22 May 1924, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris – 1 October 2018, Mouriès
Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian (Armenian: Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրեան), better known by his stage name Charles Aznavour, was a French-Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat, known for his distinctive tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes.
Besides being one of France’s most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world.
In a composer/singer/songwriter career spanning over 70 years, he recorded more than 1,200 songs interpreted in nine languages. Moreover, he wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs for himself and others and he has appeared in more than sixty movies, and sold well over 100 million records.
He started his last world tour in 2014. On 24 August 2017, Aznavour was awarded the 2,618th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year, he and his sister were awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Award for sheltering Jews during World War II. His last concert took place in NHK Hall in Osaka on 19 September 2018.
The Best of Charles Aznavour