Avo Uvezian is an Armenian-American jazz pianist and cigar manufacturer. Avo Uvezian was born to a family of musicians. His mother was a singer, while his father was a composer and conductor for a symphony orchestra. His parents’ experience with music allowed him to develop his talents as a young man and Uvezian joined a jazz trio called the Liban Boys. They received a contract to perform at a hotel in Baghdad where they stayed for one year. After this, they signed a contract to perform at a hotel in Iran. While there, Avo received an invitation from Shah Reza Pahlavi to perform at his palace.
After a year of performing in Iran, the Shah arranged for Avo to travel to the United States of America in 1947. While living in New York, Avo played for multiple bands while studying classical piano and composition at the Juilliard School. In addition to performing, Avo Uvezian also wrote songs, one of which was "Broken Guitar" - the prototype for "Strangers in the Night," which Frank Sinatra recorded on his 1966 album of the same name. The album won three Grammy Awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song.