Micha and Knar Aznavour, immigrants of Armenia, gave birth to Charles in Paris on May 22, 1924. Before becoming one of the most famous French singers in the world, he started to study in a show business school. Then he sang in a duet with Pierre Roche: in 1946, helped by Charles Trenet, they sang in the USA and Canada. Pierre stayed in the USA while Charles was back in France. It was time for his wedding and for composition writing for Mistinguett, Patachou, Juliette Gréco or Edith Piaf. He sang solo.
His triumph came in the 1957 with a world tour and a new career in cinema. His songs are sung by the biggest artists: Ray Charles recorded « La Mamma » and Bing Crosby « Hier encore ». Charles was traumatized in 1988 after an earthquake killed 50,000 people in Armenia. He created an association and recorded a song « Pour toi Arménie » that sold a million copies. Then he prepared a recital with Liza Minnelli in Palais des Congrès.
His world tour in 1998 was cover story for both Time and Billboard Magazine, because he sang one month at the Marquis Theater of Broadway that October. In 2004, he had a party for his 60th singer career anniversary and released a new record « Insolitement vôtre ».