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Anne Shelton

Anne Shelton, the singer with the wholesome girl-next-door appeal, came to be known as the “Forces’ Favourite” on wartime radio.

She provided an instant hit with her weekly radio programme for the BBC, during World War II.

She was also supposed to accompany Glenn Miller on the ill-fated 1944 flight when the bandleader’s plane vanished en route to France. She missed the trip because she had other plans.

Shelton’s post-war hits included Lay Down Your ArmsArrivederci DarlingSeven Days and Sailor.

Shelton died in London in 1994 of a heart attack. She was 66.