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The "Forces' Sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn announces her forthcoming album, Vera Lynn 100, to be released on March 17 (physically on March 31) in celebration of her 100th birthday just days later on March 20. Vera Lynn 100 will be released on Decca Records, the label the singer originally recorded with nearly 80 years ago, at the age of 22. 

The newly recorded album features Vera Lynn's distinctive original vocals set to completely new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs. This technical wizardry has, for the first time, allowed full orchestral accompaniments to transform not only her most memorable hits that sustained Britons through the wartime years, but some recently unearthed, rare recordings – all presented in sumptuous, up-to-the-minute sound.

Dame Vera Lynn CH commented: "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."

Vera is joined by an all-star line-up of chart-topping British singers to perform newly composed duet parts alongside the star, including Alfie Boe on the poignant "We'll Meet Again" (the first ever UK No.1 record, in 1940), Alexander Armstrong on "White Cliffs of Dover" (No.1 in 1942), and Aled Jones on the immortal song "As Time Goes By." Also featured on the record is "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart," the track that made Vera Lynn the first British performer to top the US Official Charts in 1952. To close the album, the revered RAF Squadronaires feature on the moving "Yours" (No.1 in 1941) – the perfect tribute to Dame Vera Lynn's late husband, Harry Lewis, who was a founding member. 

Dame Vera famously boosted the nation's morale during the darkest days of World War II, and has been honored countless times for her services to entertainment and charity. Her latest accolade came in the Queen's 2016 birthday honorswhen she was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour – the first person from the field of popular entertainment to receive this recognition. Over the decades, the singer's popularity has never waned and she remains one of the most beloved British female vocalists. 

1 We'll Meet Again  
2 Sailing  
3 (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover  
4 Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye  
5 As Time Goes By  
6 Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart  
7 The Loveliest Night Of The Year  
8 When You Wish Upon A Star  
9 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square  
10 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles  
11 Close To You  
12 Yours  

The "Forces' Sweetheart" Dame Vera Lynn announces her forthcoming album, Vera Lynn 100, to be released on March 17 (physically on March 31) in celebration of her 100th birthday just days later on March 20. Vera Lynn 100 will be released on Decca Records, the label the singer originally recorded with nearly 80 years ago, at the age of 22. 

The newly recorded album features Vera Lynn's distinctive original vocals set to completely new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs. This technical wizardry has, for the first time, allowed full orchestral accompaniments to transform not only her most memorable hits that sustained Britons through the wartime years, but some recently unearthed, rare recordings – all presented in sumptuous, up-to-the-minute sound. Dame Vera Lynn CH commented: "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."

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