->''There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow - just you wait and see.''
'''Dame Vera Lynn''', [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever DBE]], born 20 March 1917, was, quite simply, the original, iconic British GlamorousWartimeSinger. Known as "The Forces' Sweetheart", she hosted a radio programme, ''Sincerely Yours'', during WorldWarII, and songs like "There'll Always Be An England", "We'll Meet Again", and "The White Cliffs of Dover" still evoke TheHomeFront all over the world. Her hopeful, yearning ballads perfectly captured the spirit of the boys overseas, and she became a symbol of what those lonely men in the trenches were fighting for.
She announced her retirement just months after the end of the war, but eventually returned to music and topped the charts multiple times during subsequent decades. She remains one of the last wartime icons still living, reaching her centenary on March 20, 2017.
She is also familiar to many rock fans from Music/PinkFloyd's classic RockOpera, ''Music/TheWall'', with the song "Vera" "Anybody here remember Vera Lynn?..."[[note]]and the line "what has become of you?" well, it turns out Vera was still a recording artist at that time (she retired five years after ''Music/TheWall'' was released) and in 2009, four years after Pink Floyd's very last gasp at Live 8, a compilation album made her the oldest living artist ever to chart at #1: she outlasted Pink Floyd.[[/note]]