Charles Aznavour, the Great Armenian was born on May22, 1924 in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, into the family of Mikael and Knar Aznavuryans.His name of birth is Shahnur Vaghinak Aznavuryan. His father was originally from the Erzurum province of Western Armenia, was born in Akhaltsikhe in 1897, mother was born in 1902 in Izmir and has seen the Genocide against Armenians.
During his music career, “The Best Pop Singer of the 20th Century” (Times Magazine) recorded about 1,200 songs in different languages. He has authored and co-authored more than 1000 works both for himself and other musicians.
Many famous singers have performed his songs. He acted in ‘‘Head against the Wall’’, ‘‘Shoot the Piano Player’’, ‘‘Satan and the Ten Commandments’’, ‘‘Ararat’’ and other films. He wrote 14 books, the latters were translated to dozens of languages.
He founded a charitable foundation after the Spitak Earthquake in 1988. He is a permanent ambassador of Armenia to UNESCO. He made a charity video with Henri Verneuil and 90 other French singers and actors for the song “For You, Armenia”. The video sold recordingly 2 million copies.
Later, as a gesture of gratitude for assistance to Armenia, he was awarded a diplomatic passport of the Republic of Armenia and appointed as UNESCO Permanent Ambassador. A statue of Aznavour is erected in Gyumri, one of the squares in Yerevan is named after him.
Aznavour left us in 2018. He was born on October 1, at the age of 94.