There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow - just you wait and see.Dame Vera Lynn
, born in 1917, was, quite simply, the original, iconic British Glamorous Wartime Singer
. Known as "The Forces' Sweetheart", she hosted a radio programme, Sincerely Yours
, during World War II
, and songs like "There'll Always Be An England", "We'll Meet Again", and "The White Cliffs of Dover" still evoke The Home Front
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.
She is also familiar to many rock fans from Pink Floyd
's classic Rock Opera
, The Wall
, with the song "Vera" "Anybody here remember Vera Lynn?..."note
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