Charles Aznavour, supreme icon of French song with a career spanning 70 years, died Monday 2nd October at the age of 94.
An extraordinary career
Of Armenian origin, Charles Aznavour was born in Paris almost by chance, while his parents tried to flee their country to go to the United States. In 1946, at the age of 22, Charles met Edith Piaf who offered him the opportunity to accompany her on her next tour. He went on to become her right hand man: driver, porter, and confidant ... Their story lasted 8 years. La Môme sometimes allowed him to play his songs in her concerts.
Author - composer - performer, he had his first success with Viens au creux de mon épaule. His worldwide career in 94 countries and his songs in 8 languages have allowed him to be crowned the most influential singer of the twentieth century by CNN. Tireless after 70 years of career and 180 million titles sold, Charles Aznavour continued to sing and tour tirelessly, which kept him alive he said. He was planning to release his 52nd album, tour France and perform at the Francophonie Summit in Armenia.
A successful singer but also an actor Charles Aznavour appeared for the first time at the cinema in Tirez sur le pianiste by François Truffaut in 1960. He later played in about sixty films, including Le tambour by Volker Schlöndorff, Oscar winner of the best foreign film, and Un Taxi pour Tobrouk alongside Lino Ventura.
Despite his wish, Charles Aznavour will not celebrate his 100th birthday on stage, but he leaves the lasting impression of a true gentleman, funny, with a great sense of repartee but leaving especially the memory of one of the greatest francophone singers of his century. Watch the l'Hommage National, which will be given on Friday October 5th from 9:15 am * live from the Invalides in Paris in the presence of Emmanuel Macron. The Armenian Prime Minister Niko Pachinian will deliver a eulogy while the French Republican Guard will play some of Aznavour's biggest hits.
French-Armenian singer, songwriter, composer and actor Charles Aznavour passed away on October 1 at age 94. He leaves behind a vast repertoire of more than 1,200 songs, many of which have become classics.
Some of his biggest hits
This song appears on the album Entre deux rêves, released in 1967. Charles Aznavour is the author of the lyrics. He also played an English version of Take me along, called Take me along.
La Bohème (1965)
The song was written by Charles Aznavour and Jacques Plante. The two men were inspired by their respective youth in a "Paris des artistes" to write the lyrics. Originally, it wasn't planned that La Bohème would be sung by Charles Aznavour himself, but, urged on by his record company, he records it and the song is a huge success.
For me formidable (1963)
Rewritten by Jacques Plantes and composed by Charles Aznavour, For me formidable speaks of love. A cabaret version filled with swing mixing "Shakespeare language" with "Molière's language".
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