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The Singer Charles Aznavour

Updated on March 7, 2016

Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian

Are you familiar with Charles Aznavour? Have there been a few songs you absolutely love that this singer sang? With a voice unlike many other voices in pop music these days, there is really no reason to wonder why Charles Aznavour made it in the world of singing.

Charles Aznavour was born Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian and he is an Armenian and French actor, songwriter, singer, diplomat and public activist. Besides being the most enduring and popular singers of France, he is also one of the world’s best singers. Known for a tenor which is unique, his voice rings in the upper reaches and is clear with profound, gravelly low notes. In over 60 movies he has made appearances and has composed songs by the thousand and at least fifty in German, seventy in Spanish, a hundred in Italian and a hundred and fifty in English. CNN named him the century’s entertainer and Time Online users from around the world did the same. As the performer most outstanding of the century, he was recognized with almost eighteen per cent of the vote total, winning over Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. He sang for royalty, popes and presidents and also for events that were humanitarian. He is Aznavour for Armenia founder, which is an organization for charity. He founded this along with Levon Sayan, an impresario and his long-time friend. In the year two thousand nine he became Armenia to Switzerland appointed ambassador and also Geneva’s UN permanent delegate. He began his tour the Aznavour en Toute Intimite in the year two thousand eleven.


Frequently, Aznavour sings about love and is described sometimes as the Frank Sinatra of France. He has written about a thousand songs, including musicals and made records numbering more than one hundred. The voice of Aznavour ranges toward that range of a tenor but also has a baritone’s coloration and low range, making his sound unique. He sings and speaks in various languages including Neapolitan, Portuguese, Armenian, Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, English and French. This has assisted in his performance in the USA’s Carnegie Hall as well as other global venues. In the UK one of his well known songs include Dance in the Old Fashioned Way. He became a primary success when in the charts his She song became number 1. He had collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire and Edith Piaf as well as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and Andrea Bocelli. He had also performed along with Julio Iglesias, Nana Mouskouri, Laura Pausini, Jose Carreras, Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Josh Groban, Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Elton John and Liza Minnelli. He also had collaborations with Placido Domingo, Paul Anka, Josh Groban, Laura Pausini, Sting and Celine Dion in his duet album of two thousand and eight called Duos.

In America, Aznavour toured across the nation in the year two thousand nine where it started in concerts performed across the USA and Canada taking him in the autumn to Latin America as well as to the United States once again. Later her released eleven songs in a new album including a reworking of She, his greatest hit into Elle.


In over sixty films, Aznavour had a varied and a long careers starring in Tirez sur le pianist of Francois Truffaut. He has received acclaim by the critics for performing in the film An Then There Were None. In The Tin Drum he played a supporting role and this film won in 1980 the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.


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