Topping the number one record in Britain this week, is Dame Vera Lynn, at age 92. The top one hundred, included the newly remastered Beatles albums, and several Michael Jackson recordings.
Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917, in East Ham, then in Essex, now part of Greater London. Her father was a plumber and Vera Welch grew up with her parents' Cockney accent, which she has never abandoned. She began singing at the age of seven in a working men's club, and later adopted her grandmother's maiden name for her stage name.
The much loved singer, who 70 years ago, recorded an evocative reminder of home for British soldiers fighting far away, became the oldest living recording artist to claim the number one spot, with her album "We'll Meet Again" _ The Very Best of Vera Lynn",
Lynn was fondly known as the "Forces Sweetheart", with her songs including, "We'll Meet Again", and "They'll be Bluebirds Over, The White Cliffs of Dover", were all wartime's anthems.
Music writer John Aizlewood attributed the popularity to the times in which we live. "In a sense, it's comfort music,". "These are quite uncertain times, and quite austere times, as well. And in these times, you need music to help you through."
He attributed much of Lynn's resurgence to nostalgia, a longing for simplicity and old-fashioned values, and "pension power".
Made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 1975, she has been an established part of significant national functions, such as the 2005 anniversary celebrations of World War II's Victory in Europe Day, and the late Queen Mother's birthday.
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