Charles Aznavour ( 1924 - 2018) was a Frenchman of Armenian descent, singer, songwriter, actor, activist and diplomat, known for his unique voice.
Born in Paris on May 22, 1924, his parents were immigrant artists from Armenia. His father was a baritone from Tbilisi, Georgia, his mother was an actor from Izmir, Turkey. His parents introduced him to the world of music from an early age. At the age of five he participated in variety shows, in which he accompanied his father with the guitar and at the age of nine he left school, despite the reaction of his parents, to focus on his artistic performances as a singer. At the age of 22, in 1946, Edith Piaf heard him singing and asked him to join her art group, during her tours in the USA and France.
From that year he experienced a leaping artistic development with his songs becoming, one after another, great hits. Charles Aznavour has performed more than 1,000 songs, and has toured extensively in and outside France, including major European countries, Latin America, the United States and Canada, Armenia, Egypt, and the Far East. He has also taken part in about 60 movies, in several of which he was the protagonist, while it is claimed that about 100,000,000 of his records have been sold.
Aznavour actively participated in French, Armenian and international politics, was a supporter and friend of Chirac, participated in campaigns for the reform of international copyright law. He held a diplomatic passport of France and Armenia and was a goodwill ambassador of Armenia to UNESCO. In addition, he was the permanent representative of Armenia to the UN.
He received numerous awards and honors during his career, including the Golden Lion of Venice, the Victorian Prize of France, the Cesar Prize, the prize of the 30th Egyptian Film Festival, the medal of the French Academy of the Horseman Knight of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Order of Armenia, medals of Latin American countries.
Aznavour married three times and had 6 children. He died on October 1, 2018, at his home, in the village of Mouries, in south of France.