Vera Lynn is 100 years old!

Vera Lynn is 100 years old!

What a voice!  She was an important figure for the West’s greatest trial which produced the greatest generation.

You young’uns pay attention!  There was once music which moved nations to more than… I don’t want to say.

When you see older people who lived this music in their own youth… ask them what it was like.  Their living memories are precious.

Vera Lynn is 100 years old!


I said UK HERE!

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  1. Mariana2 says:

    I had no ideas she was still with us! A great lady, all her interviews are charming.

  2. L. says:

    I remember “We’ll Meet Again” from the end of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

  3. APX says:

    I’ve recently been getting into the older singers such as Dame Clara Butt and Kathleen Ferrier (I’m more drawn to the contraltos who seem to be an endangered species bordering on to extinction), and in the process stumbled upon Vera Lynn in the process. I often wonder what it was like to hear these big voices live in person compared to the anything but digitally optimized recordings we have left behind.

  4. TNCath says:

    She is one of the all time greats! Thank you for posting, Fr. Z.

  5. Rob in Maine says:

    HT to Pink Floyd.

    “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
    Remember how she said that
    We would meet again
    Some sunny day?
    Vera! Vera!
    What has become of you?
    Does anybody else here
    Feel the way I do?”

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks Fr. Z, I also did not know Vera Lynn was alive. That Battle of Britain movie from the first clip is worth seeing.

    In fifth-grade a classmate of mine also interested in WWII owned a remarkable collection of WWII memorabilia, including a small collection of Glenn Miller and Vera Lynn records such as “White Cliffs of Dover.” My buddy sometimes liked to play at full volume the song “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.” That phrase is credited to a Navy chaplain (“sky-pilot” in WWII slang) on board a ship during the Sunday morning Pearl Harbor attack.

  7. robtbrown says:

    Vera Lynn can be heard singing We’ll Meet Again at the end of Dr Strangelove.

  8. Kathleen10 says:

    Happy Birthday Vera Lynn! God bless her. There is something about that era, we’ll never see the stellar human beings and citizens they were (are) again I fear. I have my father-in-law’s Glenn Miller albums, and they are treasured. 40’s music is great overall.

  9. kiwiinamerica says:

    “There’ll be bluebirds over, the white cliffs of Dover,
    tomorrow, just you wait and see…………..”

  10. jaykay says:

    Yes, Kathleen10, I agree. The generation of Tolkien and Lewis (both WW1 combatants) were succeeded by a generation that equalled them in self-abnegating self-sacrifice. In fact, that generation’s war was THE crucial one. One could perhaps say WW1 was a tragic mistake but WW2 was necessary? Knowing how awful modern war would be, they nevertheless threw themselves in. The stiff upper lip is so often derided now but it carried them through. I’m thinking of my uncle, and godfather, R.A.M.C., dropped at Arnhem, captured (lucky not to be executed), escaped and was hidden by the Dutch Resistance before making his way back to Allied lines. The epitome of the stiff upper lip, in all the best ways, thorough gentleman. Thank God I had him, and so many of that generation, as examples.

  11. Simon_GNR says:

    I’ve always liked the way that in “We’ll Meet Again” “again” rhymes with “when” – quite correctly. (It doesn’t rhyme with train or rain.)

  12. Former Altar Boy says:

    I’m partial to “You’ll Never Know How Much I Love You.”
    Listen on YouTube:

  13. andia says:

    kiwiinamerica says “There’ll be bluebirds over, the white cliffs of Dover,
    tomorrow, just you wait and see…………..”

    “They”ll be Love and Laughter and Peace every after – tomorrow when the world is free….”

    Great voice… She inspired a generation, God bless and all who inspire.

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