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- Posted on Sep 14th 2009 7:06AM by Stephen Dowling
In fact, the number one in the week of the Beatles' much-hyped re-release was instead taken by a recording artist whose fame peaked around the same time as the Fab Four were being born. Dame Vera Lynn, a singer widely regarded as the Forces' Sweetheart during the dark days of World War II, took the album number one instead with her album 'We'll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn'.
The 92-year-old has become the oldest living artist to top the U.K. album charts as a result.
Jamie T, DJ David Guetta and the Arctic Monkeys all followed Dame Vera to take the four slots. The best the Beatles could do was fifth place, with the remastered version of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' proving the most popular of the reissues.
'Abbey Road' was at sixth place, with 'Revolver' at number nine and 'Rubber Soul' at number 10.
The relatively modest chart placings for the Beatles might not be sign the Fab Four's influence is waning, however -- while the other albums were all on sale for the full week, the Beatles' re-masters only came out on Wednesday, missing out on a full four days of sales. Next week's chart may be a different story.