Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th

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HER first song was re­leased decades be­fore many of to­day’s mu­sic stars were born. Now, at 100 years old, Dame Vera Lynn looks set to beat the younger gen­er­a­tions to be­come the best-sell­ing fe­male artist to have re­leased an al­bum in Britain this year. Her cen­te­nary al­bum, ti­tled ,

100 went to num­ber three in the charts af­ter its re­lease ear­lier this year, mak­ing Lynn old­est liv­ing artist to score a top 10 al­bum on the of­fi­cial al­bum charts in the UK.

It fea­tures re-or­ches­trated ver­sions of the Forces’ Sweet­heart’s best-known songs, cover ver­sions by well-known singers in­clud­ing Al­fie Boe and Aled Jones and a pre­vi­ously un­re­leased record­ing of Lynn singing , the 1972 Suther­land

Sail­ing Broth­ers song later made fa­mous by Rod Ste­wart.

“It’s truly hum­bling that peo­ple still en­joy these songs from so many years ago, re­liv­ing the emo­tions of that time,” she said.

“I was, af­ter all, just do­ing my job as a singer and it’s so won­der­ful for me to hear my songs again so beau­ti­fully pre­sented in a com­pletely new way.”

So far this year, the only fe­male artists to have out­sold Lynn in the al­bum charts are Lit­tle Mix and Adele but their al­bums were re­leased in 2016 and 2015 re­spec­tively. It is thought that made Lynn

100 the first singer to have re­leased a new al­bum as a cen­te­nar­ian. The singer’s birthday cel­e­bra­tions also in­cluded a char­ity con­cert show­cas­ing some of the best of Bri­tish tal­ent at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium.

Her face was also pro­jected on to the White Cliffs of Dover, a 100m-high im­age to mark the song that made her a na­tional sweet­heart dur­ing World War II. – Daily Mail

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