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Charles Aznavour
Officer of the Order of Canada

Charles Aznavour in Yerevan
Background information
Birth name Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian
Born May 22, 1924 (1924-05-22) (age 85)
Origin Paris, France France
Genres Pop
Chanson
Jazz
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor, public activist, diplomat
Years active 1936–present
Labels EMI
MusArm Records
Associated acts Claude Lombard
Katia Aznavour
Website www.c-aznavour.com

Charles Aznavour, OC (Armenian: Շառլ Ազնաւուր; born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian (Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնաւուրեան)[1], May 22, 1924, Paris) is a French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat of Armenian descent. Besides being one of France's most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the most well-known singers in the world. He is known for his characteristic short figure and unique tenor[2] voice; clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than 60 movies, composed about 1,000 songs (including at least 150 in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German[3]), and sold well over 100 million records.[4]

In 1998, Charles Aznavour was chosen as Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. He was recognized as the century's outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. He has sung for presidents, popes, and royalty, as well as at humanitarian events, and is the founder of the charitable organization Aznavour for Armenia along with his long-time friend and impresario Levon Sayan.

Aznavour started his global farewell tour in late 2006, which continues through this day. In 2009 he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia's permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva[5].

Contents

Biography

Little Charles with his Mother Knar (1920s)

Background

Aznavour was born in Paris, the son of Armenian immigrants Michael Aznavourian (from Akhaltsikhe in Georgia) and Knar Bagdasarian (from Turkey)[6]. His artistic parents introduced him to the world of theatre at an early age. He dropped out of school at the age of nine, already aspiring to the life of an artist. He began to perform at this time, and soon took the stage name "Aznavour". His big break came when the singer Édith Piaf heard him sing and arranged to take him with her on tour in France and to the United States.

Aznavour's voice is shaded towards the tenor range, but possesses the low range and coloration more typical of a baritone, contributing to his unique sound.

Music

Often described as the "Frank Sinatra of France", Aznavour sings mostly about love. He has written musicals and about a thousand songs, and made more than one hundred records. Aznavour speaks and sings in many languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Armenian, Portuguese, Neapolitan), which has helped him perform at Carnegie Hall and other major venues around the world. He also recorded at least one song from the 18th century poet Sayat Nova, in Armenian. Que C'est Triste Venise, sung in French, Italian (Com'è Triste Venezia), Spanish (Venecia Sin Ti), English (How Sad Venice Can Be), and German (Venedig in Grau), is one of Aznavour's most famous multilingual songs.

In 1974 Aznavour became a major success in the United Kingdom where his song "She" went to Number One in the charts. His other well-known song in the UK was "Dance in the Old Fashioned Way".

Aznavour and Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø performing in Vienna

Artists who have covered his songs and collaborated with Aznavour include Fred Astaire, Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Liza Minnelli, Josh Groban, Shirley Bassey, José Carreras, Laura Pausini, Nana Mouskouri and Julio Iglesias. Fellow French pop legend Mireille Mathieu has sung and recorded with Aznavour on numerous occasions. In 1974, Jack Jones recorded an entire album of Aznavour compositions entitled "Write Me A Love Song, Charlie", re-released on CD in 2006 [7]. Aznavour and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang Gounod's aria Ave Maria together. He performed with famed Russian cellist and friend Mstislav Rostropovich to inaugurate the French presidency of the European Union in 1995. Elvis Costello recorded "She" for the film Notting Hill. One of Aznavour's greatest friends and collaborators from the music industry is legendary Spanish operatic tenor Plácido Domingo, who often performs his hits, most notably a studio recording of "Les bateaux sont partis" in 1985, as well as multiple live renditions Aznavour's "Ave Maria". In 1994, Aznavour performed with Domingo and Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø at Domingo's third annual Christmas in Vienna concert. The three singers performed a variety of carols, medleys, and duets, and the concert was televised throughout the world, as well as released on a CD internationally.[8]

At the start of autumn in 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews. Aznavour started 2007 with concerts all over Japan and Asia. The second half of 2007 saw Aznavour return to Paris for over 20 shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, followed by more touring in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the rest of France. He has repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, will likely last beyond 2010. At 85, Aznavour is in excellent health, although admittedly 60 years on stage have made him "a little hard of hearing".[9] He still sings in multiple languages and without persistent use of teleprompters, but typically sticks to just two or three (French and English being the primary two, with Spanish or Italian being the third) during most concerts.[10] On 30 September 2006, Aznavour performed a major concert in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia to start off the cultural season "Arménie mon amie" in France. Former Armenian president Robert Kocharyan and French president Jacques Chirac, at the time on an official visit to Armenia, were in front-row attendance.[11]

Charles Aznavour in concert (1988).

In 2006, 82-year old Aznavour traveled to Cuba, where he, together with Chucho Valdes, recorded his new album Colore Ma Vie, presented at Aznavour's Moscow concert in April 2007. Later, in July 2007, Aznavour was invited to perform at the Vieilles Charrues Festival.

"Forever Cool" (2007), an album from Capitol/EMI, features Aznavour singing a new duet of "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" with the voice of the late Dean Martin.

Aznavour finished a tour of Portugal in February 2008. On 18 January 2008 he participated as guest vocalist with the contestants of the French reality show Star Academy and sang his famous Emmenez-Moi with contestant Jérémy Chapron. Throughout the spring of 2008, Aznavour toured South America, holding a multitude of concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Summer saw him in Quebec, and a return to Latin America followed in autumn.

Charles Aznavour's newest album, the highly-anticipated international release of Duos, is a collaborative effort featuring Aznavour and his greatest friends and partners from his long career in the music industry, including Celine Dion, Laura Pausini, Josh Groban, Plácido Domingo, and many others.[12] It was released on various dates in December 2008 across the world.[13] His next album, Charles Aznavour and The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (previously known as Jazznavour 2), is a continuation in the same vein as his hit album Jazznavour released in 1998, involving new arrangements on his classic songs with a jazz orchestra and other guest jazz artists. It will be released on November 30, 2009.[14]

Aznavour's current tour, Aznavour en liberté [15], which started in late April 2009 with a wave of concerts across the United States and Canada, will again take him across Latin America in the autumn, as well as the USA once again.

Charles Aznavour, Armen Martirosyan and Djivan Gasparyan in Yerevan

Film

Aznavour has had a long and varied parallel career as an actor, appearing in over 60 films. In 1960 Aznavour starred in François Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste, playing a character called Édouard Saroyan. He also put in a critically acclaimed performance in the 1974 movie And Then There Were None. Aznavour had an important supporting role in 1978's The Tin Drum, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Aznavour starred in the 2002 movie Ararat playing Edward Saroyan, a movie director.

Armenia and abroad

Charles Aznavour Statue in Gyumri, Armenia.

Since the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, Aznavour has been helping the country through his charity, Aznavour for Armenia. Together with his brother in-law and co-author Georges Garvarentz he writes the song "Pour toi Arménie", which was performed by a group of famous French artists and topped the charts for 18 weeks. There is a square named after him in central Yerevan on Abovian Street, and a statue erected in Gyumri, which saw the most lives lost in the earthquake. In 1995 Charles Aznavour was appointed an Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO. Aznavour is a member of the Armenia Fund International Board of Trustees. The organization has rendered more than $150 million in humanitarian aid and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia since 1992. Charles Aznavour was appointed as "Officier" (Officer) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997.

In 2004 Aznavour received the title of "National Hero" of Armenia for his humanitarian work, Armenia's highest award. On December 26, 2008, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan signed a presidential decree for granting citizenship for the Republic of Armenia to Charles Aznavour whom he called a "prominent singer and public figure" and "a hero of the Armenian people".[16]

An admirer of Québec, where he played in Montréal cabarets before becoming famous, he has helped the career of Québécoise singer-songwriter Lynda Lemay in France, and has a house in Montreal. On 5 July 2008, he was invested as an honorary officer of the Order of Canada and performed the following day on the Plains of Abraham as a feature of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City.[17]

Also in Egypt , The Ministry of Culture , did a concert respect for his name and it was performed by the International Egyptian Singer Tony Kaldas in Chateau de Ghouri in December 2006 singing a big Aznavour's repertoire.

Aznavour and famed Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, with the collaboration of over 40 of France's most celebrated singers and musicians, recorded a music video band aid in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2010 Haitian Earthquake, titled "1 geste pour Haïti chérie".[18]

Personal life and cultural impact

Charles Aznavour, a photo by Xavier Thomas.

Aznavour married his third wife, Swede Ulla Thorsell, in 1968. He has 6 children - Seda, Katia, Misha, Nicolas, Charles, and Patrick. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.[19]

His musicality and fame abroad is present in many other areas of pop culture. Aznavour's name was used as the basis for the name of the character Char Aznable by Yoshiyuki Tomino in his anime mecha series, Mobile Suit Gundam. His song "Parce Que Tu Crois" was sampled by Hip Hop producer Dr. Dre for the song "What's the Difference", from his album "2001". He is mentioned in The Psychedelic Furs song "Sister Europe" ("The radio upon the floor/ is stupid, it plays Aznavour").

He has often joked about his physicality, the most infamous feature of which is his limited height; he stands only 160 centimetres (5.2 ft), and Aznavour has made this a source of self-deprecating humour over the years. He has had a nose surgery to reduce what he considers its "massive length" during his youth to appeal more to the public as a singer. Jokingly on a TV5 interview, he said that he used to twist his nose to one side when passing by a lady, saying "excuse me".[citation needed]

Politics

Aznavour at the Cannes Film Festival.

Charles Aznavour has been increasingly involved in French, Armenian, and international politics as his career has progressed. During the 2002 French presidential elections, when radical right-wing nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front made it into the runoff election, facing incumbent Jacques Chirac, Aznavour signed the "Vive la France" petition, and called on all French to "sing the Marseillaise" in protest.[20] Chirac, a personal friend of Aznavour's, ended up winning in a landslide, carrying over 82% of the vote.

He has written a song about the Armenian Genocide, titled Ils sont tombés (in English "They fell").

He has also campaigned fervently for international copyright law reform. In November 2005 he met with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso[21] on the issue of the review of term of protection for performers and producers in the EU, advocating an extension of the EU's term of protection from the current 50 years to the United States's law allowing 95 years, saying "[o]n term of protection, artists and record companies are of the same mind. Extension of term of protection would be good for European culture, positive for the European economy and would put an end the current discrimination with the U.S." He has also notably butted heads with French politician Christine Boutin over her defense of a "global license" flat-fee authorization for sharing of copyrighted files over the Internet, claiming that the license would eliminate creativity. In May 2009 the French Senate approved one of the strictest internet anti-piracy bills ever with a landslide 189-14 vote. Aznavour was a vocal proponent of the measure and considered it a rousing victory:

"If the youth can't make a living through creative work, they will do something else and the artistic world will be dealt a blow... There will be no more songs, no more books, nothing at all. So we had to fight," said Aznavour.[22]

Along with holding the mostly ceremonial title of French ambassador-at-large to Armenia, Aznavour agreed to hold the position of Ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland on February 12, 2009:

"First I hesitated, as it is not an easy task. Then I thought that what is important for Armenia is important for us. I have accepted the proposal with love, happiness and feeling of deep dignity," said Aznavour.[23]

Awards and recognition

Discography

English Discography

  • 1958 Believe in Me! (Ducretet-Thomson)
  • 1962 The Time is Now (Mercury)
  • 1965 Charles Aznavour – His Love Songs in English (Reprise)
  • 1969 Of Flesh and Soul (Monument)
  • 1970 A Man's Life (Monument)
  • 1972 I Have Lived (MGM)
  • 1974 A Tapestry of Dreams (Barclay)
  • 1975 I Sing for...You (Barclay)
  • 1978 Esquire (Mam)
  • 1978 A Private Christmas (Mam)
  • 1983 In Times to Be (Barclay)
  • 1995 You and Me (EMI)

French Discography

Spanish Discography

  • 1965 Canta en español (Barclay)
  • 1965 Canta en español, vol. 2 (Barclay)
  • 1967 Canta en español, vol. 3 (Barclay)
  • 1973 Que solo estoy (Barclay)
  • 1978 Al dormir junto a tí (Barclay)
  • 1980 Camarada (Barclay)
  • 1981 Dios (Barclay)
  • 1996 Cuando estás junto a mi (EMI)
  • 2008 Tú pintas mi vida (EMI)

Italian Discography

  • 1964 Aznavour italiano
  • 1964 Aznavour italiano, vol. 2
  • 1968 E fu subito Aznavour
  • 1971 No, non mi scordero mai
  • 1972 Quel che non si fa più
  • 1974 Il bosco e la riva
  • 1974 Lei
  • 1978 Compagno
  • 1982 La prima danza
  • 1983 Il mare da bere
  • 1991 Momenti si, momenti no

German Discography

  • 1965? Charles Aznavour in Deutschland (Barclay)
  • 1972? Du läßt dich geh’n (Amiga)
  • 1978? Vor dem Winter (Prisma Crystal)
  • 1980 Melodie des Lebens – Komm zurück (Mam)
  • 1995 Du und ich (EMI)

Concerts

  • 1965 The world of Charles Aznavour – All about love (Hollywood, 1965-11-19) (USA, Reprise)
  • 1968 Face au public (Olympia 1968-01-19) (Barclay)
  • 1968 Aznavour in Tokyo (Kosei-Nenkim Hall, Tokyo 1968-05-21) (Barclay)
  • 1971 Charles Aznavour live in Japan (Tokyo 1971) (Barclay/Japon)
  • 1973 Aznavour chez lui, à Paris (Olympia, November 72) (Barclay)
  • 1973 Ce soir là, Aznavour. Son passé au présent (Olympia 72-12-12) (Barclay)
  • 1976 Plein feu sur Aznavour (Olympia 76-02-21) (Barclay)
  • 1976 Live in Japan 76 (Yubin-Chokin Kaikan Hall & Nakano Sun-Plaza Hall, Tokyo 1976) (Barclay/Japon)
  • 1978 Guichets fermés (Recorded live at Paris Olympia, January 12, 13 & 14, 1978) (Barclay)
  • 1981 Charles Aznavour est à l'Olympia (Olympia 1980) (Barclay)
  • 1987 Récital Aznavour (Palais des congrès 1987) (Tréma)
  • 1995 Aznavour – Minnelli au Palais des Congrès de Paris (Recorded between November 20 & December 15, 1991) (EMI)
  • 1995 Palais des Congrès 1994 (EMI)
  • 1996 Charles Aznavour au Carnegie Hall (June 1995) (EMI)
  • 1999 Palais des congrès 97/98 (EMI)
  • 2001 Palais des congrès 2000 (EMI)
  • 2005 Bon anniversaire Charles – Palais des congrès 2004 (EMI)

Collaborations & Performances as Guest Star

  • 1976 Charles Aznavour presents Liesbeth List performing some of his finest songs (Philips)
  • 1982 Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David ? (BO) (SPI Milan)
  • 1983 Édith et Marcel (BO) (Pathé Marconi)
  • 1983 Les compagnons de la chanson - Olympia 1983 (Live) (Philips)
  • 1987 Chants traditionnels arméniens made in USA (Pathé Marconi)
  • 1990 Pierre et le loup (Direction Claudio Abbado) (D.G.)
  • 1992 La belle et la bête (BO) (Walt Disney Adès)
  • 1993 Frank Sinatra - Duets (Capitol Records)
  • 1994 Les Restos du coeur (WEA)
  • 1995 Christmas in Vienna III (Vienna Noël) (Live) (Sony)
  • 1995 Jean-Jacques Milteau - Merci d'être venus (Quelques notes/Odéon/EMI)
  • 1997 France Gall – Concert acoustique M6 (Live) (WEA)
  • 1999 Les Restos du cœur 99 (BMG)
  • 1999 Compay Segundo - Calle Salud (GASA)
  • 1999 Trio Esperanza - Nosso mundo (Philips)
  • 2000 Noël ensemble (Universal)
  • 2001 Feelings (hommage à Loulou Gasté) (Sony Music)
  • 2001 Charles Aznavour présente Swings de bohème (Live)
  • 2002 Patrick Bruel - Entre-deux (BMG)
  • 2003 L'hymne à la môme (hommage à Edith Piaf) (EMI)
  • 2004 Bon anniversaire Charles! (Live) (EMI)
  • 2005 Et puis la terre...
  • 2006 Jean-Yves D'Angelo- Piano voix (Sony BMG)
  • 2007 Bratsch - Plein du monde (Odeon Records)
  • 2007 Dean Martin - Forever cool (EMI)
  • 2008 Kery James - A l'ombre du show-business
  • 2008 Charles Aznavour et ses amis au Palais Garnier (Live, Opéra national de Paris, 17-02-2007) (EMI)

Complete Discography & Songs Catalog

CD Box Set

  • 1995 L'Authentique - Colonne Morris (30 CD Box Set) (EMI)
  • 1998 Aznavour live à l'Olympia (6 CD DeLuxe Box Set) (EMI)
  • 1998 L'Authentique (New presentation of the 30 CD Box Set) (EMI)
  • 2004 Intégrale Charles Aznavour – Arc de triomphe (44 CD Box Set, including the live shows) (EMI)

Filmography

Actor

  • La Guerre des gosses (1936) — Extra
  • Adieu chérie (1946) (as Aznavour) — Le duettiste
  • Entrez dans la danse (1948)
  • Une gosse sensass' (1957) — Le chanteur
  • Paris Music Hall (1957) — Charles
  • La Tête contre les murs (1959) — Heurtevent
  • Les Dragueurs (1959) — Joseph Bouvier
  • Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (1959) — Un danseur
  • Oh! Qué mambo (1959) (uncredited) — Un spectateur au cabaret
  • Le Testament d'Orphée (1960) (uncredited) — The Curious Man
  • Un taxi pour Tobrouk (1960) — Samuel Goldmann
  • Le Passage du Rhin (1960) — Roger
  • Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) — Charlie Kohler/Édouard Saroyan
  • Gosse de Paris (1961)
  • Les Lions sont lâchés (1961) — Charles, un convive de Marie-Laure
  • Esame di guida - tempo di Roma (1962) — Marcello
  • Horace 62 (1962) — Horace Fabiani
  • Le Diable et les dix commandements (1962) — Denis Mayeux (episode "Homicide point ne seras")
  • Les Quatre vérités (1962) — Charles
  • Les Vierges (1963) — Berthet
  • Cherchez l'Idole (1963) — Aznavour
  • Le Rat d'Amérique (1963) — Charles
  • Thomas l'imposteur (1964)
  • Alta infedeltà (1964) — Giulio (segment "Peccato nel Pomeriggio")
  • La Métamorphose des cloportes (1965) — Edmond
  • Le Facteur s'en va-t-en guerre (1966) — Thibon
  • Paris au mois d'août (1966) — Henri Plantin
  • Caroline chérie (1968) — Postillon
  • Candy (1968) — Hunchback juggler
  • Le Temps des loups (1969) — Inspector
  • The Adventurers (1970) — Marcel Campion
  • L'Amour (1970) — Le présentateur
  • The Games (1970) — Pavel Vendek
  • The Selfish Giant (1971) — Narrator (French version)
  • Un beau monstre (1971) — Inspector Leroy
  • Part des lions (1971) — Éric Chambon
  • Les Intrus (1972) — Charles Bernard
  • The Blockhouse (1973) — Visconti
  • Dix Petits Negres (1974) Dir Peter Colinson, Produit par Gerard Thum
  • Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974) — Michel Raven
  • Sky Riders (1976) — Insp. Nikolidis
  • Folies bourgeoises (1976) — Dr. Lartigue
  • Die Blechtrommel (1979) — Sigismund Markus
  • Ciao, les mecs (1979) — L'amnésique
  • Der Zauberberg (1982) — Naphta
  • Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David? (1982) — Léon, le père de David
  • Les Fantômes du chapelier (1982) — Kachoudas
  • Une jeunesse (1983) — Bellun
  • Viva la vie! (1984) — Édouard Takvorian
  • Yiddish Connection (1986) — Aaron Rapoport
  • Mangeclous (1988) — Jérémie
  • Il Maestro (1989) — Romualdi
  • Charles Aznavour Armenia 1989 (1989)
  • Les Années campagne (1992) — Le grand-père/Grandfather
  • Pondichéry, dernier comptoir des Indes (1997) — Léo Bauman
  • Le Comédien (1997) — Monsieur Maillard
  • Laguna (2001)
  • Truth About Charlie (2002) — Himself
  • Ararat (2002) — Edward Saroyan
  • Le Père Goriot (2004) — Jean-Joachim Goriot
  • Ennemis publics (2005)
  • Mon colonel (2006) — Père Rossi
  • Up (2009) — Carl Fredricksen (French Voice)

Concerts

Video

  • 1977 Großer Unterhaltungsabend – Charles Aznavour (Essen, Germany 1977). VHS Nikkatsu Video Films Co., Ltd./Japan
  • 1982 An Evening with Charles Aznavour (Duke of York's Theatre, London 1982). VIP Videocasette Diffusion, VHS SECAM MU 550

Laserdisc

  • 1982 An Evening with Charles Aznavour (Duke of York's Theatre, London 1982) [content differs from the video version]

DVD

  • 1999 AZNAVOUR LIVE - Palais des Congrès 97/98 (EMI)
  • 2001 AZNAVOUR LIVE - Olympia 68/72/78/80 (EMI)
  • 2001 Charles Aznavour au Carnegie Hall (New York, June 1996) (EMI)
  • 2001 AZNAVOUR – Pour toi Arménie (At Erevan Opera, September 1996)
  • 2002 Patrick Bruel – Entre-Deux (C. Aznavour sings Parlez-moi d'amour [with Patrick Bruel])
  • 2003 AZNAVOUR LIVE – Palais des Congrès 1994 (EMI)
  • 2004 Aznavour – Minelli au Palais des Congrès de Paris (EMI)
  • 2004 Toronto 1980 (as a Bonus to the Aznavour/Indispensables CD Boxset) (EMI)
  • 2004 80, Bon Anniversaire Charles – Palais des congrès 2004 (EMI)
  • 2004 Bon anniversaire Charles! (TV broadcasted concert for Charles Aznavour 80 anniversary, May 22 2004) (EMI)
  • 2005 Charles Aznavour 2000 – Concert intégral (EMI)
  • 2006 The Royal Opera – Die Fledermaus (Covent Garden, London 31-12-1983) (C. Aznavour sings She)
  • 2007 Charles Aznavour : En concert à Erevan (EMI)
  • 2007 Aznavour - Palais des Congrès de Paris (1987) [not the same concert as the CD version] (EMI)
  • 2008 Charles Aznavour et ses amis au Palais Garnier (EMI)
  • 2009 Anthologie 1955-1972 - 3 DVD Box Set (PAL Only) (INA / EMI)

Others

  • Charles Aznavour - Armenia 1989, (Armenfilm) 1989 color 10min. 35mm. Director Levon Mkrtchyan. The film is about the humanitarian aid that Charles Aznavour, a famous French singer of Armenian origin, brought to Armenia after the Spitak earthquake in 1988.[1]
  • Christmas in Vienna III, A Christmas gala concert live from Vienna on 22 December 1994 with Aznavour, Plácido Domingo and Sissel Kyrkjebø, featuring the Vienna Symphony conducted by famed Croatian conductor Vjekoslav Šutej.
  • Making of "Colore ma vie", A making-of featurette released in 2007 coinciding with the release of Aznavour's latest studio album, Colore ma vie. Filmed in Havana and Paris, it shows his collaboration with Chucho Valdez and the thoughts, opinions, and artistry the two put into the album.
  • Appeared on The Muppet Show Episode 9. Taping Dates: June 29 - July 1, 1976. Original Airdates: January 17, 1977 (New York) and January 22, 1977 (LA)

See also

References

  1. ^ ArmeniaPedia
  2. ^ ...highly distinct tenor voice
  3. ^ Tableau des équivalences
  4. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (10 April 2001). "Aznavour leaves on high note". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/1269362.stm. "Aznavour has sold more than 100 million records..." 
  5. ^ Singer Aznavour named Armenian ambassador to Switzerland
  6. ^ Official biography
  7. ^ "Write Me A Love Song, Charlie", by Jack Jones, also at Amazon.com
  8. ^ Sissel Kyrkjebø (Soprano)
  9. ^ Aznavour's log goodbye
  10. ^ Riding, Alan (18 September 2006). "At 82, Charles Aznavour Is Singing a Farewell That Could Last for Years". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/18/arts/music/18azna.html?ex=1167368400&en=5b722c96ea2a5172&ei=5070. "There are some people who grow old and others who just add years. I have added years, but I am not yet old..." 
  11. ^ Charles Aznavour Biography, RFI Musique, February 2007
  12. ^ Prochain album
  13. ^ Charles Aznavour pays himself "it all" in his new album
  14. ^ Tournée / Sortie CD
  15. ^ Aznavour en Liberté
  16. ^ New York Times article "Aznavour Granted Armenian Citizenship"
  17. ^ globeandmail.com: Aznavour receives Order of Canada honours in Quebec
  18. ^ French music stars mobilise for Haiti
  19. ^ Aznavour in Switzerland
  20. ^ Biography - Charles Aznavour
  21. ^ Charles Aznavour meets EC President José Manuel Barroso
  22. ^ French bill to combat Internet piracy clears final hurdle
  23. ^ Charles Aznavour Ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, Panorama.am, Feb. 13, 2009
  24. ^ Edison Award Official Site, 2008
  25. ^ Delegation of Armenia to UNESCO
  26. ^ Charles Aznavour and Kirk Kerkorian National Heroes of Armenia
  27. ^ Charles Aznavour receives Order of Canada honours in Quebec City
  28. ^ Aznavour to receive MIDEM award, PanArmenian.net, 15.01.2009
  29. ^ Именем Шарля Азнавура в Степанакерте назван культурный центр, Regnum, 2009

External links

Live performances

Awards
Preceded by
Maxime Le Forestier
Male artist of the year
at the Victoires de la Musique

1997
Succeeded by
Florent Pagny
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Zohrab Mnatsakanian
Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations in Geneva
since 26 June 2009
Incumbent
Ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland
since 30 June 2009

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[[File:|right|thumb|220px|Statue of Charles Aznavour, in Gyumri, Armenia.]] Charles Aznavour (born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter and actor. He is one of France's most popular and long lasting singers, and also one of the most well-known French singers in other countries. He has appeared in more than 60 movies and written more than 1000 songs (including 150 in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German). He has sold over 100 million albums. Aznavour started his final tour in late 2006.Aznavour was born as Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavouryan in Paris,1924 may 22 the son of Armenian immigrants Michael Aznavouryan & Knar Baghdasaryan. His parents introduced him to the world of theatre at an early age. He dropped out of school at the age of nine, already aspiring to the life of an artist. He began to perform at this time , and soon took the stage name "Aznavour". His big break came when the singer E. Piaf heard him sing & arranged to take him with her on tour in France and to the USA. Aznavours voice is shaded towards the tenor range, but possesses the low range and coloration more typical of a baritone, contributing to his unique sound. France

Film

  • 1989: Charles Aznavour Armenia 1989Armenfilm ( Gyumri, Leninakan,Nostradamus, General Andranik, Sumgayit, Karabagh)

Film director Levon Mkrtchyan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHEd5L1i6gg

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