Vera Lynn Dead At 103
It's Been Announced Today That Dame Vera Margaret Lynn Has Died Aged 103.
She was a British singer, songwriter and entertainer, whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War. She appeared in 4 films, "A Fire has Been Arranged" (1935), "We'll Meet Again" (1943), "Rhythm Serenade" (1943) and "One Exciting Night" (1944) as well as her music providing soundtrack for over 70 TV programmes and other films.
She was widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart", and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India, and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). The songs most associated with her are "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover", "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "There'll Always Be an England".
She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the US and recording such hits as "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" and her UK number one single "My Son, My Son". Her last single, "I Love This Land", was released to mark the end of the Falklands War. In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart with the compilation album We'll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. In 2014 she released the collection Vera Lynn: National Treasure, and in 2017 she released Vera Lynn 100, a compilation album of hits to commemorate her centennial year—it was a number 3 hit, making her the first centenarian performer to have a Top 10 album in the charts.
Lynn devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She was 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 20th century.
Ultimately, she'll be long remembered with great affection as not only a marvellous singer, but as the symbol of a now almost gone generation that endured and suffered through one of the bleakest times in our history.