A Photograph, A Story: "Charles Aznavour in 1959"

Charles Aznavour in 1959
"Charles Aznavour, Nicole Berger and Elga Andersen at the Cannes Film Festival on May 8, 1959" Bridgeman Images

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 This 1959 photograph shows singer Charles Aznavour with Nicole Berger and Elga Andersen at the Cannes Film Festival on May 8, 1959.

A difficult career start in the 1950s



 In the 1950s, Charles Aznavour tried to break into the world of French song. He meets Edith Piaf during a radio show in Paris. Edith believes in him and predicts for him a bright future. Charles writes several texts, serves as secretary, driver and handyman. She takes him under his wing and advises him to separate from his partner at the time, Pierre Roche: "When you make a career, you do it alone, like a man! But also to have the nose redone which was regularly a subject of discussion. Following the advice of music publisher Lou Levy, Charles Aznavour was operated a few days later.

A passage through the world of cinema to access that of music



 In 1959 the singer, before any actor, turns in 4 films: "The island of the end of the world" of E. Gréville, "Why do you come so late? From H. Decoin, G.Franju's "Tête contre les murs" and J-P Mocky's "Les Dragueurs", a film in which he plays his first musical sequences. There he met with great success: having so far failed to break through as a singer, he decided to use the cinema to enrich his singing tricks. Aznavour is now popular, especially among young women. He therefore uses his charm combined with his acting skills during his performances.

In 1960, Charles Aznavour made a name for himself in Paris by playing the failed artist of "Je m'voyais déjà", a piece previously rejected by Yves Montand. He then chained the tubes. His songs often speak of love and time passing. It is easy to recognize it. He later wrote two of their greatest hits to Johnny Hallyday "Hold the night" in 1961 and Sylvie Vartan "The most beautiful to go dancing" in 1963. In the middle of the yéyé period, Charles Aznavour is the idol of a new generation, often resulting from immigration. We speak of him as a "forerunner in musical miscegenation".

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