Vera-Lynn-Well-Meet-Again--480549Singer and ‘forces’ sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn has once again entered the UK charts. At age 92 this makes her the oldest living artist to enter the top 20 of the UK album charts. Her album, We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn, was released on the 70th anniversary of the declaration of war.

Vera Lynn’s singing career had started in the Twenties when she began singing in a working men’s club at the age of seven. Lynn’s first radio broadcast was in 1935 with the Joe Loss Orchestra. She was already being featured on the records of dance bands, including those led by Loss and Charlie Kunz. She made her first solo record on the Crown label in 1936, “Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire”.

In 1940, one year after the beginning of World War II, Lynn began her own radio programme, Sincerely Yours, sending messages to British troops serving abroad. She and a quartet would perform songs most requested by the soldiers. Lynn also visited hospitals to interview new mothers and send personal messages to their husbands overseas. During the war years she would tour Egypt, India, Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops.

In 1942, Lynn recorded the Ross Parker/Hughie Charles song “We’ll Meet Again”, also appearing in the film of that name. The nostalgic lyrics (“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day”) were very popular during the war and became one of the emblematic songs of the war.

Lynn remained popular after the war in the Fifties, peaking with “My Son, My Son”, a number-one hit in 1954.  She then hit the top 10 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart in 1967 with “It Hurts To Say Goodbye”.

In a BBC interview on her latest chart success Dame Vera said: “I am extremely excited and delighted to be back in the charts after all these years.”

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