He was born in Paris, France to Armenian parents, who introduced him to the theatre at an early age. He sang and recorded songs in 6 languages. His recording of "She" was a #1 hit in the UK during 1974.
Two of the many songs written or co-written by Aznavour were performed on The Muppet Show. In episode 109, he sang "The Old Fashioned Way" with Mildred Huxtetter. "Yesterday When I Was Young" ("Hier Encore" in French) was performed on episode 303.