Johnny Hallyday

Actor + Singer

Jean-Philippe Smet better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he was considered by some to have been the French Elvis Presley. He was married for 15 years to popular French singer Sylvie Vartan. They formed the golden couple of the sixties and seventies in Europe.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Hallyday.


1943 Birth Born on June 15, 1943.


1960 17 Years Old 1 More Event
His debut single, "Laisse les filles" was released on the Vogue label in March 1960.
1961 18 Years Old In 1961 his cover of "Let's Twist Again" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. … Read More


1965 22 Years Old Hallyday married Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan on 12 April 1965. … Read More
For their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Évreux on 13 October 1966.
1969 26 Years Old By 1969 alone, his sales of records exceeded twelve million.


1980 37 Years Old Hallyday and Vartan divorced in 1980.
1982 39 Years Old He was then briefly married to Babeth Étienne; the marriage lasted two months and two days, ending in February 1982. A four-year relationship with French actress Nathalie Baye followed; their daughter Laura Smet was born on 15 November 1983.


1992 49 Years Old He was married to his third wife Adeline Blondieau for two years, divorcing her in 1992. … Read More


2000 57 Years Old One of Hallyday's later concerts, 100% Johnny: Live à La Tour Eiffel in 2000, attracted an audience of 500,000 and 9.5 million television viewers (the show was broadcast live on French TV).


2005 62 Years Old In December 2005, Hallyday had his third number-one single in France, "Mon Plus Beau Noël" (after "Tous ensemble" and "Marie"), dedicated to his adopted daughter Jade.
2007 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring, he released a blues-flavored album, Le Cœur d'un homme, on 12 November 2007. … Read More
His next album, Ça ne finira jamais, released in 2008, another No. 1 on the French album chart, and its lead single, "Ça n'finira jamais", also reached No. 1.
Hallyday's most recent album, also a No. 1 hit in France, is Tour 66: Stade de France 2009, a live set recorded at Stade de France during his farewell tour with appearances by Drexl Jonez on the guitar.
2014 71 Years Old He maintains a second home in Los Angeles, where he has been spending increasing amounts of time in recent years, enjoying his relative anonymity in the U.S. In January 2014, Johnny revealed that his current residence was in fact in the United States after an investigation by Swiss journalist showed that Mr. Hallyday did not spend enough time in Gstaad, Switzerland to qualify as a resident. … Read More
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