Friday, October 23, 2009

Dame Vera Lynn song collection available now

Born in London in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn began her music career as a young girl but soon became one of the most famous voices of World War II. She solidified her place among the immortals of show business as “The Forces’ Sweetheart” with her bittersweet songs and her morale boosting voice which sustained many British troops through the dark years of World War II. In 1940 she started her own BBC radio program "Sincerely Yours” as a way of sending messages to overseas servicemen who missed their girlfriends. She also starred in several patriotic films and performed at many outdoor concerts for the troops. Her popularity has never waned and she remains perhaps the most beloved of all British female vocalists. We’ll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn will be in stores November 3rd on Decca.

This new collection containing 24 of the most popular songs from her early years proved an instant hit with the UK reaching #1 on the UK charts. At 92, Dame Vera made chart history as the oldest artist to achieve such a feat. The Times (UK) declared, “It’s official: Vera Lynn is bigger than the Beatles” while The Guardian noted Vera Lynn is “still our sweetheart.” The Vera Lynn spirit has an optimistic and heartening message that proves timeless. Her songs have just as much relevance today as they did back when mankind plunged into the madness of WWII. The Sun was quoted as saying “She’s proven that music of this vintage and significance can still resonate with the public.”

We’ll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn is a nostalgic collection of songs from the height of Dame Vera’s popularity including her greatest hits: “We'll Meet Again”, “The White Cliffs Of Dover”, “Yours, It’s A Lovely Day Tomorrow” and the immortal song “As Time Goes By” featured in the film hit of 1944 Casablanca.

After more than 60 years, the utterly distinctive timbre of Vera Lynn’s voice still brings a special poignancy to these ballads of hope and heartache.

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