Armenian French singer Charles Aznavour, RIP

This music video, with English subtitles, from France shows Charles Aznavour singing La bohème. It is about poverty among artists in Montmartre, Paris.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

French singer Charles Aznavour has died. He was 94 years old. That reported his spokesperson to the French news agency AFP. The singer died in his home in the Southern France Alpilles region.

Aznavour was seen as one of France’s greatest singers. He wrote more than 1400 songs, which were also performed by others. Aznavour kept performing also in old age. His last concert in the Netherlands was in Amsterdam last March.

On 17 September 2018, his last concert was in Tokyo, Japan.

Armenian roots

Aznavour was born in Paris on May 22, 1924, as Sahnour Aznavourian. His parents were Armenian immigrants. He sang in six different languages ​​and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He also played in about sixty movies.

Well-known Aznavour songs are She, For me formidable, La mamma, Hier encore and La Bohème.

At 93-years-old he got a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Upon revealing, he said, “I’m French and Armenian, the two of them are connected like coffee and milk. It’s great to carry two cultures with you.”

Aznavour protested against French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

French-Armenian Charles Aznavour, who has died aged 94, was the last of the great post-war chanson singer-songwriters. He leaves a legacy of some 1,200 songs, innumerable recordings and some notable film appearances: here.

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