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Rosy Armen

Rosy Armen (Armenian: Ռոզի Արմեն) is a French singer of Armenian descent. She is a multilingual singer, with most songs in French and Armenian, but also in English, German, Spanish and Italian. Rosy Hovannisian Armen was born in Paris, France on May 1 to Khurshut Hovannisian from Nakhitchevan and to Nvart Alozian from a suburb of Ankara, who met after having immigrated to France in the 1920s. Rosy has been singing since the age of 4. She led the youth orchestra of her school until she eventually started singing solo songs. Despite her parents disapproval of a career in singing, Rosy Hovannisian, later Rosy Bedrossian, continued on with her passion and eventually took the stage name Rosy Armen. She became famous not only in France, but also all over Europe, the Soviet Union, United States and the Middle East where there were many Armenian communities and through her participation in Persia's Persepolis festivities. In 1970, she took part in the selection rounds for representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. She sang the song "Gwendolyne". Julio Iglesias who was singing the same song during the competition went on to represent Spain with the song. Her repertoire includes music from Aram Khachaturian, Michel Legrand, Boris Pasternak and Yevgeny Yevtushenko who gave her poems to sing. She also partnered with Julio Iglesias. At the height of her career, French television covered her concerts abroad through the efforts of Michel Lancelot et Roger Benamou. In France, she gave concerts in best music theaters including Olympia in Paris. She also sang at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Los Angeles Music Center, at Place des Arts theater in Montreal, and Luzhniki Palace of Sports in Moscow. After the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, Charles Aznavour invited her to record alongside him and other singers the song "Pour Toi, Arménie", a song that remained in 1st place for 10 weeks in a row in the French Top 50. In 1990, she did a tour in Armenia in order to help the people recovering from the earthquake and to show France's support to Armenians. Already popular in the Armenian diaspora for many decades, she has become very popular in Armenia as well.

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