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Old 09-14-2009, 04:25 AM
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"Does anyone remember Vera Lynn?"


She's still alive.

She's 92.

And her "Best of" collection is Number One on the UK Charts- yes, ahead of The Beatles Remastered!

Long Live Vera!


http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/enterta...6908-21672070/
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:00 AM
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Nevermind. Self-edit.

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Old 09-14-2009, 05:12 AM
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Just brilliant.

They interviewed her on BBC Radio 4 a couple of weeks ago when the album first got into the charts, and she is still all 100% there mentally.

She also sang for the interview. She can still sing. What a wonderful lady.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:30 AM
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Unfortunately, when anyone references Vera Lynn, it reminds me of the end of Dr Strangelove. Vera Lynn = Armageddon. Gulp.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:41 AM
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Unfortunately, when anyone references Vera Lynn, it reminds me of the end of Dr Strangelove. Vera Lynn = Armageddon. Gulp.
And of course, the other pop culture reference is Pink Floyd's The Wall (from which the OP title comes).
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:33 AM
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Yes- still remember her. Good to see she is still kicking along.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:30 AM
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And of course, the other pop culture reference is Pink Floyd's The Wall (from which the OP title comes).
She also gets a namecheck in Robyn Hitchcock's The Yip Song, though I expect rather fewer people will be familiar with that.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:35 AM
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Good to see she is still kicking along.
Or even bob-bob-bobbing along.

ETA: Did she sing that? I thought it was but I'm not so sure now...

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She also gets a namecheck in Robyn Hitchcock's The Yip Song, though I expect rather fewer people will be familiar with that.
And the Kinks' "Mr. Churchill Says".
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:07 AM
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Or even bob-bob-bobbing along.

ETA: Did she sing that? I thought it was but I'm not so sure now...
If you're think of 'When The Red Red Robin Comes Bobbin' Along', that was Al Johnson.
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If you're think of 'When The Red Red Robin Comes Bobbin' Along', that was Al Johnson.
Yeah, but it's a standard innit; I thought Vera Lynn had covered it too. On googling, I see it might have been Doris Day I was thinking of... Never mind.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:30 PM
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I've met Vera Lynn, and have a few photos of her somewhere in the collection i left back in Australia.

I was working at a country house hotel in the English Lakes District back in 1991, and she was a guest in the hotel. Knowing that photography was my hobby, the hotel manager asked me to take a few pictures of him and Vera and her husband Harry. He put it on a wall somewhere in the hotel, and for all i know it might still be there.

Anyway, she and Harry were both very charming and friendly.
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Whenever I hear her name it conjures images of her being lampooned by Spitting Image in 1995. They were mocking the surfeit of public ceremonies wherein she sang "We'll Meet Again".
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Unfortunately, when anyone references Vera Lynn, it reminds me of the end of Dr Strangelove. Vera Lynn = Armageddon. Gulp.
My dad played it every night before a mission.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:43 PM
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I too like Vera Lynn of course her American counterpart Jo Stafford was just as good, if not better, but Lynn still was great.

My favourite song of hers is her renditon of "Be LikeThe Kettle And Sing"
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Till me meet again with a well behaved crowd singing along.
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Old 03-20-2020, 12:54 AM
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Wow I found this thread after realizing March 20th is her birthday.

The girl is still going strong at 103

Here's her message about the coronavirus
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Wow I found this thread after realizing March 20th is her birthday.

The girl is still going strong at 103

Here's her message about the coronavirus
Okay, when I saw an eleven year old thread about somebody who was 93 had been re-opened, my assumption was not that the new post was going to be best wishes for her birthday.
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Old 03-20-2020, 01:55 AM
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Lucky any contributors are still alive.
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Old 03-20-2020, 02:55 AM
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I know her! Although she's way over 100, I have her on a DeathPool list. I'm going for quantity, not points.
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Old 03-20-2020, 06:19 AM
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I remember her! "The White Cliffs of Dover", lovely song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAaxkAgVkHQ
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I prefer "I'll Be Seeing You," myself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsfbp5aEAQE
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She lives in the village of Ditchling, just down the road from us.

(File under Lynn, Vera; Trivia).

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Does anybody else in here feel the way I do?
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:00 AM
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Wow I've always loved her most famous song "We'll Meet Again" and I knew her name but I always just assumed the woman that sang it was long dead, that song was released 81 years ago and she's still alive, holy crap!
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She seems absolutely lovely. I bet she's a hoot at parties with a gin & tonic in her.
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I didn't know about "Be Like the Kettle" till a couple of weeks ago, when one of the TV channels down the bottom of the EPG was showing her movies, one of which included it (given her reputation for fairly slow and sentimental numbers, which not everybody was that keen on, even at that time, it was a pleasant surprise):

https://youtu.be/DvoYB1U1Wq4

But one I've always liked is Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day
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This thread brings to mind a lyric from the Kinks song "Mr. Churchill Says":

As Vera Lynn would say
We'll meet again someday
But all the sacrifices we must make before the end...
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And then there was her song about rationing: "Whalemeat again".....
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Old 03-21-2020, 05:56 PM
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Awk! That was the title of a Jim Capaldi song and album. And I never got the joke.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:58 AM
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I just loved her message about the coronavirus and sticking together to beat this. She is one classy lady.
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A friend of mine interviewed her a few years ago. She and her daughter are very nice, although Dame Vera is quite deaf these days. Apparently schoolkids come to her door occasionally to ask her questions, which she finds sweet.
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Wow I found this thread after realizing March 20th is her birthday.

The girl is still going strong at 103

Here's her message about the coronavirus
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Okay, when I saw an eleven year old thread about somebody who was 93 had been re-opened, my assumption was not that the new post was going to be best wishes for her birthday.
*nods* yeah that was pretty much my line of thought too when I got down that far.
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