Beloved Singer Who Beat out Elvis and Bob Dylan as 'Entertainer of the Century' Dies at 94

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October 01, 2018Oct 01, 2018

On Monday, October 1, the news was reported that world-famous French singer Charles Aznavour has passed away at the age of 94. Aznavour, "France's Frank Sinatra," had incredibly impressive record sales numbers and once beat out Elvis and Bob Dylan for coveted awards.

According to the Mirror, Aznavour was born in Paris to Armenian parents. In the 1940s and 1950s, the rising star began attempting to sell his music to legends such as Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, and Charles Trenet. At that time, the singer was performing in cabarets with Pierre Roche. 

Shortly after World War II, Edith Piaf took note of the duo. Eventually,  she asked them to join her on a tour to the United States and Canada while Aznavour was also composing some of her hit singles. 

Following the claim to fame of working alongside Piaf, Aznavour became a name for himself. In the 1960s, he was performing at famous venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as acting in various movies. 

The singer's most memorable single was his 1974 song "She." The song was covered by Elvis Costello in 1999. Reportedly, Aznavour sold over 100 million records spanning across 80 countries. Additionally, he once beat out Elvis and Bob Dyland in 1998  as the "Entertainer of the Century," as voted upon by CNN and Time Online readers. 

Sadly, Aznavour has passed away after a long and successful career. Below are some of the tributes regarding his death.

Please be praying for Aznavour's family during this time. Did you love his music? Let us know! In other recent news, please pray for the family of the rising star athlete who just died after a freak accident on the field.