On June 18th, 2020 English singer, songwriter and entertainer Vera Lynn died at her home in East Sussex, England aged 103.

Dame Vera Margaret Lynn, CH, DBE, OStJ was hugely popular during the Second World War and was widely referred to as the Forces’ Sweetheart, giving outdoor concerts for the British troops overseas in Egypt, India and Burma.

The songs most associated with her are, We’ll Meet Again, (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and There’ll Always Be an England.

On their 1979 album The Wall, Pink Floyd released a song titled Vera, referencing Vera Lynn and the song We’ll Meet Again.

She continued to record and perform in the post-war years and her last single, I Love This Land, was released to mark the end of the Falklands War.

In 2009, at the age of 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart with her compilation album, We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn. Then, in 2017, she released Vera Lynn 100, a compilation to commemorate her centenary. This made it to No 3 making her the first centenarian to have a Top 10 album.

By the time of her death she had been active in the music industry for 96 years. Dame Vera Lynn is a key artist on our Decades station from her peak years.

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