Vera Lynn Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1917 - present *** Full Name: Vera Margaret Welch would become known as Vera Lynn and later Dame Very Lynn *** Nickname: The Force’s Sweetheart *** Occupation: English Singer, Songwriter and Actress *** Date of Birth: Vera Lynn was born on March 20th 1917 *** Place of Birth: Vera Lynn was born in East Ham, East London, England *** Family background: Her father was a plumber *** Early life and childhood: She grew up in East London *** Education: Vera Lynn attended school until she was eleven years of age ***
Vera Lynn Fact 1: Vera Lynn was born on March 20th 1917 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Vera Lynn Fact 2: Always a singer from an early age, when Vera was a child and began performing in public she chose to use her grandmother’s maiden name as her own.
Vera Lynn Fact 3: She was seven years old when she made her first public appearance.
Vera Lynn Fact 4: She performed with Joe Loss Orchestra in 1935 on the radio as well as performing with Charlie Kunz.
Vera Lynn Fact 5: It would be in 1936 that she would release her first solo record Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire on the Crown Label which would later become part of Decca Records.
Vera Lynn Fact 6: Having worked with Loss she moved on to Kunz for a few years at which point she recorded a number of standard musical songs.
Vera Lynn Fact 7: By 1937 she had moved on to Bert Ambrose one of the aristocratic British dance bands.
Vera Lynn Fact 8: The song that would make her a worldwide known vocalist was released in 1939 and was We’ll Meet Again. This song overwhelming resonated during the war years and for many years after.
Vera Lynn Fact 9: Men of the armed forces were asked to pick their favorite vocal performer and by far the most popular person chosen was Vera Lynn and this was the point at which she became known as “the Forces Sweetheart”.
Vera Lynn Fact 10: As the war took hold she began a radio broadcast called Sincerely Yours, which was aimed at sending messages to troops who were serving overseas and largely her singing material was that requested mostly by servicemen.
Vera Lynn Fact 11: Her next great record his was “The White Cliffs of Dover” and again this would become synonymous with Vera.
Vera Lynn Fact 12: During those war years she became a member of ENSA which is the Entertainments National Service Association and performed for servicemen stationed in India, Burma and Egypt.
Vera Lynn Fact 13: During 1944 before the Battle of Kohima she went to Shamsheernugger airfield where she performed for the troops and gave them hope and encouragement, lifting morale.
Vera Lynn Fact 14: Captain Bernard Holden, a serviceman that would become a lifelong friend remarked “her courage and her contribution to morale” were next to none.
Vera Lynn Fact 15: It was in 1985 that she was honored with being the recipient of the Burma Star for entertaining the units of British guerrillas in Burma at time occupied by the Japanese.
Vera Lynn Fact 16: She is still one of the few remaining war time entertainers.
Vera Lynn Fact 17: Post war she would become the first British recording artist to top the American charts with “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” and remained there for nine weeks.Vera Lynn Fact 18: She continued to be popular throughout the 50’s and had a number one hit in 1954 with “My Son, My Son” which she co-wrote.
Vera Lynn Fact 19: In 1957 she became the subject of the popular TV show This is Your Life hosted by Eamonn Andrews on the BBC and again in 1978. She also regularly appeared on variety shows popular on British TV such as the Morecambe & Wise show and has always been a firm favorite on The Royal Variety Performance attended by a member of the Royal Family and produced every year for the last eighty five years.
Vera Lynn Fact 20: More recently she has performed at ceremonies marking the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, VE Day and Royal British Legion Festive of Remembrance. She was presented with an OBE Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1969 and was promoted to a DBE Dame Commander in 1975.
Influence and Legacy: She has become the nation’s sweetheart not only of the servicemen. She stands so much for what is English and has helped and supported many charities over her lifetime including The Star’s Organisation for Spastics, the Vera Lynn Charity Breast Cancer Research Fund. She is also the Patron of the Forces Literary Organization Worldwide for ALL.
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