The legendary French Armenian singer Charles Aznavour will perform a farewell concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 20, the Broadway World reports.
With a career spanning over 70 years, garnering over 100 million records sold, 1200 songs, 80 movies, and 294 albums, Charles Aznavour has recorded and performed in 7 languages, and is the longest standing “A list” star, still filling major venues all over the world including the O2 Arena in Berlin, Festhalle in Frankfurt, and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Besides numerous prizes and awards in 1986, he was inducted into the American Songwriters hall of Fame; and in 1998 Charles was named “Entertainer of the Century” by CNN/Time Online, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. Since 2009, he has been the Armenian Ambassador to Switzerland, and is a permanent delegate to the United Nations in Geneva.
Charles Aznavour’s songs have been recorded by many artists including Elton John, Edith Piaf, Celine Dion, Fred Astaire, Sting, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Laura Pausini, Placido Domingo, Sammy Davis Jr, Julio Iglesias, Nina Simone, Liza Minelli, Petula Clark, Andrea Boccelli, Josh Groban, Paul Anka, Serge Gainsbourg, Engelbert Humperdinck, Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, Andy Williams, Dusty Springfield, Marc Almond to name just a few.
Besides being a singer, songwriter and actor, a public activist and a diplomat, Charles founded the charity “Aznavour for Armenia” and has raised many millions of dollars for this cause.