French singer and songwriter, Charles Aznavour. Earlier today, a spokesman has confirmed that the star died at one of his homes in the south east of France. Still performing to packed stadiums well into his 90s, Charles Aznavour was due to take on a seven-date tour across France and Switzerland, starting in November this year. He had recently returned from a tour in Japan, having been forced to cancel concerts this summer due to a broken arm.
Charles Aznavour was born to Armenian immigrants. During his 80 year career, he recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages and performed in 94 countries. He sang for presidents, popes and royal families and at a number of humanitarian events. Once dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, Charles Aznavour wrote his own songs, sometimes about taboo subjects about marriage, homosexuality and male expression of emotions. He was best known for his 1974 hit ‘She’.
(Charles Aznavour pictured with Caterina Valente, 1961)
He was also a successful actor and played the lead in the 1960 film ‘Shoot the Piano Player.’ He also appeared in the Oscar-winning ‘The Tin Drum’, playing a kindly Jewish toy seller. Charles Aznavour was 94.
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