Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian, better known by his stage name Charles Aznavour OC, OQ is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Besides being one of France's most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world. Charles Aznavour is known for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes.
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Aznavour gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star - 4 months
Legendary Armenian crooner Charles Aznavour gets Hollywood Star at 92-years-old. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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At 92, Charles Aznavour Is Still With His First Love — His Audience
NPR - 4 months
"They are my confidantes," the French-born singer-songwriter says. He speaks to NPR's Robert Siegel about his current U.S. tour, his early days in New York and his role as an Armenian ambassador.
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Charles Aznavour, 92, to play five North American shows in October
LATimes - 7 months
French chanson master Charles Aznavour will tour the U.S. and Canada for a small handful of concerts in October, the 92-year-old singer’s return to North America following a limited tour in 2014. Aznavour will open the string of five dates on Oct. 15 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New...
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Charles Aznavour, With ‘My Paris,’ Tackles His first American Musical
NYTimes - 10 months
This French singer-songwriter and actor wrote the score for this show, which opens this week in New Haven and features a crew of major Broadway names.
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Charles Aznavour’s September Concert May Be His Last in New York — Or Not
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 2 years
Mr. Aznavour, 90, seems inclined to dismiss the promotion for his concert, which promoters are describing as a farewell.
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Dog Ears Music: 'Love Is Like Oxygen'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Clara SmithVaudevillian blues singer Clara Smith ("Queen of the Moaners") was born in South Carolina in 1894. By 1923, Smith relocated to New York, where she cut wax for Columbia Records for almost a decade, racking up over 100 sides. During this time, she was backed by luminaries Louis Armstrong, Charlie Green, Joe Smith, Freddy Jenkins, and James P. Johnson. Collaborations included Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson. At the depths of the Great Depression in Detroit, Smith died of heart failure at the age of 40. Remember her with "For Sale (Hannah Johnson's Big Jack Ass)," from Street Walker Blues: Vintage Songs About Prostitution Volume 2 (Digitally Remastered). Buy: Genre: Blues Artist: Clara Smith Song: For Sale (Hannah Johnsons Big Jack Ass) Album: Street Walker Blues: Vintage Songs About Prostitution Volume 2 (Digitally Remastered) B.AloneFrench multi-instrumentalist/remixer/ enigma B.Alone is an alt-ambient-funk powerhouse. Treading on wonder and catc ...
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Prostitution: France wants to punish clients
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world's oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute. Signatories include screen icon Catherine Deneuve —who played a prostitute in the cult film "Belle de Jour" — and crooner Charles Aznavour. The bill has prompted debate about sex and sexism in France, where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of aggravated pimping. "More clandestine practices means we would find ourselves in more secluded places, and therefore subject to possible violence," Thierry Schaffauser, a 31-year old escort and spokesman for sex workers' group Strass, told The Associated Press. A contentious open letter titled "Hands off my whore" was released last month by a group of men, including a lawyer for Strauss-Khan, in favor of a man's right to buy physical pleasure. [...] earlier this month, a petition emerged, signed ...
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French stars sign petition against plan to ban prostitution
Yahoo News - over 3 years
A group of French celebrities including singer Charles Aznavour and actress Catherine Deneuve have signed a petition against a socialist proposal to punish clients of prostitutes. Next week, a French parliament committee will review a proposal by the ruling socialist party faction to scrap sanctions on soliciting and instead punish prostitutes' customers with fines. "Without supporting or promoting prostitution, we refuse the criminalization of people who prostitute themselves and those who use their services," some 70 French celebrities, including former socialist culture minister Jack Lang, said in a statement published in French media on Saturday. Ageing French singer Antoine, who took the initiative for the petition, told French daily Le Figaro the government should continue fighting sexual slavery but should not criminalize prostitution and that those who prostitute themselves should have the same rights as other workers.
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Bob Dylan's Major Honor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
PARIS, June 3 (Reuters) - American singer Bob Dylan may soon be awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion d'Honneur, after his nomination was reportedly first tossed out over his marijuana use and opposition to the Vietnam War. The green light given by the Legion d'Honneur's council means France's minister of culture may soon decorate Dylan - a symbol of 1960s counterculture - with the five-pointed star of the top "Chevalier" order. He would join the ranks of singers such as Britain's Paul McCartney and France's Charles Aznavour to be so honoured. The 17-member council determines whether nominations put forward by government ministers conform to the institution's principles. Its grand chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin, confirmed it had approved Dylan's nomination. In a letter to the daily Le Monde published on Sunday, Georgelin called the singer-songwriter an "exceptional artist" known in the Un ...
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Liza Minnelli Plans NYC Birthday Bash -- And You're Invited!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning comeback queen Liza Minnelli is following up her "Cabaret" anniversary promo blitz by adding a second performance to her forthcoming run at New York City's Town Hall alongside Alan Cumming. The ever-tenacious stage and screen legend will now join fellow Tony winner Cumming for two concerts on March 13 and 14, just one day after her 67th birthday. It's a particularly fitting duo, given that the pair share a "Cabaret" legacy -- with Minnelli nabbing her Academy Award for the 1972 film version and Cumming starring in the 1998 revival of the iconic musical. Though the first show is already sold out, tickets for the March 14 show go on sale Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. Details here. New York nightlife impresario Daniel Nardicio, who produced the pair's mega-successful concerts in Fire Island, N.Y. last summer, confirmed the news in an email to HuffPost Gay Voices. Check out the promo poster for the show, then scroll down to keep reading: "It ...
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Marten Weber: Ricky Martin Is Not Alone
Huffington Post - over 4 years
But a new generation of vocal artists has more courage. As an out gay writer, I find that one of the most rewarding developments of the last decade is the emergence of proud and out artists around the world and the amazing indie art scene they have created. No longer do greedy or timid publishers stymie individual artistic talent. Authors always had it easier, because we are ultimately recluses who do not seek the limelight. Having your book rubbished by a conservative reviewer is easier to stomach than attacks on a person, unless, of course, your name is Rushdie. To me, the most intriguing group of artists to come out are pop singers. Songs never have to be explicitly gay; singers can always hide behind an adored "you." Why bother with all the politics, then, and risk alienating your bigoted fans (still the majority, unfortunately)? I am not talking about the old guard here. Elton John, George Michael, and boyband members Mark Feehily and Lance Bass came out after ...
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ArtsBeat: Charles Aznavour Cancels New York Shows in Contract Dispute
NYTimes - almost 5 years
The French singer said health problems were not the reason for the shows' cancellation this week.
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The 'French Frank Sinatra' Is Unstoppable At 87
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Charles Aznavour, considered one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, is currently on tour throughout the United States. Dubbed the "French Frank Sinatra," the 87-year-old (soon to be 88!) has penned around one thousand songs. His songs have been recorded by an astonishing array of performers such as Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan, Liza Minnelli, Sting and Elvis Costello. The Gallic crooner speaks English with a charming crooked syntax in an accent that, dare we say it, sounds exactly like Pepe LePew. The man still radiates Parisian charm. You’re 87 and still touring. When are you going to retire? I don’t understand those who are trying to know this or that. I have the strength to live more than others. Most of the time when you meet someone and they say, "I’m 50," they do this (Aznavour slumps down in his chair) and then 60 and so on. I refuse! One day it’s going to be impossible but I’m sure I can do something with a (mimes a walker). I said to my manager the oth ...
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New North American tour for singer Charles Aznavour
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
French singer Charles Aznavour is back for a new North American concert tour, and it's not to say farewell.
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Charles Aznavour prêt à payer plus d'impôts - Gala
Google News - over 5 years
En pleine promotion de son nouvel album et de sa tournée d'adieu, Charles Aznavour s'est exprimé au micro de RTL jeudi. A propos de l'effort financier demandé à tous pour réduire le déficit de la France, le chanteur a estimé qu'il était prêt à payer ... - -
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Aznavour
  • 2016
    In April, 2016 Aznavour visited Armenia to participate in the Aurora Prize Award ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details On 24 April, along with Serzh Sargsyan, the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Garegin II and actor George Clooney, he laid flowers at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. Aznavour has been married three times, to Micheline Rugel (1946), Evelyn Plessis (1956) and current wife Ulla Thorsell (1967). Six children were produced by these marriages: Séda, Patrick, Katia, Mischa and Nicolas. In 1990, he offered insights into his life to writer-director Michael Feeney Callan in the TV series My Riviera which was filmed at and around Aznavour's home in Port Grimaud, in the South of France. He currently resides in St-Sulpice, Vaud, Switzerland. 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 1979 mecha anime 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" (feat. Eminem & Xzibit), from his album 2001. He is mentioned in The Psychedelic Furs song "Sister Europe" ("The radio upon the floor/ is stupid, it plays Aznavour") and the Kemal Monteno song "Stavi tiho Aznavoura" ("Play Aznavour quietly").
  • 2014
    In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Aznavour continued his international tournée with a lot of big concerts in various countries, e.g.
    More Details Hide Details Bruxelles, Berlin, Francfort/Main, Barcelone, Madrid, Warsaw, Prague, Moscow, Bucarest, Antwerp, London, Dubai, Canada (Montreal), USA (New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles), Japan (Osaka, Tokyo), Marbella, Monaco, Verone, Amsterdam. See: Filmography Aznavour has had a long and varied parallel career as an actor, appearing in over 60 films.
  • 2013
    In December 2013 Aznavour gave two concerts in the Netherlands at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, and again in January 2016 (originally scheduled for November 2015 but postponed due to a brief stomach flu.)
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    In November 2013, Aznavour appeared with Achinoam Nini (Noa) in a concert, dedicated to peace, at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv.
    More Details Hide Details The audience, including Israeli president Shimon Peres (Peres and Aznavour had a meeting prior to the performance), sang along.
    On 25 October 2013 Aznavour performed in London for the first time in 25 years at the Royal Albert Hall; demand was so high that a second concert at the Royal Albert Hall was scheduled for June 2014.
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  • 2012
    On 16 August 2012 Aznavour performed in his father's birthplace Akhaltsikhe in Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details Part of the concert was broadcast on Georgian television.
    In 2012, Aznavour embarked on a new North American leg of his "En toute intimité" tour, visiting Québec and the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, the third-largest such venue in California, for multiple shows.
    More Details Hide Details The shows in New York were cancelled following a contract dispute.
  • 2011
    On 12 December 2011 he gave a concert in Moscow State Kremlin Palace that attracted a capacity crowd.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was followed by a standing ovation which continued for about fifteen minutes.
    In August 2011 Aznavour released a new album, Aznavour Toujours, featuring 11 new songs, and Elle, a French re-working of his greatest international hit, She.
    More Details Hide Details Following the release of Aznavour Toujours, 87 years old Aznavour began a tour across France and Europe, named Charles Aznavour en Toute Intimité, which started with 21 concerts in the "Olympia" theatre in Paris.
  • 2009
    The tour, named Aznavour en liberté, started in late April 2009 with a wave of concerts across the United States and Canada, took him across Latin America in the autumn, as well as the USA once again.
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    In 2009, Aznavour also toured across America.
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  • 2008
    On 26 December 2008, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan signed a presidential decree for granting citizenship for the Republic of Armenia to Aznavour whom he called a "prominent singer and public figure" and "a hero of the Armenian people".
    More Details Hide Details In 2011 the Charles Aznavour Museum opened in Yerevan, Armenia.
    An admirer of Quebec, where he played in Montreal 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.
    More Details Hide Details He 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. In 2008, an album of duets, Duos, was released. It is a collaborative effort featuring Aznavour and his greatest friends and partners from his long career in the music industry, including Céline Dion, Sting, Laura Pausini, Josh Groban, Paul Anka, Plácido Domingo, and many others. It was released on various dates in December 2008 across the world. 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 was released on 27 November 2009.
    Throughout the spring of 2008, Aznavour toured South America, holding a multitude of concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
    More Details Hide Details Summer saw him in Quebec, and a return to Latin America followed in autumn.
    Aznavour finished a tour of Portugal in February 2008.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Later, in July 2007, Aznavour was invited to perform at the Vieilles Charrues Festival.
    More Details Hide Details "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.
    It was presented at his Moscow concert in April 2007.
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  • 2006
    In 2006 Aznavour recorded his album Colore Ma Vie in Cuba, with Chucho Valdés.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Armenian president Robert Kocharyan and French president Jacques Chirac, at the time on an official visit to Armenia, were in front-row attendance.
    At the start of autumn 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Aznavour had repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, would likely last beyond 2010; since then, however, Charles Aznavour has continued performing worldwide throughout the year. At 92, Aznavour is in excellent health, although admittedly 60 years on stage have made him "a little hard of hearing". 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.
  • 2005
    He has frequently campaigned for international copyright law reform. In November 2005 he met with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso 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' law allowing 95 years, saying "on term of protection, artists and record companies are of the same mind.
    More Details Hide Details 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 " 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 12 February 2009:
  • 2002
    Aznavour has been increasingly involved in French, Armenian and international politics as his career progressed. During the 2002 French presidential elections, when socially conservative 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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" (known in English as "They fell").
  • 1997
    He was appointed as "Officier" (Officer) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004 Aznavour received the title of National Hero of Armenia, Armenia's highest award.
  • 1995
    He performed with famed Russian cellist and friend Mstislav Rostropovich to inaugurate the French presidency of the European Union in 1995.
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  • 1994
    In 1994, Aznavour performed with Domingo and Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø at Domingo's third annual Christmas in Vienna concert.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1985
    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 solo studio recording of "Les bateaux sont partis" in 1985 and duet versions of the song in French and Spanish in 2008, as well as multiple live renditions Aznavour's "Ave Maria".
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  • 1974
    In 1974, Jack Jones recorded an entire album of Aznavour compositions entitled "Write Me A Love Song, Charlie", re-released on CD in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Aznavour and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang Gounod's aria Ave Maria together.
    In 1974, Aznavour became a major success in the United Kingdom where his song "She" went to Number One in the charts three times faster than anyone else's.
    More Details Hide Details His other well-known song in the UK was "Dance in the Old Fashioned Way". Artists who have recorded his songs and collaborated with Aznavour include Édith Piaf, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra (Aznavour was one of the rare European singers invited to duet with him), Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan (he named Aznavour among the greatest live performers he's ever seen), Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Dalida, Serge Gainsbourg, Josh Groban, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, 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.
  • 1950
    Meanwhile, Aznavour wrote his first song entitled J'ai Bu in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details During the early stages of his career, Aznavour opened for Edith Piaf at the Moulin Rouge. Piaf then advised Aznavour to pursue a career in singing. Piaf helped Aznavour develop a distinctive voice that stimulated the best of his abilities. Sometimes described as "France's Frank Sinatra", Aznavour sings frequently about love. He has written musicals and about more than eight hundred songs, and made more than one hundred records. 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. Aznavour speaks and sings in many languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Armenian, Neapolitan), which has helped him perform at Carnegie Hall, in the USA, and other major venues around the world. He also recorded at least one song from the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, and a popular song, Im Yare 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.
  • 1944
    In 1944, he and actor Pierre Roche began a partnership and in collaborative efforts performed in numerous nightclubs.
    More Details Hide Details It was through this partnership that Aznavour began to write songs and sing. The partnership's first successes were in Canada in 1948-1950.
  • 1924
    Born on May 22, 1924.
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