Legendary musical icon Charles Aznavour, widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest living entertainers, has announced his return to the U.S. with a slate of special live performances with a stop at the Hollywood Pantages on Friday, October 28. Over the course of his unprecedented eight-decade career, Aznavour has performed countless shows across the globe, while writing and recording over 1,200 songs in eight languages, and selling more than 180 million records worldwide. In 1998, he was named “Entertainer of the Century” by CNN and Time online. Tickets for “An Evening with Charles Aznavour” go on sale later this month. For more up-to-date information, visit www.CharlesAznavour.com.
Known as “French Frank Sinatra” and his country’s most famous crooner, Aznavour ranks as one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time and master of the chanson. Performing on stage since his early childhood, Aznavour’s big break came in 1946 following his discovery by one of France’s greatest international stars, Edith Piaf. From 1947 through 1948, at her request, Aznavour joined Piaf her on a tour of France and the United States, giving him his first exposure outside their home country and helping develop his career. Aznavour would later reside in Quebec, Canada, writing many of the songs that would later become part of his signature songbook known throughout the world, including several for Piaf.
Renowned for some of his most famous hits, including “La Boheme,” "Yesterday, When I Was Young," and classics like "La Mamma" and "What Makes a Man," Aznavour is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the MIDEM Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the 1988 Armenian earthquake, Aznavour has been helping the country through his charity, Aznavour for Armenia. In 1995, Aznavour was appointed an Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO, and is a member of the Armenia Fund International Board of Trustees, an organization that has rendered more than $150 million in humanitarian aid and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia since 1992. Through his humanitarian efforts, Aznavour has been appointed as "Officier" (Officer) of the Légion d'honneur, received the title of National Hero of Armenia (Armenia's highest award), and a presidential decree for granting citizenship for the Republic of Armenia. The Charles Aznavour Museum opened in Yerevan, Armenia in 2011.
Among numerous additional honors, Aznavour has been awarded an Order of the Crown (Belgium), an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal, the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada, and an honorary order from Russia "for contributing to strengthening cultural relations between Russia and France.”
A singer, songwriter, entertainer, actor, author, and humanitarian, Aznavour has performed for presidents, popes, and royalty, along with some of the most famous entertainers of all time, including Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Youssou N’Dour and Bob Dylan.
- Friday, Oct 28 Hollywood Pantages