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Vera Lynn And More Of The Oldest Music Makers


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At 97, Vera Lynn is set to become the oldest artist to release an album, when her new work ‘Vera Lynn: National Treasure - the Ultimate Collection’, is released. While Vera might be the oldest artist still making albums she’s not the only one to prove that advancing years is no reason to stop making music. Take these five for example.

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Dame Vera Lynn Will Release New Album To Celebrate 90 Years In The Music Business


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Dame Vera Lynn has one of the most long-lasting music careers of all-time.

The 97 year-old singer started performing onstage when George V was still on the thrown, at aged 7.

But even though Lynn is only three years away from reaching the century mark, she doesn't want to call it quits just yet.

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Official UK Singles Charts Celebrates 60 Years: Who Was No.1 In 1952?


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Happy 60th birthday, the UK Singles Chart! Yes, today (November 14, 2012) marks six decades since music publication the NME published the first ever chart of the biggest selling tracks in the country. In 2012 the relevancy of such a chart is becoming increasingly moot, with the advent of iTunes and subsequent integration of digital track sales with physical meaning that any track off an album can feasibly rise to the top of the pile, whilst music piracy and streaming has severely impacted the standalone commercial quality of just one single. Many singles are now used mere promotional tools for the subsequent album, or given a video to boost an act’s profile. Yet with Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ currently the biggest selling single in the UK this year, with over 1.14 million downloads alone, it’s clear that the chart isn’t done as a force just yet.

As the Official Charts site itself writes, one of the founders of the New Musical Express, Percy Dickins, constructed the first chart by phoning 20 record shops up and down the country and tallying up their best-selling singles, the first ever chart seeing American crooner Al Martino going to the head of the pile with his hit ‘Here In My Heart’. The debut single for Martino, it was also to prove as good as it got for him on UK shores, and after 1955’s ‘The Man From Laramie’ he had to wait another five years for another top 50 hit there.

The Official UK Single Chart, Noveber 14, 1952

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Vera Lynn - Dame Vera Lynn London, England - Poppy Appeal 2009 - Press Launch held at Horse Guards Parade Thursday 22nd October 2009

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Vera Lynn - Dame Vera Lynn and Hayley Westenra London, England - Poppy Appeal 2009 - Press Launch held at Horse Guards Parade Thursday 22nd October 2009

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Picture - Hayley Westenra and Dame Vera... London, England, Thursday 22nd October 2009

Hayley Westenra and Dame Vera Lynn - Hayley Westenra and Dame Vera Lynn London, England - Poppy Appeal 2009 - Press Launch held at Horse Guards Parade Thursday 22nd October 2009

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Joan Armatrading and Dame Vera Lynn - Joan Armatrading and Dame Vera Lynn London, England - 'Women of the Year' Lunch at Intercontinental Hotel Monday 12th October 2009

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