Paul Baghdadlian

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Paul Baghdadlian
Փօլ Պաղտատլեան
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Background information
Birth name Krikor Baghdadlian
Also known as Paul Baghdadlian
Born (1953-07-10)July 10, 1953
Aleppo, Syria
Died July 28, 2011(2011-07-28) (aged 58)
Glendale, California, U.S
Genres Traditional, pop, patriotic, rebetiko, rabiz
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, musician, businessman
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970–2011
Website Paul Baghdadlian on Facebook

Paul Baghdadlian (Armenian Փոլ Բաղդադլյան , Western Armenian: Փօլ Պաղտատլեան) (July 10, 1953 – June 28, 2011) was often known simply as Paul, was a Syrian and American Armenian singer, songwriter, musician, entertainer, and businessman. He is referred to as the King of Love Songs. His music was loved by all Armenians particularly by the Armenian diaspora.[1]

Early life[edit]

Paul was born as Krikor Baghdadlian on July 10, 1953 in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian parents Baruyr Baghdadlian and Arousiag Baghdadlian. He had a brother named Aram Baghdadlian. He had great success in singing modern Armenian music after moving to Beirut, Lebanon. In 1965, at the age of 12 his mother died (his father eventually remarried and settled in Pasadena, CA). Struggling to live his daily life, he started performing to make his living.

Career[edit]

During the early 1970s, Paul Baghdadlian was known as Paul the Prince and was singing only English songs. After listening to fellow singer of the Armenian diaspora music Harout Pamboukjian, however, Paul Baghadadlian started to sing in Armenian, mostly performing love songs. Having achieved great success in Beirut and the Middle East in this new phase of his career, he moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1977 for an international career. In Los Angeles he produced hundreds of recordings, mostly ballads,[2] most of which he sang in Armenian, though he sang in a number of languages, most notably Arabic and English. He often toured the major centers of the Armenian diaspora and Armenia.

Death[edit]

Baghdadlian died on June 28, 2011 after a long battle with lung cancer. He died in Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was being hospitalized. The cause of death was ruled to be respiratory failure due to the cancer.[3][4] He left behind three children: sons Paul Baghdadlian Jr and Christopher Baghdadlian from his first wife Ani Baghdadlian, and a daughter, Verginie from his second wife Dzaghig Baghdadlian.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio releases:

  • 1976 Antzrev E Kalis (It's raining)
  • 1977 Siroum Em Kez (I love you)
  • 1977 Mor Sere (Mothe's love)
  • 1978 Sbasoum Em Kez (Waiting for you) (double album)
  • 1979 The Last Tango
  • 1981 Sev Acher (Black eyes)
  • 1982 Zavgis (To my son)
  • 1983 Miayn Ints Siree (Love me)
  • 1985 Arants Kez (Without you)
  • 1987 Siretsi Yes Megin (I loved someone)
  • 1989 Happy Birthday
  • 1991 Naz Aghchig (Cute girl)
  • 1992 Sirem (I love)
  • 1993 Chkideyi Chkidem (Didn't know, don't know)
  • 1994 Garodi Harts E (Missing)
  • 1995 Gyanki Dzaghig (Flower of life)
  • 1998 Tou Im Ashkharn Es (You are my world)
  • 1999 Kez Pari Louys (Good day for you)
  • 2000 Gyankes... (My life)
  • 2001 Mortsir... (Forget)
  • 2004 Anoushigs (My beauty)
  • 2008 Oor es (Where are you)
  • Hokis Im (My soul) (unreleased)

Live concerts:

  • Paul In Concert: Sona Chan
  • 2001 Live in Damascus: Love songs
  • 2001 Live in Damascus: Azk Siretsek (Love our Nation)
  • Paul Live

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