Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour


5/22/1924, Paris, France

Birth Name

Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian



Also Known As

Charles Aznavurian
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Charles Aznavour, French singer and songwriter, one of the best songwriters in France and in the whole world. Selling more than 100 million records over the years, he is the most successful french singer, and was recently introduced into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • During the 50s, Charles' compositions were banned in France for being too risky. On a trip to New York, he performed in a Cafe Society, which led to a decade of performances in average bars and clubs all around USA and Europe.

    • Charles' debut movie role was an epileptic guy in Le Tete Contre les Murs (Head Against the Wall, 1958), but his big breakthrough was several movies later, as a musician obsessed with gangsters on Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player, 1960).

    • Charles' first American LP was in 1965, The World of Charles Aznavour, and was released on Reprise Records, the label of Frank Sinatra.

    • Charles, when he was young, used to work as the chauffeur (driver) of Édith Piaf, the great French singer. She is the one who helped him overcome his singing fears.

    • During his teenage years, Charles was dancing in nightclubs and working as a newspaper seller.

    • While growing up, Charles had a paralyzed vocal cord, which caused a serious impediment. That is where his voice got the unique rapsy quality.

    • Charles has a crush on fast racing cars.

    • Charles was a member of the 1986 Cannes Film Festival jury.

    • Charles was given his own chance to break-out after he began performing under the stage name Aznavour. Édith Piaf, the legendary French singer, heard him singing and took him with her to a National tour, and later to the USA.

    • A statue made in shape of Charles, is placed in Gyumri, Armenia.

    • Char Aznable, Mobile Suit Gundam's main antagonist, has got his name derived from Aznavour's name.

    • Charles' song Yesterday When I Was Young was covered three times, when the most known version is by Marc Almond. The song She was covered 2 times, one of them by Elvis Costello.

    • The Légion d'honneur, or the National Order of the Legion of Honor (founded by Napoleon) has appointed Charles Aznavour as Officier (Officer) of the Order in 1997. It is an honorary award of a great distinction.

    • Charles has performed in the Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York, and in many other venues around the world.

    • Charles can sing in no less than 6 languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian.

    • Charles had a major success in the UK during the 1970s with the songs She (#1 UK Chart) and Dance in the Old Fashioned Way.

    • Charles is 5' 3" (1.60 m).

    • Charles Aznavour was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame by the National Academy of Popular Music, in 1995.

  • Quotes

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