Johnny Hallyday: France’s ‘Elvis Presley’ dies at 74

Johnny Hallyday performs in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Oct 2012Image copyright
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Hallyday pennyless from France’s classical “chanson” tradition in the 1950s, starting singing stone and hurl in French

France’s biggest stone star Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

The thespian sole about 100 million annals and starred in a series of films in a career that began in 1960.

He was done a Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

The French simply called him “Our Johnny”. However, outward the Francophone zone, Hallyday was probably unknown.

In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: “Johnny Hallyday has left us. we write these difference but desiring them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us.

“He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with bravery and dignity.”

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Hallyday, whose genuine name was Jean-Philippe Smet, motionless he wanted to be a thespian after seeing Elvis Presley on screen in 1957. Hallyday was nicknamed the “French Presley” by his countless fans.

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His children, Laura and David, wrote a corner statement, saying: “Today we lost the father,” and thanking fans for the escape of support.

“Our pain is immense,” they said.

That view was echoed by Laura’s mother, Nathalie Baye, who posted an dull black block to Instagram with the singular line caption: “My grief is immense.”

Reacting to the news, French President Emmanuel Macron referenced the pretension of a new reverence manuscript by saying: “There is a little bit of Johnny in all of us.”

He added: “Across generations, he forged himself into the lives of French people. He bewitched them by the munificence you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in outrageous venues, in tiny spots.”

Other French politicians followed suit, including former presidents François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, and former Prime Minister Alain Juppé.

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Fans collected outward the star’s home in the city of Marnes-la-Coquette, west of Paris.

Speaking to the AFP news agency, one fan said: “My heart is in two, my heart is broken.” He combined that he had hoped to see 1,000 of Johnny’s concerts.

Another, Michele, told reporters: “He was a good adore of my youth… he always rocked me. I’ve always desired this man.

“It’s an loyalty to show him, if he still sees us, that we still adore him and I’ll always adore him.”

Tributes also rolled in from his peers in the party industry.

French film idol of the 1950s and 60s, Brigitte Bardot, wrote that she was “in shock”.

“Johnny is a monument. He is France,” she pronounced in a social media post alongside a photo of her hugging the singer.

Among those outward of France to compensate reverence was American guitarist Lenny Kravitz.

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In a French-language tweet, thespian Celine Dion called him “a fable of showbusiness”.

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Heavily shabby by Elvis, Hallyday pennyless from France’s classical “chanson” tradition in the 1950s and began singing stone and hurl in French.

“He introduced stone and hurl to France. He’s one of the few singers about whom people contend that he’s an animal on stage,” publisher Philippe Le Corre once said.

“He’s utterly incredible. People of all ages like him,” he added.

Despite his success at home, he unsuccessful to moment the remunerative American or any English-speaking market.

The USA Today journal once described him as “the biggest stone star you never listened of”.

Hallyday was famous for his tough work and almost uninterrupted touring.

But he was also famous for his furious stone star antics, both on and off stage.

Heavy drinking, drug-taking and 5 marriages all contributed a infrequently pell-mell lifestyle.

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