Charles Aznavour’s press officers announced that the singer had died at the age of 94 on 1 October. Pillar of the French song, he returned from a tour in Japan and was announced in Brussels on October 26th.
Born May 22, 1924 in Paris, Charles Aznavour died on October 1, at his home in the Alpilles, in the south of France, according to information entrusted to AFP by his press officers.
The best-known French singer abroad was returning from a tour in Japan, having been forced to cancel concerts this summer due to a broken arm after a fall.
It was announced in Brussels on October 26 and was scheduled to perform again in November and December at the Musical Seine, near Paris, then in a mini-tour in France.
More than 70 years career, 40 years of success, more than 1,400 songs including the famous La Bohème , For Me, For Me, great , Take me away or I already saw myself; Charles Aznavour has established himself as a legend of the French song. He has also made a film career. In about 80 films, he toured with François Truffaut ( Shoot the Pianist ), Volker Schlondorff ( The Tin Drum ) or Claude Chabrol ( The Hatter’s Ghosts ).
Aznavour began the song duo with Pierre Roche in the early 1940s. In 1946, he met Charles Trenet and Edith Piaf, who called him “con genius” and forced him to redo the nose. He writes for others ( More blue than the blue of your eyes for Piaf, I hate the Sundays , refused by Piaf but adopted by Juliette Greco) but has no success as an interpreter and sees itself decked with the unflattering sobriquet of “Hoarded to gold”.
On stage, he impressed by his vitality intact and made only a few concessions to age: a teleprompter to overcome the blackouts, an armchair for tiredness, on which he rested more often in September for these last performances at Japan after fracturing an arm this summer.
In one of his songs, J’abdiquerai , Aznavour evoked death while ironically amusing himself as a monument to the song: “If I still have a beautiful show to do, a beautiful burial would flatter my ego. “