Thursday, September 17, 2009

And Keep Off Her Lawn!

92-Year-Old Tops Beatles on British Charts - CBS Evening News - CBS News: "'We'll Meet Again' seems like one of those songs forever frozen in a time and a place: Britain in World War II. It was sung by Vera Lynn, who came to be called the 'Forces Sweetheart.'

Now 92-years-old, Lynn has a good reason to raise a glass.

The re-released recording of her songs on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war has shot to No. 1 on the U.K. charts with a bullet. It's even eclipsed the re-release of the Beatles discography."

4 comments:

  1. I defy anyone to listen to Vera Lynn singing "We'll Meet Again" and not visual the end of "Dr. Strangelove."

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  2. Anonymous10:37 AM

    I wonder if young people grasp how poignant that song was, as Britain geared up for war and the young men left for places unknown--and fates unknown. Tens of thousands didn't meet their loved ones again.

    Richard Wheeler

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  3. Apparently the current wars have made the song meaningful for some of the youngsters.

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  4. Every time my grandmother heard that song she told me about a young man she knew from her hometown who went off to serve with the RCAF and never came home again and sang that song as the train taking him to camp left town. It was - and this is really the only way I can describe it - a reaction like one of Pavlov's dogs hearing the bell ring; she'd hear the song and tell the story.

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