He was born in Paris, France to Armenian parents, who introduced him to the theatre at an early age. He sings and records in 6 languages. His recording of "She" was a #1 hit in the UK during 1974.
He has written or co-written many songs, including:
- "Yesterday When I Was Young" ("Hier Encore" in French), performed on episode 303 of The Muppet Show.
- "The Old Fashioned Way", performed on episode 109.