Aznavour died in his home in Provence in France on Monday. He recently came home from a tour in Japan. The popular singer with the nickname “The French Sinatra” leaves behind a 70-year career with over 1,200 songs and staggering 180 million sold records.
He got his breakthrough in Paris in the 50’s and became even bigger after having been on tour with Edith Piaf in France and the USA.
Although Aznavour was born in Paris and is one of France’s most popular celebrity artists, he was nominated for the national hero of Armenia in 2004. In 2009 he was also appointed ambassador to Armenia in Switzerland.
During his career, he collaborated with a number of well-known artists, including Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Tom Jones and Ray Charles. In 1994 he performed at Plácido Domingo’s annual Christmas concert in Vienna together with Sissel Kyrkjebø.
In 1998, Aznavour was named the century’s greatest artist and entertainer in a performance by CNN and Time Online, and thanked big names like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Charlie Chaplin.
Aznavour was of Armenian origin and was made in 2004 to the national hero of Armenia. In the center of the capital Yerevan is Charles Aznavour square, a fountain and fountain square that performs songs of the famous singer every night.