- Johnny Hallyday, ' French Elvis '
- A French rock icon
The old scoundrel is dead. The rocker and actor Johnny Hallyday, an essential figure in French musical scene during last half-century, has died this Wednesday at 74 years, a victim of lung cancer that was detected a year ago. All of France mourns loss of Gallic Elvis.
Until last moment, Johnny Hallyday kept that old rocker look — black lear sucks, like all his clos, tattoos, dark sunglasses, hoops in his ear, and hair combed in a less-than-thick toupee — which was his brand and captivated for decades by fans of VA RIAs generations. Until last moment, too, he tried to maintain an image of normalcy and refused to surrender to disease. In summer, he managed to complete tour of "Vieilles," old Scoundrels, with two or French "grandparents of Rock" and Friends of Hallyday, Jacques Dutronc and Eddy Mitchell, who remained close to him until end. The title of his latest studio album, Rester vivant (still alive), was a challenge and a sign that he had firm intention of continuing to enjoy what was a full life.
It couldn't have been. In early morning of Wednesday, his wife Laetita confirmed that Johnny Hallyday, born as anor great of music, Mick Jagger, in 1943 although under much more prosaic — and Gallic — name of Jean-Philippe Smet, had succumbed to his illness.
"Johnny Hallyday is gone." I write se words without believe. And yet it is so. My husband's gone. He leaves us tonight as he lived throughout his life, with courage and dignity, he wrote in a statement sent to Agence France Presse.
Quel plaisir de partager avec vous cette version of "Les couples" par @FFF_musique! Https://t.co/DDsPzT9W6H Pic.twitter.com/7yQ7jtErPY— Johnny Hallyday (@JohnnySjh) November 24, 2017
He left, yes, surrounded by his own — his wife of last two decades, Laetitia, 32 years younger, and two adopted children of couple, Jade and Joy — and many fans who, since leaving hospital in mid-november , y had flocked to gates of Savannah, mansion in Marnes-la-Coquette, richest town in France, located on outskirts of Paris.
A totally different life than one he took in his childhood, which he spent traveling all over France from tournée because two daughters of his aunt Hélène, who welcomed him when his parents were apart when he was only a few months old, were dancers. Of friend of one of her cousins, Lee Halliday, would take inspiration for his artistic name years later, after deciding, nothing more to see in film film of Elvis Presley "Lovin' You", in 1957, at 14 years, that what wanted to be was singer of rock'n ' roll. He got it in no time. In 1960 he released his first single, The 45 Revolutions "T'aimer Follement" which followed shortly after one of his titles that until today are better known, "Souvenirs souvenirs".
Thus began a prolific career in music — 50 studio albums and 27 live, more than 110 million discs sold — and also in cinema and atre that earned him titles of Knight of Arts and Letters and of Knight of Legion of Honor granted by Jacq UEs Chirac in 1997. It also allowed him to travel world in countless tours.
He married five times, two of m with same woman. His first marriage was in 1965 with artist Sylvie Vartan, from which he separated 10 years later. The last one in 1996 with Laetitia Hallyday.
Health problems, which began a decade ago, worsened with diagnosis of lung cancer at beginning of year. On November 17, he was admitted to a respiratory failure related to his ailment on 17 November. According to his representative recently, Hallyday was about to finish a new album and was going to make a new tour in 2019.
His death has shocked an entire country that considered it "our Johnny."
"We suffered and loved with him," re was "a little Johnny in all of us," said French president Emmanuel Macron, in a statement issued in early hours of morning. "We shall not forget his name, nor his voice, nor especially interpretations with that sensible lyricism." It belongs today fully to history of French music. "He made a part of America enter our national panon."
On a tous in nous quelque chose by Johnny Hallyday. Le public de fans et de fidèles qu'il s'était acquis est en larmes. Nous n'oublierons ni are nom, sa gueule, ni sa voix. Le voici au Panthéon de la chanson où il rejoint les légendes du rock et du Blues qu'il aimait tant.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 6, 2017
Singer Celine Dion has also lamented on Twitter death of singer who was "a giant in business of show, a real icon." My condolences to family, loved ones and millions of fans who worshipped him for decades. "We'll miss him, but he'll never be forgotten."
I'm very sad to hear news that Johnny Hallyday passed away. I was a giant in show business ... a true icon! My thoughts go out to his family, his loved ones, and to millions of fans who adored him for many decades. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.-Céline xx ...— Celine Dion (@celinedion) December 6, 2017