New series. 1/4. Petula Clark celebrates perhaps the most famous of all French entertainers, Charles Aznavour, who, like Clark, has recorded more than 800 tracks, and in many languages. A former protege of Edith Piaf, Aznavour is credited with reinventing the chanson form with lyrics of despair and realism. His appeal has been global, with sales of 100 million discs, including 1974's UK number one She. He also wrote Hier Encore (Roy Clark's 1969 hit Yesterday When I Was Young). Features new interviews with Aznavour, Nana Mouskouri, Fred Melia (ex-Compagnons de la
Chanson), French-to-English lyricists Herbert Kretzmer (She), Dee Shipman and Marcel Stellman, and likewise Armenian-born Atom Egoyan, who directed Aznavour in Ararat (2002).
Producers Laura Metcalfe and Jo Wheeler
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