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    Charles Aznavour

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    Charles Aznavour (Varenag Aznaurian) – a classic of world pop, a distinguished French singer and public figure – was born at Paris in 1924. His real last name is Aznavourian. His parents were Armenian immigrants, who moved to France after the Armenian Genocide in 1915. They intended to move from there to America, but the U.S. denied them a visa and, thus, Charles Aznavour became a citizen of France.

    The first artistic successes of Aznavour were the roles of children in the theatre and the songs he wrote at the age of 20 for Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier. They say, Aznavour decided to become a singer, when he was 9 years old,  after he heard one of the songs of Maurice Chevalier.

    He entered the musical Parnassus in the 40s in duet with a young and very talented composer Pierre Roche. The great French diva Edith Piaf noticed them and asked Aznavour to write songs for her, and took both of them with her to the tour in France and America. Acquaintance to Edith Piaf was the main stimulus in the professional life of Aznavour. He learned from her all you can learn about the art of cabaret singer. On her insistence, Aznavour left Roche and, in addition to writing songs, began his stunning career as a singer – soloist.

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