Music and original French lyrics written by Charles Aznavour. English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
Released 1970 on the album Something.
Live recordings have been released on the albums:
This song had originally been released 1964 in French as "Hier Encore" by the French composer, singer, actor and entertainer Charles Aznavour on his LP "Charles Aznavour - Que c'est triste Venise". 1968 it was again on his LP "Face au public". 1969 he received the Vermeil medal of the town of Paris for this song and also an American composers price, because the song had been translated into English meanwhile. The English title "Yesterday When I Was Young" 1969 reached position number nine in the country charts, performed by Roy Clark.
Charles Aznavour is born in Paris 1924 as Chahnour Varenagh Aznavourian. His family came from Armenia. The father sometimes worked as singer, and the mother as actress. By this he had his stage and screen debut at age nine. He has a raspy voice because of a paralyzed vocal cord, but in part with the help of Edith Piaf, he found his style and overcame his fears. He wrote songs, some of which were performed by Edit Piaf then. Almost all of Aznavour's compositions deal with love and have first been considered tame, but at the end of the 1950's came his breakthrough, and his songs and his limited but very expressive singing style became popular. Charles Aznavour is renowned the world over until today for his songs and his singing, and he's even something like the "quintessential French pop-culture icon".
Herbert Kretzmer, who penned the English lyrics to this song, was born 1925 in South Africa.
He began with journalism, but then wrote successful lyrics for songs of George Martin and others. He wrote book and lyrics for some musicals, but his biggest success came with the musical "Les Misérables" for which he was responsible for the lyrics.
The thousand dreams I dreamed
I ran so fast that time
The game of love I played
There are so many songs