“Forces’ Sweetheart”, Dame Vera Lynn, is set to break all records this year as she becomes the first singer in history to release a new album at the age of 100.
Releasing ‘Vera Lynn 100’ on 17th March with Decca Records, whom she originally recorded with nearly 80 years ago, the album comes only days before her actual 100th birthday on 20th March.
Featuring new re-orchestrated versions of her most treasured songs that kept up moral during the world wars, as well as recently unearthed and rare recordings.
“It’s truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago,” says Dame Vera “reliving the emotions of that time – I was after all just doing my job as a singer – and it’s so wonderful for me to hear ‘my songs’ again so beautifully presented in a completely new way.”
‘Vera Lynn 100’ will also feature an all-star line-up of British chart-topping singers like Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe, Aled Jones and the RAF Squadronaires, whom Dame Vera Lynn‘s late husband Harry Lewis was a founding member. The RAF Squadronaires feature on the moving song, ‘Yours’, which was No. 1 in 1941.
On the 18th March, A Dame Vera Lynn 100th birthday concert will be held at the London Palladium as well as a BBC2 airing the documentary ‘Happy 100th Birthday Dame Vera Lynn’.