There is one less star to light the Parisian sky tonight and one less song to fill the air … Charles Aznavour, singer, actor, songwriter and French legend, passed away on Monday at the age of 94.
The evening Paris learned of his death, the Eiffel tower was lit in gold in his honor. And Friday has been declared a national day of mourning. A ceremony to honor him will be held in the courtyard of Les Invalides, and French President Emmanuel Macron will be among the speakers.
Aznavour was beloved not only in France, but throughout the world. Sometimes called the Frank Sinatra of France, he began his career writing songs for Edith Piaf and ended it having written more than 1000 songs and sold nearly 200 million records.
Aznanour was, as he sang “… formidable”, and his music often probed taboo subjects such as marriage, homosexuality and male expression of emotions. Perhaps the best way to remember and honor this “formidable” musical icon, is to pause and listen again to his music:
La Bohème … Non, Je N’Ai Rien Oublié (No, I Could Never Forget) … What Makes a Man … She … For me …Formidable
But the one I particularly love is Yesterday, When I Was Young which you can link to right here (I hope !)