b. Patricia Sibley, 10 November 1923, Dulwich, London, England, d. 31 July 1994, East Sussex, England. One of the most important and admired of UK popular singers, Anne Shelton came to prominence as the ‘Forces sweetheart’ during World War II and remained a fondly regarded figure thereafter. She made her first BBC radio broadcast on 30 May 1940 in Monday Night At Eight, in which she sang ‘Let The Curtain Come Down’. Her performance was heard by top UK band leader Bert Ambrose, who signed her to sing with his band, and with whom she appeared on radio in School Uniform. Her own radio show, Introducing Anne, aimed mainly at British troops in the North African Desert, ran for four years, and she co-hosted Calling Malta with comedy actor Ronald Shiner; the programme was the only link with British troops on the island during the air bombardment and siege during the early months of 1942. In that same year, Shelton started her recording career, and in 1944 had an enormous hit with her signature tune, ‘Lili Marlene’, a German song that was equally popular with the armed forces of ‘both sides’, and to which UK songwriter Tommie Connor added an English lyric. Also in 1944, she was one of the UK ‘guest’ vocalists who sang in concerts and on broadcasts with the American Band of the Supreme Allied Command and the American Band of the Allied Expeditionary Force, directed by Glenn Miller. Shelton also worked on radio with Bing Crosby.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.