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Dame Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 03 Sep 1989

Forces sweetheart singer

As part of Radio 4's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs will be Dame Vera Lynn.

She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her own wartime experiences - as the now-legendary 'forces sweetheart' she performed in front of servicemen as far away as Burma, and as close to home as London's Regent's Park, and since then she has been constantly in demand all over the world for her singing and her songs, reviving as they do wartime memories both happy and sad.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Bing Crosby

5.

Bing Crosby

Where The Blue Of The Night

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Samuel Barber

6.

Samuel Barber

Adagio For Strings

Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor: Eugene Ormandy

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Ennio Morricone

7.

Ennio Morricone

Chai Mai (from Maddalena & The Life and Times of David Lloyd-George)

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Vera Lynn

8.

Vera Lynn

Heart Of Gold

Artist: Charlie Kunz & Casani Club Orchestra

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Book

A book of edible fruits and vegetables by

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Luxury item

Watercolour paints, brushes and paper

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Tue 18 Dec 1951

Forces singer

Roy Plomley's castaway is singer Dame Vera Lynn.

Choices

Yma Sumac & Les Baxter

1.

Yma Sumac & Les Baxter

Yma Sumac & Les Baxter - Virgin of the Sun God

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Claude Debussy

2.

Claude Debussy

Clair de lune (from Suite bergamasque)

Orchestra: André Kostelanetz Orchestra

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Tchaikovsky

4.

Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker Suite - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Nikolai Malko

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Luxury item

Curling tongs

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