C’est la voix du sang qui parle

One quality, the finest.

French-Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, and diplomat Charles Aznavour was born on May 22, 1924. He was born in Paris to Armenian and Turkish parents and his real name is Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian. His father owned an Armenian restaurant and club and Charles dropped out of school at age 9 intending to make show business his life. When Edith Piaf heard him sing in 1946 and adopted him like a new puppy, his career was set.

Aznavour’s voice bridges the range between tenor and baritone. He has sold over 100 million records and composed over 1,000 songs – in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and German. His beautiful melody “She” was an enormous English language hit. I always figure someone’s made it really big when he or she is invited to sing with puppets; here’s Aznavour singing “Dance in the Old-fashioned Way” on the Muppet Show. My favorite…

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