Pour toi Arménie

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"Pour toi Arménie"
Single by Various French artists
Released February, 1989
Format 7" single
Recorded 1989
Label Trema-EMI
Writer(s) Charles Aznavour
Producer(s) Georges Garvarentz
Gérard Melet
Jacques Revaux
Certification Platinum France, 1989

"Pour toi Arménie" (English Translation: "For You, Armenia") is a 1989 song written and composed by Charles Aznavour, and recorded by a group of French singers (and also a few actors and TV presenters) who were popular at the time. This charity single was intended to raise funds to help the Armenians who experienced the 1988 Spitak earthquake. It sold more than 1 million copies under the Trema-EMI label.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

This song was entirely written and composed by Charles Aznavour and Georges Garvarentz which made a great tribute to the country of his ancestral origins and his relationship that he always have kept in his heart. After the earthquake in Armenia, he asked his singers, actors and TV presenters friends to sing with him "Pour toi Arménie", song devoted to help victims of this tragedy.[2]

At the same time, in the United Kingdom, the collective band named Rock Aid Armenia made a cover of "Smoke on the Water" also for the same charitable purpose.[2]

Vocalists[edit]

The artists that composed this group were :

All the names feature on the single's cover.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Pour toi Arménie" — 4:05
  2. "Ils sont tombés" — 4:06

Chart performances[edit]

Since it was launched, the single was a great success. It went straight to #1 on February 11, 1989 on the French SNEP Singles Chart (Top 50) and remained there for ten weeks. Then it kept on dropping and left the chart after 18 weeks of attendance.[3] The same year, the single was certified Platinum disc by the French certificator, the SNEP.

The song featured for a long time on the Guinness Book of Records because it was the first single to enter the French Singles Chart at #1.[4]

It was also the first appearance of Charles Aznavour on the Top 50.

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Eurochart Hot 100 23
French SNEP Singles Chart 1
Preceded by
"High" by David Hallyday
French SNEP number one single
February 11, 1989 - April 15, 1989
Succeeded by
"Megamix" by Boney M

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pour Toi Armenie". Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 151-152 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ "Pour toi Arménie", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 19, 2008)
  4. ^ Alex P. King, Hit-parade, 20 ans de tubes, 2005, Pascal Ed., p. 9 (ISBN 978-2350190099) Vingt ans de tubes (Retrieved April 23, 2008)