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Charles Aznavour to play Tel Aviv in Nov.

89-year-old French-Armenian legend received an Israeli award in 2011 but has never previously performed in the country

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Charles Aznavour at a 1997 concert in Paris (screen capture: YouTube)
Charles Aznavour at a 1997 concert in Paris (screen capture: YouTube)

Veteran French singer Charles Aznavour will perform in Israel for the first time in November — the latest, and oldest, in a list of “golden oldies” to play here.

The French singing legend, named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998, will give a single concert at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 23. Tickets will run from NIS 280 to NIS 2,000 ($80-550).

Aznavour, 89, was born in Paris to Armenian immigrants. Over his 70-year career he composed some 1,000 songs including the hits “La Boheme” and “She,” selling over 100 million records.

Aznavour also appeared in 60 films including Sky Riders (1976) and Ararat (2002).

A long-time political activist, in 2009 Aznavour was appointed Armenia’s ambassador to Switzerland and the country’s permanent delegate to the UN institutions in Geneva.

In 2011 he was honored by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which bestowed him with the Scopus Prize for his contribution to civilization and his fight for the Armenian people.

Aznavour used the event to call on Israel to recognize the Armenian genocide.

The French singer follows a chain of veteran vocalist to perform in Israel recently, including Burt Bacharach (85), Barbra Streisand (71), Cliff Richard (72), Neil Sedaka (74), Paul Anka (72), Eric Burdon of the Animals (72) and Bob Dylan (72). Tom Jones (73) is due on October 26.

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