Johnny Hallyday

Actor, singer Johnny Hallyday

Jean-Philippe Smet better known by his 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 Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan. They formed the golden couple of the sixties and seventies in Europe.


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Paris, May 1968 — a view from the barricades by Gökşin Sipahioğlu
Yahoo News - 3 months
Fifty years ago, as France exploded in mass protests, words scrawled on the walls of the Sorbonne summed up the revolutionary zeal of the time: “Run free, comrade, we’ve left the old world behind!” Half a century later, the May 1968 demonstrations that brought millions of idealistic students and striking workers to the streets remain a watershed moment in France’s cultural history. Sexual liberation, artistic creativity and anti-capitalism were the order of the day. For those who were there, it was an unforgettable time. The protests swept through a France that was still ruled by the strict conservatism of Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who was then president and banned the concerts of French rocker Johnny Hallyday for causing scenes of mass hysteria. The aftershocks of the protests would be felt for years to come. (AFP) … Gökşin Sipahioğlu, a Turkish photojournalist and one of the father figures of photojournalism, covered news stories from the 1956 war in the Sinai Peninsula to Mao’...
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French court freezes assets of late rocker Johnny Hallyday - 4 months
PARIS (Reuters) - A French court on Friday froze the real estate assets and royalties of singer Johnny Hallyday, as his widow and two children from a previous marriage squabble over an inheritance estimated at up to 100 million euros ($120 million).
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Family feud erupts over riches left by 'French Elvis' Hallyday - 6 months
PARIS (Reuters) - A feud has erupted over the estate of French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who died two months ago, with two of his four children aggrieved that they have seemingly been cut out of a will that may be worth as much as 100 million euros ($122 million).
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New York, Vladimir Putin, Johnny Hallyday: Your Tuesday Briefing
NYTimes - 8 months
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French rock star played on American persona
Yahoo News - 8 months
Until last week, most Americans had no idea who Johnny Hallyday was and probably could not have cared less – but the feelings were anything but mutual. “Johnny belonged to you, to the public, to France,” President Emmanuel Macron – who, at 39, is well below the average age of most Hallyday fans – told the crowd. Recommended: More than Bastille, Bonaparte, and brie: Test your knowledge of France with our quiz!
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Johnny Hallyday's fans fill Paris streets to bid adieu to ‘French Elvis’
LATimes - 8 months
The name Johnny Hallyday will mean little if anything to most Americans. But on Saturday, a million French people turned out on a bitterly cold December morning to bid adieu to the man they called the “French Elvis.” Central Paris ground to a halt as President Emmanuel Macron led what he described...
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Thousands mourn rock idol Hallyday at Paris memorial - 8 months
PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people paid homage to late French rock and roll giant Johnny Hallyday at a Paris memorial service attended by French stars and politicians.
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Merci, Johnny: Remembering Rocker Johnny Hallyday, Beloved By France
NPR - 8 months
Johnny Hallyday was one of France's favorite performers. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the rock and roller, who died this week at the age of 74. (Image credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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Johnny Hallyday’s Fans Share Their Favorite Songs
NYTimes - 8 months
We asked readers from around the world to share their favorite song and a memory they associate with it.
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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, Is Dead at 74
NYTimes - 8 months
Although he was little known outside the French-speaking world, Mr. Hallyday sold more than 100 million records and starred in numerous movies.
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France Mourns Its Favorite Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday
NPR - 8 months
Hallyday, who died Wednesday at 74, had a career that spanned 50 years. He recorded more than 1,000 songs and sold more than 100 million records — but was little known outside France. (Image credit: Reg Lancaster/Getty Images)
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An appraisal: Why France Loved Johnny Hallyday
NYTimes - 8 months
The singer represented a very French idea of the American dream. He cast a spell at home but was never really understood abroad.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Hallyday
  • 2014
    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.
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  • 2009
    On 26 November 2009, Hallyday underwent surgery in Paris to repair a herniated disc.
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    In July 2009, Hallyday was diagnosed with colon cancer, and underwent surgery.
    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.
  • 2008
    French movie producers Michèle and Laurent Pétin introduced Johnny Hallyday to Hong Kong film director Johnnie To. Hallyday was cast as the main role of To's Vengeance after meeting with the director in early 2008.
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    In 2008 he recorded a series of acoustic songs with French musician Drexl Jonez.
    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.
  • 2007
    Hallyday supported Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 French presidential election.
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    Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring, he released a blues-flavored album, Le Cœur d'un homme, on 12 November 2007.
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  • 2005
    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.
  • 2000
    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).
  • 1992
    He was married to his third wife Adeline Blondieau for two years, divorcing her in 1992.
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  • 1982
    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.
  • 1980
    Hallyday and Vartan divorced in 1980.
  • 1969
    By 1969 alone, his sales of records exceeded twelve million.
  • 1966
    There also is a widely published monochrome photograph of Hallyday walking somewhere in Paris in late May 1966 with Bob Dylan.
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    Black-and-white footage, also from October 1966, exists of Hallyday partying with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler and others.
    For their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Évreux on 13 October 1966.
  • 1965
    Hallyday married Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan on 12 April 1965.
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  • 1961
    In 1961 his cover of "Let's Twist Again" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
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  • 1960
    His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960.
    His debut single, "Laisse les filles" was released on the Vogue label in March 1960.
  • 1943
    Born on June 15, 1943.
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