The French singer Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94. Aznavour, born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100m records in 80 countries.
He was often described as France’s Frank Sinatra and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. He was a prolific artist featured in over 60 films. He recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages.
He was named “Entertainer of the Century” by CNN in 1998 due to his immense global popularity.
His biggest hit in English was ‘She’, a romantic ballad released in 1974 in which Aznavour confronts a relationship, declaring “the meaning of my life is she”.
It was also recorded in French, German, Italian and Spanish. The song was covered by Elvis Costello for the soundtrack to the 1999 film Notting Hill.
Apart from ‘She’ many more of Aznavour’s songs have been covered by the likes of Roy Clark with “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” Ray Charles “For Mama,” Dylan with “The Times We’ve Known,” Liza Minnelli with “What Makes a Man a Man.”
He also performed many duets with many singers, including Sting on “Love Is New Everyday,” Celine Dion on “Toi et Moi” and Sinatra on “You Make Me Feel So Young.”
Profondément français, attaché viscéralement à ses racines arméniennes, reconnu dans le monde entier, Charles Aznavour aura accompagné les joies et les peines de trois générations. Ses chefs-d’œuvre, son timbre, son rayonnement unique lui survivront longtemps.
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