By: Renee Grant
British World War II era singer Dame Vera Lynn will mark her 100th birthday this year with the release of a new album, her record label has announced. The feat will mark the first time in history any singer has released new music at that age.
The album, titled Vera Lynn 100, will feature the singer’s original vocals set to new re-orchestrated music. Some of her most recognizable tunes will be featured on the album including The White Cliffs of Dover and Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart.
The album is set for release on March 17th, three days before Lynn’s milestone birthday.
Lynn tells The Guardian, “It’s truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, 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.”
Lynn is well-known for her work during World War II, traveling to entertain soldiers in places such as Egypt and Myanmar. She became the first British artist to top US charts in 1952, and was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975.
A charity concert to benefit Lynn’s children’s charity and to celebrate her hundredth birthday will be held at London’s Palladium on March 18th.