British singer Dam Vera Lynn died at the age of 103. She became a national treasure during WWII, when she kept the mood with songs like “We Will Meet Again” and “The White Cliffs of Dover”.
Vera Lin was the last of the great artists to survive the war years, and with her death, an era in the history of popular entertainment ended.
Lynn was born in London in 1917 (as Vera Margaret Welsh) and raised in the East End. She began performing at the age of seven, and in 1935 she made her debut on the radio, and in 1936 she recorded her first recording.
At the outbreak of war in 1939, it was already a household name.
During the darkest phase of the war in 1941, Lynn began her own “Yourself” radio program, in which British forces were greeted all over the world. Lin and her quartet also sang the songs the soldiers wanted to hear.
Her chants of “We’ll Meet Again,” “The White Cliffs of Dover,” “The Nightingale’s Song at Berkeley Square,” and “There Will Always Be England” are among the true classics of popular music of the war years.
Lin also toured extensively with British units on various fronts, in Egypt, India and Burma, and was dubbed “the lover of the forces.” In a poll, she was named the Soldiers’ Favorite Female Artist, in competition with competitors such as Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.
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Lin’s popularity lasted for decades after the war. When the first British singles chart was introduced on 9 November 1952, there were three songs for it. One of them, “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart”, became popular in the United States and topped charts there – the first charts in the United States performed by a non-American artist.
In addition to being an artist, Vera Lynn has also become known for her extensive contributions to philanthropy. Among other things, it has set up its own funds to help breast cancer patients and children with cerebral palsy.
For her artistic and humanitarian efforts, she was called an OBE in 1969 and a Lady Commander (DBE) in 1975. In 1976 she was knighted as Mrs. Vera Lynn.
Even in the last decades of her life, Lynn was very active for her age. She performed her last actual concert outside Buckingham Palace in 1995, 50 years after the end of World War II in Europe. But even then, she’s often shown on television, speaking at memorial services, and giving interviews in which she emphasized the importance of lessons learned from the unforgettable years of war.
In September 2009, the 92-year-old Lynn became the oldest artist to top the UK album chart, with the compilation album “We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn” taking first place. A new collection, “Vera Lynn: The National Treasure – The Ultimate Collection,” was released in June 2014 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.