Meeting the legend - Charles Aznavour
21. June 2018, 11:12 | Gevorg Avetisyan met with the world-famous singer his fellow countryman Charles Aznavour in Prague. During a warm conversation the two native Armenians spoke about their mission of spreading the good reputation of Armenia all over the world. Charles Aznavour wished Gevorg Avetisyan and his son Nshan all the best in the forthcoming years of their business, and stated that he was very proud of his successful fellow countrymen.
He was born as a son of Armenian immigrants Michael and Knar Aznavourian, who settled down in Paris about one year before his birth. His father ran a restaurant and mother was a cabaret and bar singer. As a young boy, Charles started to prepare for his career of an actor and singer in various theatre and ballet courses. He shared the first phase of his career with actor and pianist Pierre Roche. He worked intensively for Edith Piaf, for whom he wrote lyrics and entire songs. In 1945 Piaf helped him to launch his first tour in the US and Canada. In 1950 Charles became an independent artist, first as a songwriter and composer writing for other more famous singers and chansonniers.
After the devastating earthquake hit “his” Armenia in 1988, Aznavour founded a charity named Aznavour for Armenia, which raised money for the reconstruction of the region destroyed by the disaster. Together with his brother in-law and co-author Georges Garvarentz he wrote the song "Pour toi Arménie", which topped the charts for eighteen weeks. The gains from the sales of this record went to Armenia. There is a square named after him in the Armenian capital Yerevan. In 1995, Charles Aznavour had been appointed the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO. Aznavour is a member of the Armenia Fund International Board of Trustees. The organization has rendered more than $150 million in humanitarian aid and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia since 1992. He was appointed as "Officier" (Officer) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997.
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. After the passing of Frank Sinatra, Charles Aznavour is considered to be the last of the “Great”.