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Vera Lynn

1917 - 2020

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Dame Vera Margaret Lynn (née Welch; 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020) was an English singer and entertainer whose musical recordings and performances were very popular during World War II. She is honorifically known as the "Forces' Sweetheart", having given outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India and Burma during the war as part of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). The songs most associated with her include "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". She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the United Kingdom and the United States, and recording such hits as "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" and her UK number-one single "My Son, My Son". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vera Lynn has received more than 4,738,780 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Vera Lynn is the 319th most popular singer (down from 181st in 2019), the 1,244th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 802nd in 2019) and the 45th 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 319 out of 3,528Before her are Joey Tempest, Antonio Cesti, Billy Preston, Victoria Beckham, Phil Ochs, and Galina Vishnevskaya. After her are Udo Dirkschneider, Giuseppina Strepponi, Tarja Turunen, Justin Timberlake, Elis Regina, and Youssou N'Dour.

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Among people born in 1917, Vera Lynn ranks 88Before her are Harold Garfinkel, Buddy Rich, Alparslan Türkeş, Zhang Chunqiao, Asmahan, and Nikolai Ogarkov. After her are Irving Penn, Otto Kittel, Giuseppe De Santis, Vasily Petrov, Maurice Trintignant, and Yigael Yadin. Among people deceased in 2020, Vera Lynn ranks 98Before her are Ida Haendel, Bill Withers, Ernesto Cardenal, Kelly Preston, Stanley Ho, and Florian Schneider. After her are Jack Welch, Lorenzo Sanz, Gérard Houllier, David Prowse, Abdul Halim Khaddam, and Amadou Toumani Touré.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Vera Lynn ranks 1,244 out of 7,765Before her are Joan Plowright (1929), Alexander I of Scotland (1078), John Nettles (1943), Catherine Eddowes (1842), Martin Frobisher (1535), and Andy Whitfield (1971). After her are Scott Adkins (1976), Leonard Woolley (1880), Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721), Matthew Festing (1949), Henry Thomas Buckle (1821), and Jethro Tull (1674).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Vera Lynn ranks 45Before her are Albert Hammond (1944), Marc Bolan (1947), Alan Lancaster (1949), Boy George (1961), David Byron (1947), and Victoria Beckham (1974). After her are Dusty Springfield (1939), Seal (1963), Jon Anderson (1944), Dave Evans (1953), Malcolm McLaren (1946), and Black (1962).

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