Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Five things you never knew about Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday BREAKING NEWS: Singer Johnny Hallyday - best known as the 'French Elvis' - dies aged 74 after fighting lung cancer
Freda Brock | 06 December, 2017, 07:21

Born in 1943, he changed his name from Jean-Philippe Smet to Johnny Hallyday, and found fame as a rock star in the 1950s.

The music star who has sold more than 110 million records during his career had been battling lung cancer. His ability to bounce back from the tragedies life threw at him is what made him a folk hero among the French people.

Despite achieving a God-like status in France, he was nearly unknown in the English-speaking world.

In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: "Johnny Hallyday has left us", the AFP news agency reports. I write these words without believing them.

Hallyday's wife, Laeticia, 42, confirmed that he died at his home in Marnes-la-Coquette, west of Paris, on Wednesday, following hospital treatment.

"He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity", she said.

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French President Emmanuel Macron's office said early Wednesday,"He brought a part of America into our national pantheon".

"Across generations, he carved himself into the lives of French people", Mr Macron said.

"He charmed them through the generosity you saw in his concerts: so epic, so intimate, in huge venues, in small spots".

Worldwide songstress and Billboard Icon Award-winning artist Celine Dion took to Twitter to pay homage to the late singer.

While he was never taken seriously overseas, Hallyday broke from France's classic "chanson" tradition in the late 1950s, selling more than 100 million albums and headlining 50 major tours.

"The rock "n" roll attitude which he brought from the US made him an idol to youth of the sixties", Macron's office said.

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