Artist Biography by John D. Buchanan
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France's first and only full-fledged rock star, Johnny Hallyday was still a distinctly French phenomenon, never achieving worldwide recognition (partially because a good chunk of his repertoire consisted of French-language covers of early American rock hits). Other French artists may have been influenced by rock & roll, but none was as beholden to the original sources, or as enduringly successful, as Hallyday. Moreover, his appropriations of Elvis Presley and James Dean captured the French imagination, but -- language barrier aside -- were often too stylized and imitative to resonate with audiences used to the genuine article. Yet even if his musical interpretations lacked some of the punch of their sources, his sense of rock & roll style, with all its rebellious trappings, was impeccable. His stage presence was undeniably electric, and his life was the stuff of which tabloid reporters' dreams are made: high-profile romances (and breakups), cocaine use, chronic tax problems, a taste for auto racing and motorcycles, and other assorted fallouts from life in the fast lane. In the end, though, Hallyday's appeal rested on a central balancing act: he may have been fascinated by a foreign cultural phenomenon, but he managed to maintain his essential Frenchness. His covers provided a way for American rock & roll to conquer France, adapting it to fit the country's own sensibilities without threatening its well-protected cultural autonomy. His later move into quintessentially French balladry helped increase his cross-generational appeal, and somewhat mirrored the career trajectory of his hero, Elvis. With a career spanning multiple decades and sales figures in the tens of millions, the unconditionally adored Hallyday ranked among France's greatest cultural icons.
Singer Johnny Hallyday - best known as the 'French Elvis' - dies aged 74 after fighting lung cancer. Johnny Hallyday died as a result of lung cancer according to a statement from his wife.
Hallyday was born Jean-Philippe Smet on June 15, 1943, in the Malesherbes area of Paris. His Belgian parents split up just months after he was born, and he went to live with an aunt, former silent film actress Hélène Mar. His cousins Desta and Menen were dancers, and he accompanied them on tour for most of his childhood. Desta's boyfriend and eventual husband, the Oklahoma-born Lee Halliday, became part of the act, and Jean-Philippe would later adopt a version of his last name in tribute to his kindness. Surrounded by show business, the youngster learned guitar and took dance lessons; by age nine, he was already performing on-stage with his relatives, singing songs like 'The Ballad of Davy Crockett' during costume changes. He also appeared in his first film, Les Diaboliques, in 1954. By 1957, the family had given up life on the road and settled in Paris, where Johnny (as Lee called him) sang songs by American country artists as well as Georges Brassens, and also acted in commercials. That year he discovered Elvis Presley through the film Lovin' You, and immediately decided that he wanted to be a rock & roll singer. He began performing in clubs and cabarets, some of which kicked him out for singing the new American music.
Having adopted the name Johnny Hallyday, he caught his big break in late 1959, when an appearance on the Paris Cocktail television show led to a record contract with Vogue. Hallyday released his first single, 'Laisse les Filles,' in early 1960. Its follow-up, 'Souvenirs, Souvenirs,' became his first major hit, and when he performed at France's first rock festival at the Palais de Sport in early 1961, he set off a near riot that led to a ban on rock & roll shows for several months. He switched from Vogue to Philips later that summer, and issued the smash LP Salut les Copains, which kicked off the so-called 'yé-yé' era of French pop and made him a full-fledged teen idol. His tour of France that year touched off a hysteria not unlike the furor surrounding Elvis in the States. Toward the end of the year, Hallyday took French citizenship, appeared in the film Les Parisiennes, and had an enormous hit with 'Viens Danser le Twist,' an adaptation of Chubby Checker's 'Let's Twist Again.' Hallyday's success continued to snowball over the next few years, mixing American covers (as on the LP Johnny Hallyday Sings America's Rockin' Hits) with more traditional French pop: 'Retiens la Nuit' (penned by Charles Aznavour), 'Elle Est Terrible,' 'Be Bop a Lula,' 'Pas Cette Chanson,' and two of his biggest hits, 'L'Idole des Jeunes' and 'Da Dou Ron Ron.' The year 1963 found him starring in the film D'où Viens-Tu, Johnny?, which was directed by Noel Coward and co-starred fellow pop star Sylvie Vartan.
In 1964, Hallyday was called for military service, and much as it had for Elvis, his acceptance of his duty helped make him more respectable in the eyes of the mainstream public. Shortly before his induction, he completed another single, 'Le Pénitencier,' an adaptation of 'House of the Rising Sun.' Stationed in Germany, he married Sylvie Vartan in April 1965, and was discharged late that year. Initially, Hallyday found it difficult to recapture his career momentum; the rock & roll fad had already begun to pass in France, and even Elvis had been eclipsed by emerging stars like the Beatles and Bob Dylan. The socially conscious single 'Cheveux Longs, Idées Courtes' didn't quite give Hallyday the credibility he'd hoped for. His son David (later a singer in his own right) was born in August 1966, but not long after, a deeply depressed Hallyday attempted suicide. After his recovery, he issued the despairing single 'Noir, C'est Noir' as a commentary on the near tragedy. He also assembled a more R&B-influenced touring band called the Blackbirds, headed up by British guitarist Mick Jones (later of Foreigner) and drummer Tommy Brown; their October gig at the Olympia in Paris featured a then-unknown opening act called the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
- Flashback – Laeticia Hallyday: this transfer from Johnny who made people talk A few days before his disappearance, Johnny Hallyday, feeling his time coming, transferred to his wife's account several tens of thousands of euros.
- Johnny Hallyday, live at Montreux, 1988.
Hallyday covered the Hendrix version of 'Hey Joe' in 1967 (the same year he started racing cars), and dabbled in slightly heavier psychedelic rock over the next couple of years. His title song for the 1968 film A Tout Casser (in which he also starred) featured Jimmy Page as a session guitarist, as did the aptly titled 'Psychedelic.' The year 1969 saw the release of Que Je T'aime, a distinctly Cream-influenced rock record with a hit title track, as well as Je Suis Né Dans la Rue, a darker and more personal record that featured contributions from the Small Faces' Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. In 1970, Hallyday flirted with a flower-child image via the single 'Jesus Christ (Est un Hippie),' but quickly backed away from the posture. He continued to tour internationally and appear in movies, including 1971's L'Aventure, C'est l'Aventure; that year he also scored a major hit with 'Oh Ma Jolie Sarah.'
Despite releasing one of his better albums in Country-Folk-Rock, Hallyday's excesses began to catch up with him in 1972: his debauchery led to a year's separation from his wife, Sylvie Vartan. He also mounted a lavish tour dubbed the Johnny Circus that was actually staged in a big-top tent, and transported him between gigs in a Rolls-Royce. It was a financial disaster, mitigated somewhat by his reconciliation with Vartan in 1973. Together they recorded a smash duet, 'J'ai un Problème,' that became one of the biggest hits of the summer. On his own, Hallyday also scored with 'Toute la Musique Que J'aime,' written with his primary collaborator for much of the '70s, Michel Mallory. He spent part of 1974 in America, recording an album of rock standards in Memphis (Rock à Memphis) and another of country-rock in Nashville (La Terre Promise); he also rode across Death Valley on a motorcycle, and attended Elvis' Las Vegas revue. The following year, he and his family relocated to Los Angeles in order to escape a massive tax debt of around 100 million francs. He continued to score hits in France, among them 1976's 'Joue Pas de Rock'n'Roll Pour Moi' and 'Gabrielle,' 1977's 'J'ai Oublié de Vivre,' and 1978's 'Elle M'oublie'; however, his double-LP recording of the rock opera Hamlet was a colossal flop.
Hallyday collapsed on-stage during an August 1980 concert, and his marriage to Vartan broke up for good by the end of the year; rumors about his private life swirled, and one paper erroneously reported his death in early 1981. Late that year, he married model Babeth Etienne, a union that lasted not much more than two months. Not long afterward, he struck up a romance with actress Nathalie Baye, who bore him a daughter, Laura, in late 1983. Meanwhile, his lyricist, Michel Mallory, was replaced first by Pierre Billon, then Michel Berger, a writer grounded more in traditional cabaret and pop than rock & roll. Berger was partly responsible for 1985's 'Quelque Chose de Tennessee,' which became one of Hallyday's biggest and best-known hits. Hallyday also revived his flagging movie career in 1985 by teaming with legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard for Détective; he would continue to appear regularly in films through the early '90s. His romance with Baye ended in 1986, but that year he dominated the charts with the Jean-Jacques Goldman-penned album Gang, one of his biggest latter-day successes thanks to hits like 'Laura,' 'L'Envie,' 'Je Te Promets,' and a duet with Carmel, 'J'oublierai Ton Nom.' Released in 1989, Cadillac featured two songs by Hallyday's son David, who would shortly go on to his own singing career.
Hallyday remarried again in 1990, this time to Adeline Blondiau, the daughter of a longtime friend; this too proved short-lived, and they divorced in 1992. In the meantime, he released a new album, 1991's Ça Ne Change Pas un Homme, which featured covers of everyone from new-generation French pop star Patrick Bruel to Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. In commemoration of Hallyday's 50th birthday in 1993, his entire catalog was reissued on CD (with numerous compilations appearing thereafter), and he gave a series of gala concerts in Paris. The 1994 English-language album Rough Town tanked, but 1995's Lorada was a tremendous success, spawning hit singles in 'J'la Croise Tous les Matins,' 'Quand le Masque Tombe,' and 'Ne M'oublie Pas.' In 1996, Hallyday embarked on his fifth marriage, this time to Laeticia Boudou; he also recorded another album of rock & roll classics in French, Destination Vegas, titled in reference to his concert at the Aladdin in Las Vegas (for which several thousand French fans were flown in). Hallyday was awarded a Legion d'Honneur medal by French President Jacques Chirac in 1997, and the following year he gave spectacular concerts to close the World Cup soccer tournament and commemorate France's first championship. In 1999, Hallyday returned with the successful new album Sang Pour Sang, for which his son David composed all the music (accompanied by various lyricists). Taking a break from recording and touring, Hallyday rang in the new millennium with a couple of acclaimed acting turns in the films L'Homme du Train and Crime Spree. In late 2002, he released the double album À la Vie, à la Mort!, which produced the hit singles 'Marie' and 'Ne Reviens Pas.'
Further hit albums followed in 2005 and 2007 in the shape of Ma Vérité and the bluesy Le Cœur d'un Homme, which featured a track written for him by Bono. Shortly after its release, he announced that in 2009 he would retire from live performance after a farewell tour. After recording another successful album, Ça Ne Finira Jamais, in 2008, he was cast as the lead in Hong Kong director Johnnie To's first English-language film, Vengeance. In 2009, he underwent surgery for colon cancer, and his successful recovery must have made him reconsider his decision to quit the stage, for in 2012, after the release of yet another new studio album, Jamais Seul -- which received heavy international promotion -- he played three high-profile North American dates, in Los Angeles, Québec City, and New York. One year later, in 2013, L'Attente made it ten straight French chart-toppers for Hallyday, and he celebrated his 70th birthday in June of that year with several landmark events, including the collection Best of 70e Anniversaire. Rester Vivant, produced by Don Was, had no trouble debuting at number one upon its release in late 2014. However, in March of 2017 Hallyday announced that he had lung cancer, and he died in December of that year at the age of 74.© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo
The son of French superstar Johnny Hallyday has shared his relief after finally resolving the bitter dispute with his stepmother over the late singer's multi-million pound fortune.
Speaking on French radio station RTL, David Hallyday, 54, who is also the son of singer Sylvie Vartan, said he 'thanked God' the family's legal battle was finally over following a two-year fight.
David said the row following the singer's death in December 2017 from lung cancer, when aged 74, now belonged in 'the past' and that there were bigger social issues to worry about.
The singer's eldest children, David and his sister Laura Smet, 36, decided to contest Hallyday's will, which left his entire estate - originally estimated at €100million - to his widow Laeticia and their two adopted daughters.
Laeticia's lawyers announced in July that a 'definitive agreement' had been reached between her and her late husband's children. No details of the accord were disclosed.
Scroll down for video© Provided by Daily Mail David Hallyday, 54, who is the son of French singers Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan, 'thanked God' the bitter family dispute over his father's will was finally over (David and his father pictured in Paris in 2002)© Provided by Daily Mail Hallyday had left all his fortune, initially estimated at ¿100million (£91,043,658) to his wife Laeticia (pictured with him in 2016) and their two adopted daughters Jade, 16 and Joy, 12
The row was sparked after it was discovered Hallyday had signed a US will that left all of his fortune, initially estimated at €100million (£91,043,658), to his wife Laeticia, 44, and their two adopted daughters, Jade, 16, and Joy, 12. Ocasio cortez iq.
David and his sister Laura Smet, 36, were excluded from the will, which was contrary to French Law, where children automatically inherit from their parents.
Earlier this year, David, a musician and F1 enthusiast, who is father to Ilona, 25, and Emma, 22, renounced his father's heritage after his stepmother Laeticia and his sister finally reached a compromise over the late singer's estate.
It was announced in early July that Laeticia Hallyday had inherited the singer's properties, to the estimated value of €28 to €34million, and an undisclosed amount in cash.
The amount had initially been thought to reach €100million, but was later revised down to €38 million, after it was found that the value of his properties and royalties had been overestimated.
While Laeticia won the battle, she also inherited Johnny's hefty tax debts, which he accumulated throughout his life and are thought to be 'around' €30million.© Provided by Daily Mail Laeticia with Joy and Jade, Laura Smet, 36, and David Hallyday at Johnny Hallyday's funeral in Paris in December 2017
Speaking this week about the settlement, David, who has kept a low profile during the row, said the dispute was now 'in the past.'
'It's something that's private and very personal, I have nothing more to say about this,' he said. 'Thank God it's over, and between you and me, I think people are really fed up with this.'
David said he felt the people of France had other things to think about, including the financial downfall sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
The musician, who played with his father often on stage and in the recording booth, added he hoped people would remember the late star for his enormous musical talents and not his will.
David said he intended to still 'have his say' over his father's musical legacy. He pointed out that, having also worked in the music industry, he would always be able to share his 'benevolent' opinion on his father's career and the future of his estate.© Provided by Daily Mail Laeticia Hallyday officially inherited the singer's properties, to the estimated value of ¿28 to ¿34million, and an undisclosed amount in cash (pictured with Jade, right and Joy, left, at Johnny's funeral in 2017)© Provided by Daily Mail David and Laura Smet holding hands at their father's funeral. The family had announced their wish to move on from the row
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The will had been drafted in the US, where Hallyday was then living with Laeticia and their two adopted daughters, and did not comply with French law, where children have automatic succession rights.
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A bitter legal battle ensued, with Laeticia provoking further outrage last year by announcing plans to have the singer exhumed and placed in her family vault - a move that saw her branded the 'wicked stepmother' by French magazines.
However, Laeticia's lawyers announced in July, that a 'definitive agreement' had been reached between Hallyday and her late husband's children, a journalist for French TV channel M6 reported on Twitter.
Johnny Hallyday Wikipedia
David was born from Johnny Hallyday's first marriage to singer Sylvie Vartan, while Laura is the daughter of Nathalie Baye, a famous French actress who had a torrid love affair with Hallyday after the end of his marriage to Vartan from 1982 to 1985.Read more