After Aretha Franklin we have to say goodbye to another legend. The French singer, of Armenian descent, Charles Aznavour, said goodbye to us yesterday at the age of 94. He left us a legacy of culture and music history.
Having grown up between French-speaking grandparents, French chansons were my daily routine. As a child I was presented with the nursery rhymes of Karine et Rebecca and when I was a little older I was immersed in music by Jo Lemaire, Joe Dassin and, of course, Charles Aznavour. It goes without saying that a legend like him has left his mark on my taste in music. I still remember how I stood on my grandfather's feet and he danced with me on La Bohème. The seats and coffee table pushed aside. What fun, carefree times!
Charles Aznavour, also known as the French Frank Sinatra. He grew up in Paris and was introduced early in the artistic world of theater by his father. It was ultimately Edith Piaf who made Charles a major breakthrough. She heard him sing and then decided to take him on a tour of France and the US. A piece of history for which we are very grateful to Edith Piaf. Aznavour was seen as one of the greatest singers in France. He wrote more than 1400 songs, which were also performed by others.
Well-known songs from Aznavour areShe, For me formidable, La mamma, Hier encore and La Bohème. At the age of 93 he received a star on theWalk of Fame in Hollywood. At the unveiling of that, he said: "I am French and Armenian, the two are connected as coffee and milk. It is fantastic to carry two cultures."
Looking at Charles' agenda, he wasn't about to breathe out. Until June next year, Aznavour had various concerts on the agenda. He would perform in Dijon, Strasbourg and Kiev, but also in our country in Vorst Nationaal on October 26. Unfortunately, his old age stopped that. Yesterday evening the music of Aznavour sounded again around the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower itself was specially lit as a tribute to
Charles Aznavour, thanks for the beautiful moments during my childhood, thanks for that wonderful piece of music history that you give us