France’s Frank Sinatra,’Charles Aznavour, dies at 94

Veteran French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has died at the age of 94.

Aznavour, who was born to Armenian immigrant parents in Paris in 1924, is perhaps best known for his hits “She” and “Hier Encore.”performing career endured eight decades, with a prompter in his final years the sole concession to age.

He was often described as France’s Frank Sinatra and was best known for his 1974 hit She. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Aznavour’s first public performances were at Armenian dances where his father and older sister Aida sang, and the young Charles danced.

In 2009, he received the National Order of Quebec and for his 80th birthday, Aznavour sang at the renowned Palais des Congres in Paris and then went on a tour of France and Belgium.

In his career, Aznavour wrote upward of 1,000 songs, for himself, Piaf and other popular French singers. The love ballad “She” topped British charts for four weeks in 1974 and was covered by Elvis Costello for the film “Notting Hill.”

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Aznavour’s “masterpieces, voice tone” and “unique radiance.”

Aznavour’s film career included main roles in François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player in 1960 and the 1974 version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. He also had a smaller part in the 1979 Oscar-winning movie The Tin Drum.


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