About Charles Aznavour
Singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour named French stars Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, and Maurice Chevalier as his earliest inspirations, along with Al Jolson and Argentine tango singer Carlos Gardel.
∙ Aznavour spent nearly eight years in Edith Piaf’s entourage, as both a songwriter and personal assistant.
∙ Among the more than 1,000 songs he wrote, “Hier encore” has been covered over 100 times.
∙ He starred in director François Truffaut’s French New Wave classic Shoot the Piano Player—a part Truffaut said he had written specifically for Aznavour.
∙ In 1998 he was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and again in 2005 by Time magazine.
∙ Elvis Costello recorded a cover of his hit 1974 song “She” for the film Notting Hill.
∙ In 2017, Aznavour and his sister, Aida, were awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Medal for their family’s heroism in hiding Jews and Armenians during the Nazi occupation of Paris.
BORNMay 22, 1924