There were and are many Armenian singers, musicians, writers, poets, politicians, public figures who possess worldwide popularity. Most of them have contributed a lot to not only Armenia, its nation and culture but also those of the world. And if we try to give the list of those legends it would be endless.
One of the most legendary musicians in the world who have Armenian roots, however, it undoubtedly Charles Aznavour. He was born in 1924 in Paris, France. His birth name was Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, apparently an Armenian surname as he was the son of Armenian immigrants Michael Aznavouryan & Knar Baghdasaryan.
Charles Aznavour is an author to more than 800 songs in 8 various languages, he also was an actor and appeared in over 80 movies. But most importantly, he was a great person who never forgot his roots and always stood by the side of the Armenian nation. One of the vivid examples was his willingness to help the Armenia nation after the earthquake in Gyumri in 1988. The earthquake exacerbated the town and reduced the number of population. When Aznavour was informed about this he created the Aznavour and Armenia Aid Fund to help Gyumri. His statue is situated in the Armenia’s second largest town, Gyumri, as a remembrance to how he contributed to the “renaissance” of the city.
Charles Aznavour was indeed one of the most prominent Armenians and even after his death in 2018, he and his work aren’t forgotten. Aznavour’s name will always be stamped in the history as the Armenian legendary musician who had a huge influence on the world.
Made by Melanya Hovhannisyan