Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

Album: We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn (1951)
Charted: 10 1

Songfacts®:

  • This song was originally written in Germany in 1949 as "Auf wiedersehen, auf wiedersehen." Whilst on holiday in Switzerland, the popular British war time singer Vera Lynn came across the tune being sung in the beer parlours. She decided to record an English version and the resulting record captured the hearts of those who remembered the war years selling 12 million copies worldwide. In American it topped the singles charts, the first record by a foreign artist to do so.
  • Dame Vera recorded the song with the Soldiers & Airmen of HM Forces and the Johnny Johnston Singers. The Johnny Johnston Singers were an offshoot of The Johnston Brothers who had an UK #1 with "Hernando's Hideaway" in 1955.
  • This song appeared in the very first UK singles chart, dated 14th November 1952.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: www.legacy.com {06-19-2020}...
    Vera Lynn died at her home in Sussex, England on June 18th, 2020 at the age of 103...
    Born Vera Margaret Welch in London March 20, 1917, she took her grandmother’s last name, Lynn, when she began her performing career. That career was at its height during World War II, when her sweetly sentimental songs touched the hearts of servicemen and folks on the home front alike...
    Lynn’s song “We’ll Meet Again” was released in 1939 and came to represent the bond between soldiers and their families for many in England and beyond. “White Cliffs of Dover” was another wartime hit, as was “There’ll Always Be an England.” The popularity of these hits led English service members to vote Lynn as their favorite musician in a 1939 poll, leading to her nickname the Forces’ Sweetheart...
    May she R.I.P.
    Note: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" peaked at #1 {for 9 weeks} on Billboard's Best-Sellers In Stores chart in July of 1952...
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