Charles Aznavour; born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, Armenian (22 May 1924 – 1 October 2018) was a French-Armenian singer, lyricist, actor, public activist and diplomat. Aznavour was known for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. In a career spanning over 70 years, he recorded more than 1,200 songs interpreted in eight languages. For himself and others, he wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs. He was one of France’s most popular and enduring singers.
He sold 180 million records during his lifetime and was dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, while music critic Stephen Holden described Aznavour as “French pop deity.” He was also arguably the most famous Armenian of his time. In 1998, Aznavour was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. He was recognized as the century’s outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.
Aznavour sang for presidents, popes and royalty, as well as at humanitarian events. In response to the 1988 Armenian earthquake, he founded the charitable organization Aznavour for Armenia along with his long-time friend impresario Levon Sayan. In 2009, he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva. He started his most recent tour in 2014.
On 24 August 2017, Aznavour was awarded the 2,618th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On 19 September 2018, his last concert took place in NHK Hall, Osaka. On 1 October 2018 it was announced that he had died at his home in the village of Mouriès in the south of France. (by wikpedia)
2007 album from the French vocalist, actor and songwriter, quite possibly the best known French entertainer in the world. Sounding like a mixture of Frank Sinatra and Maurice Chavalier, Aznavour’s distinctive voice has entertained audiences for over four decades.
Excellent master performance by the great Cuban pianist, “Chucho” Valdez, who gives it a totally different tone, atmosphere, and genre to the still strong and vibrant voice of the great Charles Aznavour (in his eighty’s.)
It infuses and adds magnificent Afro-Cuban rhythms and tones to Aznavour’s own creative poetry and lyrics, and it frequently dares and displays the special talents of this great piano concert-master Chucho Valdez, who comes from a whole family lineage of great concert pianists.
The CD was completely recorded in Havana, Cuba, mastered in Paris, France, and I believe that the Havana environment and spirit of the Island has been made felt throughout the CD.
A worthwhile CD to ad to your collection, whether an Aznavour fan, or a Chucho Valdez-Afro-Cuban connaisseur-fan. Enjoy! (by I. Jakubowicz)
Charles Aznavour (vocals)
“Chucho” Valdez (piano)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians
01. La Terre Meurt (Aznavour) 4.16
02. Colore Ma Vie (Aznavour) 3.49
03. Il y a des Femmes (Aznavour) 3.42
04. J’Abdiquerai (Aznavour) 4.06
05. Tendre Arménie (Aznavour) 4.47
06. Avant, Pendant, Après (Aznavour) 3.38
07. T’En Souvient-Il? (Aznavour) 4.14
08. Sans Importance (Aznavour/Bourtayre) 3.25
09. Moi, Je Vis en Banlieue (Aznavour) 4.27
10. Oui (Aznavour) 3.37
11. Fado (Aznavour) 4.40
12. La Fête Est Finie (Aznavour) 3.43
Charles Aznavour (22 May 1924 – 1 October 2018)