92-Year-Old Tops Beatles on British Charts

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"We'll Meet Again" seems like one of those songs forever frozen in a time and a place: Britain in World War II. It was sung by Vera Lynn, who came to be called the "Forces Sweetheart."

Now 92-years-old, Lynn has a good reason to raise a glass.

The re-released recording of her songs on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war has shot to No. 1 on the U.K. charts with a bullet. It's even eclipsed the re-release of the Beatles discography.

"Personally I just can't believe it and I question. I wonder why. Nostalgia perhaps," said Lynn.

Nostalgia may explain why Lynn fan Marion Grey has joined the grey stampede to the record stores. "Well, I like her singing and my age, of course," Grey explained.

But it takes more than people of a certain age to push an album to the top.

What's going on here is Britain is at war again - now in Afghanistan. More soldiers are going away to fight -- more sacrifice. There's more need for the expression of that feeling that Vera Lynn still apparently provides.

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