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Charles Aznavour
Շառլ Ազնավուր
Charles Aznavour in Yerevan
Charles Aznavour in Yerevan
Background information
Birth name Shahnour Vaghinagh Aznavourian
Born May 22, 1924 (1924-05-22) (age 83) in Paris, France
Genre(s) Pop, Chanson
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, actor, public activist
Years active 1936 - present
Label(s) EMI, MusArm
Website www.c-aznavour.com

Charles Aznavour (Armenian: Շառլ Ազնավուր; born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor and public activist. 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 voice; clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravely and soulful low notes. He has appeared in more than 60 movies, composed about 1000 songs (including 150 in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 100 million records.[1] Aznavour started his global farewell tour in late 2006. Image File history File links Aznavour-armenian-priests. ... Location of Yerevan in Armenia Coordinates: , Country Established 782 BC Government  - Mayor Yervand Zakharyan Area  - City 227 km²  (87. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Chanson is a French word for song, and in English-language contexts is often applied to any song with French words, particularly a cabaret song. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the rap album, see 1924 (album). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ...

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Biography

Aznavour was born in Paris, the son of Armenian immigrants Michael Aznavourian and Knar Bagdasarian[2]. His artistic parents introduced him to the world of theatre at an early age. This article is about the capital of France. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ...


He began to perform when he was nine 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. Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915–October 11, 1963) was one of Frances most beloved singers,[1] and became a national icon. ...

Little Charles with his Mother Knar (1920s)
Little Charles with his Mother Knar (1920s)

Often described as the "Frank Sinatra of France", Aznavour sings mostly about love. He has written musicals and about a thousand songs, made more than one hundred records, and appeared in sixty movies, including Shoot the Piano Player, The Tin Drum and Ararat. Aznavour sings in many languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Armenian, Portuguese), 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 im Grau), is one of Aznavour's most famous polylingual songs. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Shoot the Piano Player is the English title of Tirez sur le pianiste, a film released in 1960, directed by François Truffaut. ... The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1978 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. ... Ararat is a 2002 film directed, written, and co-produced by Atom Egoyan about the Armenian Genocide, an event that is denied by the government of Turkey. ... Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... Sayat-Nova Sayat-Nova (Armenian: Սայաթ-Õ†Õ¸Õ¾Õ¡; Azeri: Sayat-Nova; Persian: سایات‌نووا; Georgian: საიათ-ნოვა) (June 14, 1712 Tiflis– September 22, 1795, Haghpat), or King of Songs is the name given to Harutyun Sayatyan. ... Que Cest Triste Venise (literal English translation: How Sad Venice Is) is a song written and sung by Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour about Venice. ...


In the 1970s 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". She is a song by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer. ...


An admirer of Quebec, where he played in Montreal cabarets before becoming famous, he has helped the career of Quebec singer-songwriter Lynda Lemay in France, and has a house in Montreal. , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Lynda Lemay, born 25 July 1966 is a Canadian francophone singer. ...

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 Armenie", which topped the charts for 13 weeks. There is a square named after him in central Yerevan on Abovian Street. 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Location of Gyumri in Armenia Coordinates: , Country Marz Established 401 BC Government  - Mayor Vartan Ghukasyan Area  - City 36 km²  (13. ... The Spitak Earthquake was a tremor, measuring 6. ... Georges Garvarentz (April 1, 1932 - March 19, 1993) is an Armenian-French composer, noted for his music for Charles Aznavours songs. ... Location of Yerevan in Armenia Coordinates: , Country Established 782 BC Government  - Mayor Yervand Zakharyan Area  - City 227 km²  (87. ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... Chiang Kai-sheks Légion dhonneur. ...


In 1998, Charles Aznavour was chosen as Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. Aznavour was recognized as the century's outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. After Frank Sinatra's death, Charles Aznavour is the last of these "Greats". According to an Internet poll recently undertaken by Time magazine and CNN, Aznavour was chosen as "The Entertainer of the Century", surpassing Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin and John Lennon. “Elvis” redirects here. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... “TIME” redirects here. ...


Artists who have covered his songs range from Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby to Ray Charles and Liza Minnelli. In 1974, Jack Jones recorded an entire album of Aznavour compositions entitled "Write Me A Love Song, Charlie", re-released on CD in 2006 [1] [2]. Elvis Costello recorded "She" for the film Notting Hill. Tenor Plácido Domingo is a good friend of Aznavour and often performs his hits, most notably Aznavour's version of "Ave Maria" in 1994. Also in 1994, Aznavour performed with Domingo and Norwegian soprano Sissel at Domingo's third annual Christmas concert in Vienna. Notting Hill is a 1999 romantic comedy film set in the Notting Hill district of London, England, UK. The screenplay was written by Richard Curtis who had previously written Four Weddings and a Funeral. ... This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... Plácido Domingo José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born January 21, 1941)[1] better known as Plácido Domingo, is a world-renowned operatic tenor. ... Sissel Kyrkjebø (born June 24, 1969 in Bergen, Norway), also known as just Sissel, is a Norwegian singer. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ...


At the start of autumn in 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews. For 2007, Aznavour has concerts scheduled all over Japan and Asia. The second half of 2007 sees Aznavour returning to Paris for over 20 shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. He has repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, will likely last beyond 2010. At 83, Aznavour is in excellent health. He still sings in multiple languages and without 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.[3] On September 30, 2006, Aznavour performed a major concert in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia to start off the cultural season "Arménie mon amie" in France. Armenian president Robert Kocharyan and French president Jacques Chirac, at the time on an official visit to Armenia, were in front-row attendance.[4] is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Yerevan in Armenia Coordinates: , Country Established 782 BC Government  - Mayor Yervand Zakharyan Area  - City 227 km²  (87. ... Robert Sedraki Kocharian (Armenian: Ռոբերտ Քոչարյան) (born August 31, 1954) is the second president of the third republic of Armenia. ... “Chirac” redirects here. ...

Charles Aznavour in Armenia.

In 2006, 82-year old Aznavour traveled to Cuba, where he, together with Chucho Valdes, recorded his latest album Color Ma Vie, presented at Aznavour's Moscow concert in April 2007. Later, in July of 2007, Aznavour was invited to perform at the Vieilles Charrues Festival, and sang his greatest hits to a thrilled audience. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Chucho Vald s (1945 -) is a Cuban jazz musician and pianist. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... The Vieilles Charrues Festival (Literally : Old Ploughs Festival) is held every year in mid-July in the city of Carhaix located in the west of Brittany. ...


Film career

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 1979's The Tin Drum, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. Aznavour starred in the 2002 movie Ararat playing Edward Saroyan, a movie director. François Roland Truffaut (French IPA: ) (February 6, 1932 – October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Shoot the Piano Player is the English title of Tirez sur le pianiste, a film released in 1960, directed by François Truffaut. ... And Then There Were None is a 1974 film version of the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name. ... The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1978 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... A DVD cover of the movie Ararat Atom Egoyans 2002 film Ararat is a complex work, with many autobiographical and self-referential elements, about an Armenian-Canadian filmmaker making a film about the Armenian Genocide. ...


Awards and recognition

The Golden Lion (it: Leone dOro) is the name of the highest prize given to a film at the Biennale Venice Film Festival. ... The Venice Film Festival ( ) is the oldest film festival in the world. ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... Victoires de la musique is a French award show that recognizes the best singers of the year. ... The César Award is the national film award of France first given out in 1975. ... French Legion of Honor The Légion dhonneur (Legion of Honor ( AmE) or Legion of Honour ( ComE)) is an Order of Chivalry awarded by the President of France. ... National Hero of Armenia (Armenian: , EA: Hayastani azgayin heros) is the highest title in the Republic of Armenia. ... The Cairo International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Cairo, Egypt. ...

Greatest Hits

(2001 collection tracklist)

Toi et Moi (English translation: You and Me) is a song written in 1994 by Charles Aznavour, Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, and Jacques Revaux. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... She is the title of a song written by Charles Aznavour and Herbert Kretzmer. ... Que Cest Triste Venise (literal English translation: How Sad Venice Is) is a song written and sung by Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour about Venice. ... Hier Encore is a song released in 1961, written by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz. ... Une Vie DAmour (A life of love) is the title of a song written by Charles Aznavour on the music of Georges Garvarentz. ... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer, who besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. ... La Bohème is a song written by Jacques Plante and Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour. ... Hier Encore is a song released in 1961, written by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz. ...

Discography

Filmography

  • La Guerre des gosses (1936) — Extra
  • Les Disparus de Saint-Agil (1938) (uncredited) — Un élève
  • 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, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi! (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
  • Le Rat d'Amérique (1963) — Charles
  • Thomas l'imposteur (1964)
  • Alta infedeltà (1964) — Giulio (segment "Peccato nel Pommerigio")
  • 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
  • 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 Der (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
  • Ennemis publics (2005)
  • Mon colonel (2006) — Père Rossi

Shoot the Piano Player is the English title of Tirez sur le pianiste, a film released in 1960, directed by François Truffaut. ... Thomas limposteur is a 1964 French movie directed by Georges Franju and starring Emmanuelle Riva, Fabrice Rouleau, Sophie Dares, Jean Marais and Charles Aznavour. ... The Tin Drum (German: Die Blechtrommel) is a 1978 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. ... Ararat is a 2002 film directed, written, and co-produced by Atom Egoyan about the Armenian Genocide, an event that is denied by the government of Turkey. ...

Videos/DVDs about Charles Aznavour

  • (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.

Levon Mkrtchyan and Sergei Parajanov Director Levon Mkrtchyan,(Armenian: ; Russian: ; born February 25, 1953, in Leninakan (now Gyumri), is an Armenian director known for his documentaries, The Muses, Charentz: Known and Unknown Sides, Hovhannes Shiraz, Mashtots, My Komitas, And There Was Light, The Manuscript of Independence which was dedicated to... The Spitak Earthquake was a tremor, measuring 6. ...

Trivia

Aznavour has always been conscious of his diminutive height, standing at only 5'3" (160 cm). Because of this, however, he has developed tremendous stage presence and command.


Aznavour's nickname is Charles Aznavoice ('as no voice), used both by critics and affectionately by some fans.


Aznavour's voice is in the tenor range, but generally sticks to baritone. This article is about Tenor vocalists in music. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ...


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. Char Aznable ) is a fictional character, and often one of the main antagonists from the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, its sequels Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Chars Counterattack, voiced by Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Michael Kopsa (English dub of original series and Chars Counterattack), Steven Blum (Mobile Suit... Yoshiyuki Tomino , born November 5, 1941) is a Japanese anime creator, director, screenwriter and novelist. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... For the fictional robot, see Mecha. ... Mobile Suit Gundam ) is a televised anime series, created by Sunrise. ...


See also

The worlds best-selling music artists cannot be listed officially, as there is no organization that has recorded global music sales in the manner that the RIAA does in the United States. ... Franco-Armenian relations have existed since the French and the Armenians established contact in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia and are close to this day. ... Ils Sont Tombés is a song released in 1976, written by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz in 1975 and dedicated to the memory of Armenian Genocide victims. ...

References

  1. ^ Thomas, Rebecca. "Aznavour leaves on high note", BBC News, April 10, 2001. “Aznavour has sold more than 100 million records...” 
  2. ^ Official biography
  3. ^ Riding, Alan. "At 82, Charles Aznavour Is Singing a Farewell That Could Last for Years", The New York Times, September 18, 2006. “There are some people who grow old and others who just add years. I have added years, but I am not yet old...” 
  4. ^ Charles Aznavour Biography, RFI Musique, February 2007
  5. ^ Delegation of Armenia to UNESCO
  6. ^ Charles Aznavour and Kirk Kerkorian National Heroes of Armenia

BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... ...

Live performances

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

1997
Succeeded by
Florent Pagny
Persondata
NAME Aznavour, Charles
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Aznavourian, Shahnour Vaghinagh; ; Ազնավուր, Շառլ
SHORT DESCRIPTION singer
DATE OF BIRTH May 22, 1924
PLACE OF BIRTH Paris, France
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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