Piers Morgan pays tribute as She singer Charles Aznavour dies aged 94

It was after the Second World War that Piaf took notice of the duo and took them with her on a tour of the United States and Canada, with Aznavour composing some of her most popular hits.

The songwriter, who had just returned from a concert tour of Japan last month, died in his home in Alpilles in southeastern France.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement: "Profoundly French, viscerally attached to his Armenian roots, famous in the entire world, Charles Aznavour accompanied the joys and sorrows of three generations".

He recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages throughout his long-running career. In 2017, Azvanour was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "My voice, my size, my gestures, my lack of culture and education, my honesty, or my lack of personality", the 5-foot-3-inch tall performer wrote in his autobiography.

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French chanson singer Charles Aznavour celebrated his 90th birthday with a concert in Berlin in 2014. Serge Gainsbourg, for instance, one of the most sophisticated songwriters of his era, remains best known here for the heavy breathing on that notorious Sixties hit Je t'aime. moi non plus.

Aznavour was born in Paris to Armenian parents and began his singing career in occupied Paris as part of cabaret performances. His singer father - whose own father was a chef to Russian Czar Nicholas II - and actress mother exposed him to the performing arts early on, and he acted in his first play when he was 9.

"I always go forwards", he said. But he was also an actor, appearing in some 80 films, notably as the title character of Francois Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste ("Shoot the Piano Player", 1960), in which he played a café-bar entertainer caught up.

Aznavour married three times and had six children. Aznavour received the insignia of Officer of the Order of Canada.

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