Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Charles Aznavour and Enrico Macias have been singing in concerts worldwide since the 1960s. Aznavour, who has been called the French Frank Sinatra, was born in Paris to Armenian immigrants in 1924. And he's still singing. In 1998, he was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN. He was recognized as the century's outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. He has sung for presidents, popes, and royalty.
Macias, a native of French Algeria, has also performed around the world, primarily in Europe and the Middle East. Born to Jewish parents in 1938, he has not been allowed to return to Algeria because of his ongoing support for Israel.
In 1973, Aznavour and Macias performed a rousing version of Hava Nagila at a concert that was just posted to YouTube this week. Aznavour, who is not Jewish, and Macias, who is, take turns tweaking the song to bring out some elements that sound almost cantorial. We think you'll enjoy it.
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