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French Music: Charles Aznavour

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Aznavour, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100m records in 80 countries and had about 1,400 songs to his name, including 1,300 he wrote himself. He was sometimes described as the French Sinatra because of his stirring, melancholic style.


In October last year, SBS French had the pleasure to put some questions to Monsieur Charles Aznavour on his planned trip to Australia. The concert didn't eventuate, but we have this interview from our archives on his life and his fond memories of Australia.



Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all.

Charles Aznavour Foundation