A while ago I posted two videos of Vera Lynn and Johnny Cash singing We’ll Meet Again. Vera Lynn is still alive at 99 and I have posted below two videos, one a performance in 1990 and one when she was 93.
Dame Vera Margaret Lynn, CH, DBE (née Welch; born 20 March 1917, widely known as “The Forces’ Sweetheart”, is an English singer, songwriter, and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War.
During the war, she toured Egypt, India, and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops. The songs most associated with her are “We’ll Meet Again”, “The White Cliffs of Dover”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, and “There’ll Always Be an England”. She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the United States and recording such hits as “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” and her UK Number one single “My Son, My Son”.
In 2009, she became the oldest living artist to make it to No. 1 on the British album chart, at age 92.
She has devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children, and breast cancer. She is still held in great affection by veterans of the Second World War and was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century in 2000.
Below is a video of a long but very moving performance of Vera Lynn when she was in her 80s. The White Cliffs of Dover was one of the favorites. The audience, I am sure many old veterans knew all the words!