French singer-songwriter and actor Charles Aznavour, known affectionately as France’s Frank Sinatra, has died at his home in Mouriès, south of France, he was 94.
Charles, born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian on the 22nd of May 1924 to Armenian immigrants in Paris, France, had a career that lasted over 80 years.
He had worldwide record sales of over 180 million and appeared in more than 80 films, from an extra in La Guerre des gosses in 1936 to playing Père Rossi in the 2006 film The Colonel.
Charles Aznavour a Chart topping artist
The singer is best known for his 1974 hit single ” She “, which topped the charts in both the UK and Ireland. However, it only made it to number forty-six in his native France. The song, performed by Elvis Costello, features in the opening credits of Notting Hill, a film by Richard Curtis.
In 1998, CNN named Charles their entertainer of the century, and in 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A brilliant lyricist, he drew from experiences he had growing up in difficult times. During his long and successful career, he has written over 1,000 songs for himself and other artists.
His long list of releases includes 167 singles, fifty-one studio albums and twenty-one live albums.
Charles’ last concert took place on the 19th of September 2018 in the 1,417-seat capacity NHK Hall, Osaka, Japan.
More than just a singer
A respected and much-loved entertainer, Charles Aznavour has over the years performed for presidents, popes and royal families. He has also entertained at many philanthropic events to raise funds and awareness.
In 2009, he took up an appointment as ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland. He later went on to become Armenia’s delegate to the United Nations.
According to classmates, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, is a big fan and always sang his songs during karaoke nights when he was a student.
Fans worldwide have paid their respects on Twitter, including music and film celebrities. A much-loved entertainer, he will be missed by young and old alike.
Further Reading: Wikipedia.org/CharlesAznavour