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Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?

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fat B****rd 19 Sep 09 - 05:22 AM
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Subject: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 05:22 AM

Hello, UK Baby Boomers and any interested parties.
As part of my Journalism course I neeed to produce an article about the current UK music scene.
I repeat the heading; Who is buying the Vera Lynn Cd (No 1 in the UK album charts)?
Any useful and interesting commenst will be most appreciated
Thank you
We'll meet again
FB


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: GUEST,Lindsay in Wales
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 10:43 AM

I haven't bought it, FB, but it says something about the state of current "music" in the UK (and I use the term loosely) that a 90-year-old singer who began her career more than 70 years ago, could top the album charts!

I was discussing with friends only yesterday the fact that in 40 years' time one is unlikely to still be hearing anything from the 80s, 90s as "oldies" on the radio, although I fully expect that 60s and 70s music will be as popular as ever!


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 11:16 AM

Very often, the potential record buying public have to be told that a certain product is available. For example, many years ago ( the 1970s), someone had the bright idea to release a "Best of Slim Whitman" album and advertise it on tv. The album went to number one! Now, Slim Whitman had been a star in the 1950s, AND, compilations of his hits had always been available (like Very Lynn), but the public had to be told that they were available. Lots of older record buyers don't know what's available AND keep out of record shops in case their ears are perminantly damaged, so they are unaware of what is available. A bet lots of middle-aged people are buying this recording for their parents.


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Gurney
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 04:46 PM

I suspect that it's something to do with the generation gap. Remembering back to when I was young, I'd never listen to anything my parents listened to, or even my grandparent's music, but my great-grandparents stuff was a bit listenable, even if for a joke.

Ms. Lynn (somehow I can't call her Vera!) had a very good voice, and her songs are pretty much part of England's history.

It's different for folkies, who have a sense of history.


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 04:54 PM

From here in the USA, I have good memories of Ms Lynn singing "Try A Little Tenderness at the beginning of the Peter Sellers film Doctor Strangelove as the two huge airplanes danced in the sky. It was a refueling tanker plane trying to get it's long protuberance into the port (hole) of the nuclear bomber to fill 'er up in midair.

I, for one, won't ever forget that! Vera Lynn Rules...

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 04:56 PM

In a manner of speaking, that was my first porno flick.

Art


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: maeve
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 06:53 PM

We'll get it when we can. We were happy to see the album rating; delighted to see a brief interview on the TV news. She is as sharp and engaging a person as ever; quite a classy woman.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 07:28 PM

I remember her from WW2, when I was in the Army. Once heard, always loved.


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 07:36 PM

I've got a notion that the two periods of music which have most power to affect our emotions are the music which was around at the time we were born, and the music that was around when we were post-adolescent, around 20.


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: M.Ted
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 08:49 PM

I didn't know about this album, but I've been a Vera Lynn fan for years, so I'll get it--and Art, did you forget that she sang "We'll Meet Again" at the end Dr. Strangelove, as well!


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 09:02 PM

I can still sing parts of "It's a lovely day tomorrow," "White Cliffs of Dover," A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square," "We'll meet again," and others.

She was just as well known in U. S. and Canada during the war as she was in the UK.

I already have one collection, so may not buy another.


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 04:32 AM

Thank you all for your comments.
There's only one likely music shop in Dunfermline (well, maybe two) so I'll add to this my asking them.
FB


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:22 PM

It is on my Christmas list from my sister in the UK


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 10:00 PM

White Cliffs Of Dover by her was my father's favorite song--or so I've been told. He died when I was 5 and his presence always has been a misty memory---except when I recall the depth of sadness I remember as if it was yesterday. When I was older, I put the song onto the 5-string banjo. Singing it made me feel a connection of sorts to him.I never sang it for anyone; just for myself.

He was a metallurgist in Chicago. Right after World War 2 he was put on an inquiry panel called the Overseas Scrap Advisory Board that went to Europe to discern what scrap metal was worth bringing back to the U.S.--or what should be left where it was, dumped at sea, sold to others, given to others---whatever. While there, he photographed mines still being exploded where they had been burried on Omaha Beach. Returning home, he wrote a book called A Metallurgist Views Europe---from the beaches to Berlin. Before it was printed, he passed away. My only copy of it disappeared long ago.

Art


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Subject: RE: Who is buying the Vera Lynn CD?
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 02:55 AM

Getting back to the original question, I often wonder who buys all those cds of rap music. I don't know anybody who even likes rap music. I guess it's all about age groups and what appeals. In this day and age with so much disatisfaction with the way modern society is going, Vera's music - for millions of people - represents a reminded of a time when life was harder but so much better in many ways.


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