Dame Vera Lynn vs Dame Gracie Fields

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Dame Vera Lynn vs Dame Gracie Fields

Postby GoogaMooga » 28 Sep 2021, 21:52

We ought to step back in time, to the 1940s. Who better exemplified British culture than Dame Vera Lynn and Dame Gracie Fields? The songs I associate the most with them are "We'll Meet Again" for Vera Lynn, and "Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye" for Gracie Fields. They both entertained the troops and boosted morale in World War II and their signature songs are similar in theme, dealing with partings and farewells.

I think Vera Lynn has stood the test of time better, more quoted and referenced, more recordings, and the big splash on her centenary:

And Gracie Fields:

"When the desert comes, people will be sad; just as Cannery Row was sad when all the pilchards were caught and canned and eaten." - John Steinbeck

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Re: Dame Vera Lynn vs Dame Gracie Fields

Postby slightbreeze » 28 Sep 2021, 22:33

Gracie, of course. Woman of the people! Vera was just Churchill's propoganda puppet!

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Re: Dame Vera Lynn vs Dame Gracie Fields

Postby Mike Boom » 28 Sep 2021, 23:58

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