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Johnny Hallyday

Le service de pompes funèbres chargé d’organiser les obsèques de Johnny Hallyday a raconté à Paris Match les détails de l’organisation.

Selon un communiqué de l’Elysée publié..

Le service de pompes funèbres chargé d’organiser les obsèques de Johnny Hallyday a raconté à Paris Match les détails de l’organisation.

Selon un communiqué de l’Elysée publié mercredi, Emmanuel et Brigitte Macron assisteront aux obsèques de Johnny Hallyday. Si l’heure et la date exacte de l’inhumation du rockeur restent encore officieux pour le moment, Paris Match vous dévoile des détails sur le déroulement de la cérémonie et le protocole appliqué. Bien que les obsèques de Johnny Hallyday ne soient pas ordonnées par l’état, le protocole de l’Elysée sera automatiquement mis en place compte tenu de la présence du couple présidentiel. Comme pour un mariage où les familles respectives des mariés sont situées de part et d’autre de la nef, la famille du chanteur sera placée d’un côté de l’église de la Madeleine, dans le huitième arrondissement de Paris, et le président, sa femme et les autres membres de l’état seront présents pour l’occasion.

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Johnny Hallyday (French pronunciation: ​[dʒɔ.niɛ], 15 June 1943 – 6 December 2017[2]), stage name of Jean-Philippe Smet, was a French[3][4][5] singer and actor.[6] He was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a “golden couple” for 20 years. Hallyday completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records worldwide,[7] making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Hallyday’s father, Léon Smet (1908–1989), was Belgian; his mother, Huguette Clerc (1920–2007), was French. Born in Paris, Hallyday took his stage name from his aunt Desta’s husband and dance partner Lee Hallyday, a pseudonym for Lee Ketcham, an expatriate Oklahoman, performer, and MC at the Café de Paris where Johnny began his singing career. Johnny was raised by Desta and Lee from a very young age, with Lee being his first manager. Johnny was always very loyal to Lee and secured him a permanent job as a producer and A&R man with his label, Philips Records until Lee’s retirement and relocation back to Oklahoma.


Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock n’ roll revolution, Hallyday became famous in the 1960s for singing Rock ‘n’ Roll in French. His debut single, “Laisse les filles” was released on the Vogue label in March 1960.[10] His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960.[11] In 1961 his cover of “Let’s Twist Again” sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[12] It topped almost every European chart, although the track did not appear in the UK Singles Chart.[13] He appeared on the American The Ed Sullivan Show with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the Moulin Rougenightclub in Paris. He also staged many appearances in the Paris Olympia under the management of the late Bruno Coquatrix. For their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Évreux on 13 October 1966. Black-and-white footage, also from October 1966, exists of Hallyday partying with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler and others. There also is a widely published monochrome photograph of Hallyday walking somewhere in Paris in late May 1966 with Bob Dylan.

Hallyday in 1965

At the end of the 1960s, Hallyday made a string of albums with Mick Jones and Tommy Brown as musical directors, and Big Jim SullivanBobby Grahamand Jimmy Page as session musicians. These are Jeune HommeRivière… Ouvre ton Lit (a.k.a. Je suis né dans la rue) and Vie. On Je suis né dans la rue, Hallyday also hired both Peter Frampton and the Small Faces. Amongst their contributions are the songs Amen (Bang Bang)Reclamation (News Report), and Regarde Pour Moi (What You Will), which are variations of Small Faces and Humble Pie (Frampton’s band) songs—tracks and they all play on the album. Often forgotten is Hallyday’s non-LP single and EP track Que Je T’aime from the same sessions.[14] By 1969 alone, his sales of recordsexceeded twelve million.[12]

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).[6] 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. Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring, he released a blues-flavored album, Le Cœur d’un homme, on 12 November 2007. The album hit No. 1 in both France and French-speaking Belgium. In addition to the lead single “Always”, Le Cœur d’un homme features “T’aimer si mal”, a duet with bluesman Taj Mahal and “I Am the Blues”, an English-language song written for Hallyday by U2‘s lead singer Bono. 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. In 2008 he recorded a series of acoustic songs with French musician Drexl Jonez. 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.

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. The shooting began in November 2008 and concluded in February 2009.[citation needed]


Hallyday has been called “the French Elvis“.[15][16][17] He remains largely unknown outside the Francophone world, thus earning the nickname “the biggest rock star you’ve never heard of” in English-speaking countries.[18][19][20] Nevertheless, at an international level he is still considered the only non-Anglophone rock musician to have a large international reputation.[21] He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur in 1997.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Édith Piaf in 1962

Sylvie Vartan in 1966

Hallyday was introduced to the singer Édith Piaf in the late fifties and became one of her biggest fans up until her death in 1963. He attended every concert she performed in and was said to have been friends with her throughout his career. In a recent article he claimed that Édith tried to seduce him during a dinner with her in 1960, and resulted in him fleeing from her in despair, but a 1962 photograph of Édith, her husband Théo Sarapo, and Hallyday shows that she earned his trust back. Hallyday performed Édith’s 1950 hit “Hymne à l’amour” in 1995.

In November 2005, Hallyday started a procedure to obtain Belgian citizenship but his request was turned down in 2006 because he failed to fulfill the residence requirements. In late 2006, Hallyday announced that he would move his permanent residency to Gstaad, Switzerland to escape the high tax rate imposed by the French government. Swiss law allows wealthy individuals to claim residency if they live six months and one day in the country and then pay a fixed tax based on expenses, such as rent or assets in Switzerland, rather than a percentage of their income. Hallyday has said that he would move his residency back to France if it changes its tax laws.[23]

He maintained a second home in Los Angeles, where he had been spending increasing amounts of time in recent years, enjoying his relative anonymity in the U.S. In January 2014, Hallyday revealed that his current residence was in fact in the United States after an investigation by Swiss journalist showed that Hallyday did not spend enough time in Gstaad, Switzerland to qualify as a resident.[24] One of his favorite leisure activities is riding his Harley-Davidson on long trips through the California desert, staying in small motels along the way.[18]

Hallyday married Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan on 12 April 1965. Their son David was born on 14 August 1966. Hallyday and Vartan divorced in 1980. He was then briefly married to Babeth Étienne; the marriage lasted just 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. He was married to his third wife Adeline Blondieau for two years, divorcing her in 1992. He has been married to Laeticia Boudou since 25 March 1996. The couple have adopted two girls from Vietnam: Jade Odette Désirée, born 3 August 2004 (formerly Bui Thi Hoa), in November 2004,[25] and Joy (Maï-Huong), born 27 July 2008, in December 2008.

Hallyday supported Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 French presidential election. The Masked Avengers referenced this in their prank call to American vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin when an Avenger impersonating Sarkozy named Hallyday as his “Special American Advisor”.

In July 2009, Hallyday was diagnosed with colon cancer,[26] and underwent surgery. On 26 November 2009,[27] Hallyday underwent surgery in Paris to repair a herniated disc. He suffered complications and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Doctors announced that they had put Hallyday into a medically-induced coma so they could repair lesions that had formed as a result of the surgery, and to relieve his pain. On 17 December, Hallyday and his wife started legal proceedings against Dr. Stephane Delajoux, who had performed the original surgery.[28] The conflict was resolved in February 2012 following Delajoux’s vindication by medical investigators.[29]


Hallyday died, aged 74, on 6 December 2017.[30]



See also[edit]


  1. Jump up^ Huey, Steve. “Johnny Hallyday”AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. Jump up^ The Guardian, Johnny Hallyday French rock star dies aged 74 lung cancer
  3. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday renonce à la nationalité belge”Le Monde (in French). 22 October 2007. Retrieved 17 October2009.
  4. Jump up^ “Miles Kington: Johnny Hallyday – Legendary for being legendary?”The Independent. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  5. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday rocks Brussels’ blues away”RFI. 2016-03-27. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  6. Jump up to:a b “Johnny Hallyday – Site Officiel”. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  7. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday à la conquête du Kremlin” (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  8. Jump up^ Henley, Jon (3 August 2004). “French rock star wins back his music”The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  9. Jump up^ “Singer Hallyday to quit touring”. BBC News. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  10. Jump up^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock ‘N’ Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 80. ISBN 0-600-57602-7. CN 5585.
  11. Jump up^ [1] Archived 20 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. Jump up to:a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 136. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  13. Jump up^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock ‘N’ Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 101. ISBN 0-600-57602-7. CN 5585.
  14. Jump up^ [Frampton and Small Faces contribution on 1969 album.] Steve Marriott – All Too Beautiful… (Paulo/Hellier) ISBN 1-900924-44-7 p.324
  15. Jump up^ Christopher Muther (8 May 2014). “Johnny Hallyday is more than just a French Elvis”Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  16. Jump up^ Marc Myers (19 April 2012). “”French Elvis” Plays America”The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 26 January2017.
  17. Jump up^ “Rock legend Johnny Hallyday in coma after surgery”Daily Mail. London. 13 December 2009.
  18. Jump up to:a b “Le fin for the original French pop idol”The Independent. London. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 17 October2009.
  19. Jump up^ Willsher, Kim; Stares, Justin (15 January 2006). “Go, go Johnny go – but to Belgium?”The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  20. Jump up^ Samuel, Henry (11 May 2009). “End of the road for France’s Elvis”The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  21. Jump up^ “Blognotice 23 June 2013: “Johnny vu par Dagmar Gilcher””. Retrieved 15 July2014.
  22. Jump up^ “ORDRE DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR Décret du 31 décembre 1996 portant promotion et”JORF1997 (1): 29. 1 January 1997. PREX9612816D. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  23. Jump up^ “Entertainment | Hallyday exile row gets political”. BBC News. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  24. Jump up^ “French rocker prefers California to Gstaad”. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  25. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday”. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  26. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday tour cancelled because of health problems”The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  27. Jump up^ “French rocker Johnny Hallyday in induced coma”The Daily Telegraph. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  28. Jump up^ “Entertainment News, Celebrity and Pop Culture”. ABC News. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  29. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday comes to agreement with doctor after long-running dispute – The Connexion” Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  30. Jump up^ “Johnny Hallyday: French rock star dies at 74”. BBC NEWS. 6 December 2017.

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Preceded by
Jean-Jacques Goldman
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

Succeeded by
Claude Nougaro

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