Phoenix";  "Everybody's Talking";  "The Fool On The Hill".

Films:
We'll Meet Again (1942)
Rhythm Serenade (1943)
One Exciting Night (1944)

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