Dame Vera Lynn (20.03.1917- ) OBE DBE

Brittisk sångerska. Född i Eastham, London som Vera Welch. Började sjunga redan som 7-åring, dansade på music halls i tidiga tonåren och bildade egen danstrupp när hon var 15 år. Tog sig artistnamnet Lynn efter sin farmor (mormor?). Började sjunga i Joe Loss orkester men det stora genombrottet kom när hon började sjunga hos Charlie Kunz. Debuterade i radio och på skiva 1935 då hon var sångerska i Joe Loss orkester och gjorde sin första solo-skiva på Crown 1935 (The General's Fast Asleep" 3/10 1935, med The Rhythm Rascals som var en pseudonym for Jay Wilbur's orkester). Hon utsågs 1940 till soldaternas speciella "Sweetheart" (The Forces Sweetheart) och var så populär att hon fick ett eget radioprogram
Best quote:
"These boys gave their lives and some came
home badly injured and for some families life
would never be the same. We should always
remember, we should never forget and we
should teach the children to remember"
"Sincerely Yours" som sändes till de Brittiska trupperna utomlands. Sin solokarriär startade hon 1941 och turnerade sedan under kriget överallt där brittiska soldater var förlagda. När kriget var över slutade hon uppträda men hon kom dock tillbaka redan 1947 och gjorde turneer i USA och Skandinavien.
Hon utnämndes 1969 till OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) och 1975 till DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) för sina insatser under WWII och tituleras Dame Vera. Från 1941 gift med saxofonisten och klarinettisten Harry Lewis ( - 1998) med vilken hon har en dotter, Virginia.

Litt:
Vera Lynn discography (Tony Middleton, pt.1 1936-50, 1994, pt.2 1951-84, 1995)
Vocal Refrain (Vera Lynn, W.H. Allen, London 1975)
We'll Meet Again (R. Cross, 1990)
Some Sunny Day (Vera Lynn, 2009)
Länkar:
Hemsida om Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn på Engelskspråkiga Wikipedia

Skivinspelningar   Vinyl & Filmer
Caméo
A star fell out of heaven / Baxter Dance Orch. (Insp. London 08.1936) / 2048 /
All alone in Vienna / Casani Club Orch. (D: Charlie Kunz, insp. London 03.1937) / 491 / *

Crown
The general's fast aleep / Rhythm Rascals (Insp. London 03.10.1935) / 9" (Debutskivan)
Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire / Orch. (Insp. 1935) / 9"

Decca
A house with love in it / Orch. (D: Johnny Douglas) / London 21.09.1956 / F 10799 / 
A house with love in it / Orch. (D: Johnny Douglas) / London 21.09.1956 / F 44327 / 
A mother's prayer at twilight / Artur Young, novacord / F 7300 / *
Addio amoré / Johnston Brothers / Roland Shaw Orch.) / F 10463 / *
After a while / Her own orch. / F 8556 / *
And love was born / Roland Shaw orch. (Insp. London 20.11.1951) / F 9817 / *
Auf wiedersehn sweetheart / Orch. / F 9927 / *
Be like the kettel and sing / Jay Wilbur and his band (Insp. 16.11.1942) / 
Beautiful isle of somewhere / The Roland Shaw orch. / F 10196 /
Bells of St. Mary's, The / Rae Jenkins and his quartet (Insp. London 06.04.1938) / F 44101 /
Bells of St. Mary's, The / Rae Jenkins' quartet (Insp. London 06.04.1938) / F 6662 / *
Bells of St. Mary's, The / Rae Jenkins' quartet (Insp. London 06.04.1938)/ F 7940 / *
Besame Mucho / Len Edwards & his Orch. (Insp. 05.01.1944) / F 8407 /
Cherry pink and appleblossom white / Woolf Philips orch. / F 40702 / *
Cherry Ripe / Orch. (Insp. 09.09.1943) / F 8646 
Christopher Robinis saying his prayers / Fred Hartley and his music /  F 8041 / *
Coming Home / Len Edwards & his Orch. (Insp. 13.06.1945) / F 8544 /
Concerto for two / Mantovani and his orchestra (Insp. London 16.02.1942) / F 44103 / *
Concerto for two / Mantovani and his orchestra (Insp. London 16.02.1942) / F 8093 / *
Cry / Roland Shaw orch. (Insp. London 20.11.1951) / F 9817 / *
Do you ever dream of tomorrow? / Orch. / F 8509 / *
For sweethraerts everywhere / Orch. / F 8509 / *
Forget me not / Roland Shaw / F 9985 / *
From the time you say goodbye / Orch. / F 9927 / *
General's fast asleep, The / Rhythm Rascals (Insp. London 03.10.1935) / 
Good-night walz, The / The Mitchell Eight / Robert Farnon and his orch. / F 9159 / * 
Happiest new year of all, The / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8489 / *
Home sweet home / Mantovani and his orch. (Insp. London 03.09.1941) / F 44102 /
Home sweet home / Mantovani and his orch. (Insp. London 03.09.1941) / F 8161 / *
Homing walz, The / Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of Her Majesty's Forces / Roland Shaw orch. / F 9959 / *
House with love in it, A / Johnny Douglas (Insp. London 21.09.1956) / F 10799 amp; F 44327 / 
I couldn't sleep a wink last night / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8466 / *
I do / Roland Shaw orch. / F 10463 / *
I hope to die (if I lie) / Her own orch. / F 8556 / *
I love you truly / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8762 / *
I love you truly / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8762 / *
I´ll wait for you / Mantovanis orkester / F 10184 / 
If you go / Orchestra (C: Roland Shaw) / F 9803 / *
If you love me / The Roland Shaw orch. / F 10196 /
I'll always love you / Members of Her Majesty's Forces / F 10159 / *
I'll make up for everything / Orchestra (C: Bob Farnon) / F 8826 / *
I'll see you again / Fred Hartley and his music /  F 8041 / *
I'm beginning to se the light / Len Edwards orch. / F 8544 /
In my little red book / Rae Jenkins' quartet / F 6662 / *
I'ts easy to remember / Orchestra (C: Bob Farnon) / F 8826 / *
Jealousy / Orchestra (C: Roland Shaw) / F 9803 / *
Little star / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8489 / *
Long ago (and far away) / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8466 / *
Love of my life, The / The Johnston singers / Roland Shaw orch. / F 10044 / 
Love's old sweet song / Mantovani and his orch. / F 8161 / *
Ma curly headed baby / Fred Hartley and his music (Insp. London 27.05.1942) / F 8337 amp; F 44102 /
More and more / Och. / F 8530 / *
My dream is yours / Bob Farnon and his orchestra / F 9254 /
My dreams are getting better / Orch. / F 8530 / *
My love, my love,my happiness / Mantovanis orkester / F 10184 /
My son, my son / Frank Weir his saxophone / NF 10372 / *
My son, my son / Frank Weir his saxophone and orch / F 10372 / *
Now and forever / Roland Shaw orch. / F 10361 / *
Now that I need you / Bob Farnon and his orch. / F 9199 / *
On a rainy day in Paris / Robert Farnon and his orch. / F 9195 / * 
Once I loved you / Orch. / F 10159 / *
Our heaven on earth / Frank Weir and his saxophone and orch / F 10372 / *
Our heaven on earth / Frank Weir, saxophone / NF 10372 / *
Song of surrender / Bob Farnon and his orch. / F 9199 / *
This is my mother's day / Robert Farnon and his orch. / F 9195 / *
This perfect day / Robert Farnon and his orch. / F 9159 / *
Too-whit! Too-Whoo! / Bob Farnon and his orchestra / F 9254 /
Try again / Roland Shaw orch. / F 10361 / *
Twilight Walz / Mantovani and his orch. (Insp. London 17.11.1942) / F 8241 / *
Two eyes of gray / Artur Young / F 7940 / *
Walk hand in hand / Roland Shaw orch. (Insp. London 10.05.1956) / F 10737 amp; F 44327 /
We'll meet again / Soldatkör / Orch. /
Vera Lynn popular medley, side 1amp;2 / The Clubmen / F 10164 / *
Vera Lynn's party sing-song, part 1amp;2 / Woolf Phillips and his orch. / F 10411 / *
What more can I say? / Mantovani and his orchestra (Insp. London 16.02.1942) / F 8093 / *
When I grow too old to dream / Woolf Philips orch. / F 40702 / *
When swallows say goodbye / Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of her Majesty's Forces / F 9985 / *
When the lights go on again / Mantovani and his orc. (Insp. London 17.11.1942) / F 44101 /
When the lights go on again / Mantovani and his orc. (Insp. London 17.11.1942) / F 8241 / *
While you danced, danced, danced / Orch. (Roland Shaw) / F 9804 /
White cliffs of Dover / Orch. (Insp. London 20.03.1942) / 
Wish me luck / Artur Young, novacord / F 7300 / *
World is waiting for the sunrise, The / Orch. (C: Len Edwards) / F 8762 / *
You can't be true, dear (Du kannst nicht treu sein) / Bob Farnon and his orch. (Insp. London 01.1948) / F 44103 / *
You can't be true, dear (Du kannst nicht treu sein) / Bob Farnon and his orch. (Insp. London 01.1948) / F 8883 /
You'll never know / Ork. (Insp. 08.1943) /
Yours / Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen of Her Majesty's Forces / Roland Shaw orch. / F 9959 / *

Kristall
All alone in Vienna / Casani Club orch. (D: Charlie Kunz) / London 03.1937 / 440 / 
Poor little Angeline / Jay Wilbur and his band (Insp. London 30.03.1936) / 345 /
Sailing home with the tide / Casani Club Orch. (Insp. London 15.11.1935) / 311 / 

London
Drifting and dreaming / Bob Farnon and his orch. / 274 / *
Hymns my mother used to sing, The / Bob Farnon and his orch. / 274 / *
 
Rex
A star fell out of heaven / Baxter Dance Orch. (Insp. London 08.1936) / 8859
All alone in Vienna / Baxter Dance Orch. (Insp. London 03.1937) / 9011 / 
Crying My Heart Out For You / / 8860
Did Your Mother Come From Ireland ? / 10.1936 / 8916
Everything Is Rhythm(selection) / / 8945
Goodnight, My Love / 03.1937 / 9010
Have You Forgotten So Soon ? / 12.1936 / 8944
Heart Of Gold / 05.1936 / 8789
I'm In The Mood For Love. / 10.1935 / 8623
It's Love Again, part 1amp;2 / 09.1936 / 8877
Poor little Angeline / Jay Wilbur and his band (Insp. London 30.03.1936) / 8764 /
Sailing Home With The Tide / 11.1935 / 8659
Sailing home with the tide / Casani Club Orch. (Insp. 15.11.1935) / 8660 / 
Thanks A Million / 12.1935 / 8682
When My Dream Boat Comes Home / 10.1937 / 8964

Filmer:
We'll meet again (1939)
Rhythm Serenade (1943)
One Exciting Night (1944)

LP / EP / CD
The world of Vera Lynn (Decca PA12, LP 1980) *
Vera Lynn med kör och orkester (Decca DFE 6042, EP 1954) *
Sincerely yours (Decca DFE 6042, EP 1956) *
We'll meet again. The very best of Vera Lynn
White cliffs of Dover (3 x CD)

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