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A French-Armenian expressionist extraordinaire
A French-Armenian expressionist extraordinaire

Arguably the best-known French singer of his generation and a national icon in Armenia, Charles Aznavour died Monday at age 94 at his home in Mouriès, in southern of France. Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian in Paris, to Armenian immigrants, his unmistakable tenor range and love songs quickly made him French popular music royalty. A staunch defender of Armenian rights, he was beloved in his parents' native land.

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Sometimes dubbed "France's Frank Sinatra," Aznavour's career spanned over eight decades, totaled some 1,200 songs (in eight languages), and sold more than 100 million albums. He also appeared in 80 movies.



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