Vera Lynn

1917 - 2020

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Dame Vera Margaret Lynn (née Welch; 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020) was an English singer, songwriter and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during the Second World War. She was widely referred to as the "Forces' Sweetheart" and gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vera Lynn has received more than 4,068,222 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Vera Lynn is the 181st most popular singer (up from 294th in 2019), the 803rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,146th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular British Singer.

Vera Lynn is most famous for her time as a singer during World War II, when she was known as the "forces' sweetheart."

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Among singers, Vera Lynn ranks 181 out of 3,541Before her are David Coverdale, Esma Redžepova, Bob Geldof, Tori Amos, Barbara Strozzi, and Falco. After her are Chris Rea, Claude François, Chavela Vargas, Udo Jürgens, Mario Del Monaco, and Mario Lanza.

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Among people born in 1917, Vera Lynn ranks 50Before her are Thelonious Monk, Violeta Parra, Maurice Duverger, Dinu Lipatti, Susan Hayward, and Hirokazu Ninomiya. After her are Leonid Hurwicz, Leonora Carrington, Masahiko Kimura, John Kendrew, Barry Nelson, and Andrew Huxley. Among people deceased in 2020, Vera Lynn ranks 76Before her are Clive Cussler, Bill Withers, Terry Jones, Kelly Preston, Honor Blackman, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After her are Robert Shavlakadze, Ken Shimura, James Randi, Carl Reiner, Kim Ki-duk, and John Saxon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Vera Lynn ranks 803 out of 6,924Before her are Patrick Blackett (1897), David McCallum (1933), David Cameron (1966), Keith Moon (1946), Michael Atiyah (1929), and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866). After her are Chris Rea (1951), James Gregory (1638), Graham Chapman (1941), Colin Chapman (1928), Thomas Cavendish (1560), and Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire (1480).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Vera Lynn ranks 23Before her are Bruce Dickinson (1958), Tom Jones (1940), Eric Burdon (1941), Susan Boyle (1961), Bryan Ferry (1945), and David Coverdale (1951). After her are Chris Rea (1951), Chris Norman (1950), Petula Clark (1932), Peter Green (1946), Rob Halford (1951), and Shirley Bassey (1937).