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Vera Lynn Reaches Century Milestone

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By Emily

Dame Vera Lynn is to release a new album to mark her 100th birthday, which she will celebrate on 10th March.

“Vera Lynn 100” is the title of the album which feature Dame Vera’s original vocals with “full orchestra and choir.” Also included is the unreleased cover of ’Sailing’, the song made famous by Sir Rod Stewart. Additionally, other well-known British singers such as Alfie Boe, Alexander Armstrong and Aled Jones will cover Vera Lynn’s war time hits.

 

The East Ham born singer was known as ‘the Forces’ Sweetheart’ during the Second World War with her infamous songs ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ proving popular with those serving in the armed forces.

She first recorded a radio broadcast in 1935 with the Joe Loss Orchestra and ‘We’ll Meet Again’ was recorded four years later. While hosting her own radio show, ‘Sincerely Yours’ in 1941, she sent messages to the troops who were stationed abroad and performed requested songs with her accompanying musical quartet.

 

A tribute show ‘Happy Birthday Vera Lynn’ will be broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm on Saturday.

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