The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (95): Smoky side of Vera

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (95): Smoky side of Vera


norman lebrecht

June 18, 2020

She was such a public singer that the intimate, nightclub side of Vera Lynn tends to get overlooked.



  • Westfan says:

    I did not know she died today, thanks for posting this lovely tune. I like the flute/nightingale opening and closing. She lived a good long life!

  • E says:

    An inspiring lady, in life and in song.
    Thank you for celebrating her here.
    It is true: “I read it first on Slipped Disk.”

  • Jason Lewis says:

    It must have been a helluva big nightclub to accommodate a full size studio orchestra! I’m not sure what’s ‘smokey’ about her style here either……Anyway, it is a great song beautifully sung.

  • Krish says:

    A very distinctively different rendering of a popular song. A very bold voice, well under control. Lovely! Hearing her for the first time.
    Am going to look for more on YT.

  • Raouf Zaidan says:

    Wow, all these years later, we remember and are reminded of the wonders of this singer and her songs. Indeed what a blessing is music in life. Thank you Vera.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    What a great song, and Dame Vera simply nails it!
    I’ll always love her.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    Let’s also give credit to the arranger of this much recorded song. and perhaps also the conductor. Someone who was listening to Tony Bennett I’d wager.

    • Michael Paré says:

      Hardly likely, as Vera Lynn made this recording in 1940 when Tony Bennett was a mere lad of 14. As far as I can tell he didn’t get around to recording the song until a half century later in 1992 and to my ears it sounds nothing like Vera Lynn’s. I suspect the bandleader and possibly the arranger for Vera Lynn was Bert Ambrose, whose band she sang with from 1937 to 1941.