Charles Aznavour Dies at 94

CAIRO, Oct. 2 (SEE)- French singer Charles Aznavour died at the age of 94 on Monday. He was one of France’s greatest singing voices.

He was born in Paris, 1924 into a family of artists of Armenian descent. His father was a former baritone and his mother a comic actress.

Aznavour began his career peddling his music to French artists of the 1940s and 1950s such as Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trenet.

He discovered his talent for penning songs while performing in cabarets with partner Pierre Roche, with Roche playing the piano and Aznavour singing.

 

He sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries, among them “She” and “Formidable”.

The former French president “Jacques Chirac” recognised his global renown as a French singer throughout the world by appointing him an officer of the Legion of Honour in 1997.

Aznavour was appointed an Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO in 1995, and became an Armenian citizen in 2008 and agreed to be the Armenian ambassador to Switzerland.

He was a committed worker for Armenia founding a charity to help survivors of the earthquake there in 1988.

Aznavour was a composer, actor, writer, and singer renowned throughout the world for his repertoire of bittersweet love songs.

Aznavour died at one of his homes in the southeast of France.

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