Lady Vera Lynn dies aged 103 | Music

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Dame Vera Lynn, whose song we will see again became a hymn of hope and resistance during the Second World War, died at the age of 103.Her family said they were “deeply saddened to announce the death of one of Britain’s best-loved artists, and that they had been with her when she died in her East Sussex at home.

Labor politician Angela Rayner was among the first to pay tribute, calling her “a beautiful person who will be missed by all who knew her.”

Born in East Ham, on the outskirts of London in 1917, Lynn survived a near-fatal case of diphtheria as a two-year-old, and started performing at the age of seven. From the age of 18, she started performing with orchestras in the UK, and released her first solo recording, Bedfordshire Hillwood, in 1936, while working in the shipping company’s East End .

It became more widely known during the Second World War, and performed for people housed in London Underground stations. It became popular with the soldiers and earned the nickname “Darling Forces”, and a tour for the troops in Egypt, India and Myanmar, and then in Burma during the war. “The song in the jungle was very hot and very sticky, which was a bit hard to pass, she said to the Guardian in 2017.“ I had a little piano, which they painfully around the back from a truck, hoping he survives the journeys ”.

His wartime popularity was reinforced by the signing of the song, We Will Meet Again, released in 1939. His nostalgic melody and resolutely optimistic lyrics – “I know we will meet again on some sunny day” was powerfully instructive for the departure of the soldiers, and it endured as the definition of the British campaign song. It re-entered the UK charts this year at No. 55 in the middle of 75th anniversary of Victory Day.

We will meet again was released too early to benefit from success in the charts originally, but Lynn did it up in the UK charts for two weeks, in 1954, with My Son, My Son, my sincere ballad from mother to son. She is also the oldest person to have reached the top of the UK charts, which she achieved with a best-of compilation in 2009. A compilation marking her 100th birthday reached Step 3 in 2017.

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