Carole King sings two duets with legendary French singer Charles Aznavour on his new 2-disc album Duos, to be released in North America on December 9, 2008. On the French-language first disc, Carole and Charles sing “Ton Nom,” which, according to my extensive high school French classes, means “Your Name”. On the English-language second disc, Carole and Charles sing “The Sound of Your Name”, the English-language version of “Ton Nom”, which was written by Charles.
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featuring French and English duets with some of the world’s biggest names
to be released in North America on December 9, 2008
Charles Aznavour will again be in the spotlight with the release of his new album Duos.
Duos is a collection of some of his greatest songs recorded as French and English duets with some of the biggest international stars, including Paul Anka, Céline Dion, Josh Groban, Sting, Elton John, Placido Domingo, Nana Mouskouri, Carole King, Bryan Ferry, Edith Piaf, Dean Martin, Herbert Grönemeyer, Johnny Hallyday, Liza Minnelli, Laura Pausini, Frank Sinatra and Julio Iglesias. In addition, a musical comedy based on his songs entitled “Je m’Voyais Déjà” (I Could Already See Myself) opened this month in Paris.
Earlier this year, Charles Aznavour was awarded with the prestigious Order of Canada and will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at MIDEM on January 19, 2009 in recognition of his outstanding career.
“Charles Aznavour is without doubt the most famous French singer throughout the world, and he is a living legend in the pantheon of chanson française. His songs have become standards covered by some of the greatest artists of successive generations, and the films in which he has starred are classics. It is a pleasure for MIDEM to be able to honour this incomparable personality,” said Paul Zilk, Chief Executive Officer of Reed MIDEM.
Aznavour has written more than 800 songs, many of which have been interpreted by the world’s greatest artists (Fred Astaire, Shirley Bassey, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Junior, Juliette Gréco, Liza Minnelli, Edith Piaf and Nina Simone to name but a few).
He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, including over a million in Canada. His career as an actor, which he began in the theatre at the age of nine, includes more than 60 films, including “The Tin Drum,” winner of the Palme d’Or at the Festival de Cannes in 1979. His last studio album “Colore ma Vie” was released in 2007 by EMI.
In 1988, following the terrible earthquake in Armenia, Aznavour started to use his international fame to help the land of his forebears by founding the humanitarian foundation “Aznavour pour l’Arménie” (Aznavour for Armenia) with Lévon Sayan.
In 1993, the President of Armenia appointed him Ambassador-at-Large and Ambassador to Unesco.
In 1998, Charles Aznavour was voted Entertainer of the Century – ahead of Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan – in an online poll conducted by CNN and Time Magazine USA. Aznavour was named “Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur” (Commander of the Légion d’Honneur) and “Commandeur dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” (Commander in the National Order of Merit) by President Jacques Chirac.
At 84, the lyricist and/or composer of such classics as “La Bohème,” “Je m’Voyais Déjà,” “Hier encore,” “La Mamma” continues to write new songs and to appear on some of the most prestigious international stages.
Charles Aznavour is the dazzling symbol of universal artistic talent coupled with unbounded energy.
TOI ET MOI Charles Aznavour / Céline Dion
QUE C’EST TRISTE VENISE Charles Aznavour / Julio Iglesias
LES BATEAUX SONT PARTIS Charles Aznavour /Placido Domingo
PARIS AU MOIS D’AOUT Charles Aznavour / Laura Pausini
HIER ENCORE Charles Aznavour/ Elton John
IL FAUT SAVOIR Charles Aznavour / Johnny Hallyday
MOURIR D’AIMER Charles Aznavour / Nana Mouskouri
L’AMOUR C’EST COMME UN JOUR Charles Aznavour / Sting
LA BOHÈME Charles Aznavour / Josh Groban
TON NOM Charles Aznavour /Carole King
JE N’AI PAS VU LE TEMPS PASSER Charles Aznavour / Paul Anka
MES EMMERDES Charles Aznavour / Herbert Groenemeyer
C’EST UN GARS Charles Aznavour / Edith Piaf
YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG Charles Aznavour/ Elton John
QUIET LOVE Charles Aznavour/ Liza Minnelli
LOVE IS NEW EVERYDAY Charles Aznavour/ Sting
YOUNG AT HEART Charles Aznavour/ Franck Sinatra
TO DIE OF LOVE Charles Aznavour/ Nana Mouskouri
SHE Charles Aznavour/ Bryan Ferry
I DIDN’T SEE THE TIME GO BY Charles Aznavour / Paul Anka
YOU AND ME Charles Aznavour/ Céline Dion
LA BOHEME Charles Aznavour/ Josh Groban
THE SOUND OF YOUR NAME Charles Aznavour/ Carole King
YOU’VE GOT TO LEARN Charles Aznavour/ Johnny Hallyday
PARIGI IN AGOSTO Charles Aznavour / Laura Pausini
EL BARCO YA SE FUE Charles Aznavour/ Placido Domingo
ALS ES MIR BESCHISSEN GING Charles Aznavour /Herbert Groenemeyer
EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME Charles Aznavour/ Dean Martin