Happy 100th Birthday to Dame Vera Lynn

Yesterday we regretted the loss of Chuck Berry, whom so many of us loved and enjoyed. Today is a happier occasion for today is the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn, DBE, OStJ, CH, honorary citizen of Nashville Tennessee, holder of the British War medal, and the Burma Star. She is known worldwide as the British Forces Sweetheart. Quite a career for a girl from East Ham, Essex.

And besides, all here know of my weakness for British redheads, so any excuse to feature one is welcome.

Her first recording was Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire, recorded on Crown Records in 1936.


Her greatest fame came during the Second World War when she became the Force’s Sweetheart with songs such as these

And this


And tonight her image will b projected on those very same white cliffs, by the country she served so well.

This is interesting

But it wasn’t all about loneliness either, especially before the war got so grim, the humour showed itself.

Eventually, it was over

But she kept right on singing, this was the very first #1 on the American charts by a British artist.

And still she goes on, Decca released a new album,  Vera Lynn 100, just three days ago. Here is the trailer

And yes, amazon.co.uk says they will send it out to us Yanks, as well, if we want.

So, how do we end this glorious retrospective? There is only one possible way, in my mind.

And it will truly always be a:

Happy Birthday, Dame Vera!





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6 Responses to Happy 100th Birthday to Dame Vera Lynn

  1. the unit says:

    Glad you posted this. Another example of something, someone I’d have missed in my life if it weren’t for NEO. Hope she has as many more days as possible and her health without pain as long as possible.
    Odd, another site that rests on Sundays and posts a “respite” of music posted a instrumental of How Great Thou Art yesterday. I was inspired to youtube it with George Beverly Shea singing. Found one with him singing at nearly 103. He’s passed on now at 104 in I believe in 2013.

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    • NEO says:

      They are fun, I should do them more often, but, well, you know… But just have to get away from politics once in a while. And yes, she is one of my very favorites, and I haven’t heard “How Great Thou Art” done well in quite a while – have to look it up! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Shea was funny as he was sorta being interviewed as well. He said he’d met a fellow from the club Rolling Thunder and asked him if he’d named the motorcycle club after the song. He was told it was named after the Vietnam operation. Shea then said something about bombers that I couldn’t make out, but it drew laughs.
        I don’t know that his singing the song is the best done well. I think I like better his singing I’d Rather Have Jesus.

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        • NEO says:

          Sometimes the best isn’t about the technicalities, it’s about love, or something like that. I’d always assumed that the club was named after that organization, nice to know it was. You could be right, and few of us get to be better singers as we get old anyway. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I thought I did pretty well singing in the shower…’til I saw this! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          Oh my, she is good, don’t expect it much anymore with the young’uns. 🙂

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