Charles Aznavour returning to Congress Center

The 93-year-old French singing star is on an encore tour, following his long farewell

Rumors that French-Armenian singer, actor and musician Charles Aznavour was retiring were premature. Even though he had a farewell tour including a stop in Prague in 2016, he is back on the road.

The now 93-year-old singer will play Prague’s Congress Center on March 16 as part of his “encore une fois” tour, meaning one more time. The show is part of the Jazz Meets World festival.

While hugely popular in France, he is perhaps best-known worldwide for his playing the lead role in the 1962 film Shoot the Piano Player by François Truffaut. The film had mixed reviews at the time of its release but is now regarded as one of the essential efforts of the French New Wave.

He has been in numerous other films, recently as one of the voices in the French version of the animated film Up.

As a singer, Aznavour has been called France’s Frank Sinatra, and in 1988 was named in a CNN and Time Online global poll as the entertainer of the century, beating Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.

In August 2017 he finally got the 2,618th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His hits include “She,” “Hier Encore” (Yesterday When I Was Young), “Apres l‘Amour” (After Love) and “La Boheme.”

Artists who have recorded his songs and collaborated with him include Édith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Bing Crosby, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, Serge Gainsbourg, Petula Clark, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, José Carreras and Julio Iglesias.

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He is also regarded as the most famous Armenian due to his ancestry and has served as Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland and Armenia's permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva,

He has been performing since he was nine years old when he dropped out of school.

He sings in eight languages and over his 80 years of performing has written more than 1,000 songs. His dozens of albums have sold 100 million copies.

This will be Aznavour’s second time in Prague. He was in Czechoslovakia in 1978 for a concert in Bratislava. A concert scheduled in Prague in 1969 was canceled due to the death of Jan Palach.

Aznavour’s parents left Armenia due to the Armenian genocide in 1915. His father, Michael Aznavourian, sang in restaurants before opening his own restaurant. Charles was born as Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourianin Paris in May 1924. He later shortened the name for professional reasons.

Aznavour got his big break in 1946 when Edith Piaf heard him sing and took him on tour with her across France and to the US. He also opened for her at the famous Paris club Moulin Rouge.
Piaf gave Aznavour some career tips and voice coaching, helping him to develop his distinctive style.
He is also known for his humanitarian work. He as active in relief efforts after the 1988 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in Armenia. He was granted Armenian citizenship in 2008.

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