1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Vera Lynn (born March 20, 1919)
Famous hit single during the 50s: Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart 1952
Vera Lynn also had hits with Yours in 1952 and We’ll Meet Again in 1954.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1948-1957 Record Label: London
British singer, Dame Vera Lynn, whose career flourished during World War II, was born Vera Margaret Welch in London. Nicknamed ‘The Forces Sweetheart’ by British troops stationed abroad she sent them messages during her incredibly popular BBC radio series ‘Sincerely Yours.’ In 1939, she first recorded We’ll Meet Again —the hopeful lyrics and her unaffected style appealed to people separated during the war. That song, as well as her record The White Cliffs of Dover are typical of the wartime morale effort. After the war, she heard a song in a German pub, found the music, had lyrics written, and recorded Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart, the first song by a British artist to top the charts in the United States. Several of her recordings made the US charts in the fifties including My Son, My Son, a #1 hit in England in 1954 and Don’t Cry My Love in 1957. In 1976, she was appointed a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire).