Cabaret Through Time Fridays at McElrath Cabaret–Charles Aznavour–Join Us!

 

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Fridays are the day when we at the McElrath Cabaret Blog present blog posts in our Cabaret Through Time series. We present historical cabaret singers, entertainers, venues, writers, and musicians, and often include cabaret videos. We hope that you find them informative!

 

Charles Aznavour–Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Public Activist, Diplomat

 

French and Armenian singer Charles Aznavour is well known for both his unique singing voice, his presentation of his songs, the songs he has written, the films in which he has acted, and for his humanitarian work on behalf of the country or Armenia.  Born in 1924, Mr. Aznavour has, according to Wikipedia, written songs in four languages, has appeared in over 60 films and has sold over 100 million records.

 

 

 

Photo of Charles Aznavour at the Cannes Film Festival, 1999.

Source:  Georges Biard [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

You can find more information about Charles Aznavour at his official website, which discusses his most recent singing tour.  He has an entry on Wikipedia, a Facebook Fan page, and a mini biography included in his entry at IMDB.  There are also several You Tube videos available of Mr. Aznavour singing.

 

He wrote songs for Edith Piaf, and Liza Minnelli has performed several of his works in her shows.  According to Wikipedia, “In 2009 he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva.[8] He started his new Aznavour en Toute Intimité tour in 2011.”

In 1941, according to IMDB, “A popular performer at the Paris’ Club de la Chanson, it was there that he was introduced in 1941 to the songwriter Pierre Roche. Together they developed names for themselves as a singing/writing cabaret and concert duo (“Roche and Aznamour”). A Parisian favorite, they became developed successful tours outside of France, including Canada.”

 

 

 

 

Charles Aznavour in concert, Normandie, France, 1988.

Source:  By Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

According to IMDB, Mr. Aznavour  had the “chart-busting single “She” (1972-1974) {that] went platinum in Britain. He also received thirty-seven gold albums in all. His most popular song in America, “Yesterday When I Was Young” has had renditions covered by everyone from Shirley Bassey to Julio Iglesias.”

 

Here is Charles Aznavour singing “Our Love, My Love”:

 

And “It Will Be My Day”–just lovely!:

 

 

Which Charles Aznavour songs do you like the most and why?  Have you seen any of his film work?  Let us know in the comments below–we love to hear from you!

 

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Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:

Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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