Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th
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
Dame Vera Lynn