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Charles Aznavour From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Charles Aznavour Շառլ Ազնաւուր 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 84) Origin Paris, France Genre(s) Pop Chanson Jazz Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, public activist Voice type(s) Tenor Years active 1936–present Label(s) 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), May 22, 1924, Paris) 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 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), and sold well over 100 million records. 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. Contents [hide] 1 Biography 1.1 Background 1.2 Music 1.3 Film 1.4 Armenia and abroad 1.5 Personal life and cultural impact 2 Politics 3 Awards and recognition 4 Greatest Hits 5 Discography 6 Filmography 7 Charles Aznavour Videos/DVDs 8 See also 9 References 10 External links 10.1 Live performances  Biography Little Charles with his Mother Knar (1920s)  Background Aznavour was born in Paris, the son of Armenian immigrants Michael Aznavourian and Knar Bagdasarian. 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 lies in the tenor range, but possesses the low range and coloratura more typical of a baritone, lending 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 performing in ViennaArtists 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 . Aznavour and Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang Gounod's aria Ave Maria together. 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. 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 84, 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 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. 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. 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. It was released on various dates in December 2008 across the world. His next album, 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 is to be released in 2009. Aznavour's next tour, Aznavour en liberté , will again take him across the United States and Canada. It starts in late April 2009.  Film See also: Charles Aznavour#Filmography 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 presidentail 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". An admirer of Québec, where he played in Montréal cabarets before becoming famous, he has helped the career of Québecoise 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.  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. 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", off of 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. He stands only 160 cm. 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".  Politics 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. 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 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. 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.  Awards and recognition 1963, 1971 and 1980 - Edison Awards (three-time awardwinner) 1971 - Golden Lion Honorary Award at the Venice Film Festival for the Italian version of the song Mourir d'aimer 1995 - Large Medal of French Academy 1995 - Ambassador of Goodwill and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO 1996 - Induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame 1997 - French Victoire award for Male artist of the year 1997 - Honorary César Award 1997 - Officier (Officer) of the Legion d'honneur 2004 - National Hero of Armenia 2006 - Honorary prize at 30th Cairo Film Festival 2008 - Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada 2008 - Citizenship of the Republic of Armenia 2009 - MIDEM Lifetime Achievement Award  Greatest Hits (2001 collection tracklist) "Toi et Moi" "The Sound Of Your Name" (with Liza Minnelli) "The Old Fashioned Way" "She" "Tu t'laisses Aller" "La Mamma" "Que C'est Triste Venise" "For Me Formidable" "Il Faut Savoir" "Et Pourtant" "Non Je N'ai Rien Oublie" "Qui" "Yesterday When I Was Young" "Une Vie D'amour" (with Mireille Mathieu) "La Bohème" "Hier Encore" "Sur Ma Vie" "Embrasse-moi" "Ave Maria"  Discography 1996 - 40 chansons d'or French Discography International Discography International Catalog of all recordings available  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 (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 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 Ennemis publics (2005) Mon colonel (2006) — Père Rossi  Charles Aznavour Videos/DVDs 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. 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.  See also List of best-selling music artists Franco-Armenian relations Ils Sont Tombés  References ^ ArmeniaPedia ^ ...highly distinct tenor voice ^ Tableau des équivalences ^ 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..." ^ Official biography ^ "Write Me A Love Song, Charlie", by Jack Jones, also at Amazon.com ^ Sissel Kyrkjebø (Soprano) ^ Aznavour's log goodbye ^ 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..." ^ Charles Aznavour Biography, RFI Musique, February 2007 ^ Prochain album ^ Charles Aznavour pays himself "it all" in his new album ^ Aznavour en Liberté ^ New York Times article "Aznavour Granted Armenian Citizenship" ^ globeandmail.com: Aznavour receives Order of Canada honours in Quebec ^ Aznavour in Switzerland ^ Biography - Charles Aznavour ^ Charles Aznavour meets EC President José Manuel Barroso ^ Charles Aznavour Ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, Panorama.am, Feb. 13, 2009 ^ Edison Award Official Site, 2008 ^ Delegation of Armenia to UNESCO ^ Charles Aznavour and Kirk Kerkorian National Heroes of Armenia ^ Charles Aznavour receives Order of Canada honours in Quebec City ^ Aznavour to receive MIDEM award, PanArmenian.net, 15.01.2009  External links Charles Aznavour at the Internet Movie Database Charles Aznavour at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Official site Biography by Radio France International Fansite (French) Original discography, catalogue and discussion group (French) Les carnets Aznavour (French) Charles Aznavour - Armenian-Russian fan site (Russian) Karaokes of Charles Aznavour Sing Charles Aznavour Songs (music and lyrics) Charles Aznavour in Armenia - 1989 - Armenian Film  Live performances Charles Aznavour - "Ave Maria" performance Charles Aznavour - "Hier encore" performance Charles Aznavour - "Paris au mois d'août" performance 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 22 May 1924 PLACE OF BIRTH Paris, France DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Aznavour" Categories: 1924 births | Living people | Actor-singers | French Armenians | French film actors | French male singers | French singers | French songwriters | French-language singers | Members of Les Enfoirés | Officers of the Order of Canada | People from Paris | Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees | Officiers of the Légion d'honneur