A bright light in the world was dimmed today 😔🙏🏼🙏🏼 #CharlesAznavour
, known as the “Voice of Paris”, died at age 94.
An Armenian, 🇦🇲 his parents were performing artists, baritone Misha Aznavourian and actress Knar Baghdassarian, who fled Armenia during the genocide.
They were in Paris, awaiting a visa to the U.S., when Aznavour was born as Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian.
He sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His biggest hit in English was 1974's "She," from the movie “Notting Hill”. He wrote over 1400 songs including songs for Edith Piaf.
Aznavour was discovered by Edith Piaf in 1946, and with his musical partner, pianist Pierre Roche, accompanied her on tour in France and the U.S.
He appeared as an actor in over 60 films including the 1979 film version of Günter Grass' novel The Tin Drum, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
He was given a Star ⭐️ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.
His ties to Armenia remained strong throughout his life: In 2009, Armenia made Aznavour its official ambassador to Switzerland.
RIP Charles (Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian) Aznavour 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼💙⭐️👑 #CharlesAznavour #ShahnourVarinagAznavourian #Armenian #NeverForget