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1[[quoteright:300:]] ²[[caption-width-right:300:''♫ We'll meet again''\²''Don't know where''\²''Don't know when''\²''But I know we'll meet again some sunny day ♫'']]²²->''"There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow - just you wait and see."''²²Dame Vera Margaret Lynn [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CH DBE OStJ]] (née Welch; 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020) was, quite simply, the original, iconic British GlamorousWartimeSinger. ²²Known as "The Forces' Sweetheart", she hosted a radio programme, ''Sincerely Yours'', during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and songs like "There'll Always Be An England" and "The White Cliffs of Dover" still evoke UsefulNotes/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 on the fronts were fighting for. She did extensive tours to entertain and comfort soldiers on several of said fronts, no matter how remote they were from Britain (she went as far as [[UsefulNotes/ThatSouthEastAsianCountry Burma]]).²²She starred in three musical films, ''One Exciting Night'', ''Rhythm Serenade'' and ''We'll Meet Again'' -- the latter being named after what's probably her best known song ([[Film/DrStrangelove which was somehow used to score a nuclear apocalypse]]). 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. When she passed away at age 103 on June 18, 2020, she was one of the last [[LivingLegend living wartime legends]].²²She is familiar to many rock fans from Music/PinkFloyd's classic RockOpera, ''Music/TheWall'', with the song "Vera" "Anybody here remember Vera Lynn?..." and the line "What has become of you?". [[TemptingFate Well, it turned out Vera was still a recording artist at that time]] (she retired five years after ''The Wall'' was released) and in 2009, four years after Pink Floyd's very last gasp at Live 8, a compilation album made her [[Awesome/{{Music}} the oldest living artist ever to chart at #1]]. In short, ''she outlasted Pink Floyd''. ²----


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