George Tutunjian

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George Tutunjian (Armenian: Ճորճ (Գեւորգ) Թութունճեան, Geworg T’ut’unč̣ean) (born c. 1930 in Aleppo, Syria – died November 7, 2006 in Montreal, Canada) was a singer of Armenian patriotic and revolutionary songs and lifelong supporter of Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF). The Western Region Central Committee of the ARF honoured him with a medal for his contribution for playing an important role in the spreading of Armenian songs.[1]

Tutunjian's parents[who?] were well-known singers. George Tutunjian started singing at the age of 22. Later on, Tutunjian used to perform with his four sons who were musically inclined. His oldest son played the piano, another son, the guitar, a third joined in vocals. He built a reception hall now owned and run by his three sons. He sang on Armenian stages for over 50 years and was an inspiration for many other Armenian singers such as Karnig Sarkissian, Harout Pamboukjian, and Nersik Ispiryan. Having been a pioneer in this genre, he helped accelerated the careers of such singers, with Karnig, being a protégé of George.

Tutunjian's fame was truly worldwide and his songs were spread throughout the Armenian diaspora and clandestinely on Soviet Armenia during Communist rule. He eventually settled in Montreal, Canada, where he died at the age of 76.

Discography[edit]

(Selective)

  • 1978: Heghapokhagan Yerker
  • 2002: 60th Anniversary (4-CD set)
  • 2004: Im Gdage – Abril 24
  • 2005: George and Karnig – Live in Concert (2-CD set)

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