Charles Aznavour, “France’s Frank Sinatra,” Dies at 94

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Charles Aznavour

He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Charles Aznavour, the singer and actor whose gestures and expressions conveyed the romance of Paris to worldwide audiences, has died at the age of 94.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he died at his home in Alpilles.

An actor-turned-singer, he epitomized the French chansonnier and became known as France’s answer to Frank Sinatra. His songs were half-sung, half-spoken acclamations of love. A popular-song stylistic, Aznavour was a charismatic stage presence, despite his 5-foot 3-inch height and pedestrian appearance. He headlined at such Parisian venues as the Olympia and was very popular with international audiences.

In 2005, he was chosen as Entertainer of the Century in an online poll conducted by Timemagazine, topping such superstars as Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

In a career that spanned roughly six decades, Aznavour wrote more than 1,000 songs and sold more than 100 million records. He often wrote songs that were considered immoral. Until 1960, 60 percent of his songs were banned from French radio. He also wrote music with political or social themes, which he dubbed his “faits de societe” songs.


Published on October 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm by Turn Table3


October 2, 2018 - 9:46 am


Absolute respect, and warmest condolences.

Well played, Monsieur Aznavour. Au revoir …

October 2, 2018 - 11:59 pm

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CBC carried a wonderful repeat of a 1974 Michael Enright interview with this son of Armenian immigrants.

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