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:
Do talk back
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