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Aznavour Honored

By Kevork Keushkerian

Thursday, October 27, 2016 was a memorable day for the Armenian community in Southern California, as legendary singer Charles Aznavour was honored in a private ceremony at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

David Green, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Nederlander Organization welcomed the guests and introduced State Senator Kevin de Leon to do the honors.

Senator De Leon, in honor of Charles Aznavour’s return to the U.S. and his upcoming performance at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on October 28, presented him with an honorary Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Plaque, recognizing his contributions to the Arts and the Armenian Community.

Senator De Leon characterized Aznavour as a musical icon and a great humanitarian who, over the course of eight-decades, has performed countless shows across the globe, while writing and recording over 1,200 songs in eight languages, and selling more than 1,800 records worldwide.

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In 1988, Aznavour was named “Entertainer of the Century by CNN and Time online. Known as “French Frank Sinatra” and his country’s most famous crooner, Aznavour ranks as one of the greatest singers of all time and as a master of the chanson.

After gratefully accepting the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Plaque, Aznavour said he was both honored and humbled. Speaking in his native language of French, he graciously answered a barrage of questions put forward by members of the news media, who had flanked him from all sides, hardly giving him room to breathe.

This memorable event was put forward by Baydzar Tovmassyan, State Senator De Leon’s Field Representative. Senator De Leon represents District 24, including Hollywood and Little Armenia, and he has been the Senate President since 2014.

The ceremony was attended by many high profile figures of the Armenian American community, including Very Reverend Father Pakrad Dz. V. Berjikian, Diocese Vicar General, Reverend Father Vicken Vasilian, pastor of St. Garabed Church in Hollywood and a representative from the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia.

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