French singing icon Johnny Hallyday dies at 74

@JohnRoberts (40913)
Los Angeles, California
December 6, 2017 10:25am CST
Singer Johnny Hallyday has died at 74. The name probably means nothing to most of you but in the French speaking world he was a revered icon and institution. Hallyday was the Elvis (his idol) of France for over 50 years selling 100 million plus records and massive concert draw. The last of his famed free concerts at the Eiffel Tower in 2009 attracted 500,000 spectators. Known just as “Johnny,” his fame is difficult to explain to the English speaking world. Think Elvis times 10 he was that famous. Hallyday split his time between Paris and Los Angeles. He once stated he was glad to be unknown in America because living in Los Angeles allowed him to enjoy anonymity and freely walking around unrecognized. He possessed a gravelly voice and his rock style was influenced by his own acknowledgement by Elvis, Chuck Berry and other early American rockers. Hallyday was also a movie star. He died at his Paris home losing a long battle with lung cancer. The countries of France and Belgium are officially in a state of mourning for the greatest singing star the French language has ever known.
Rock ‘n' roll fans in France are mourning a national pop legend often compared to Elvis Presley. Johnny Hallyday died from lung cancer aged 74. When Elvis Pr...
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@FourWalls (9890)
• United States
7 Dec
When I looked at that picture that was generated in the list of discussions I thought, "Man, he looks like Al Pacino." Hope that doesn't mean something bad for Mr. Pacino. A sad day for his fans and the country of France.
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@Kandae11 (26790)
6 Dec
I vaguely recall hearing the name , he was known as the French Elvis. I will find his tunes on Youtube - I have never heard anything by him.
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@1hopefulman (20212)
• Canada
6 Dec
RIP In the area where I live JH was very well known. I lot of his songs that were heard on the French radio were covers of English hits. Here is one song that I like.
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• Derby, England
6 Dec
I have heard of him! Very sad so many of this famous folk are dying .. the end of many an era.
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@teamfreak16 (36311)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Dec
Yeah, I've never heard of him. Because sometimes you do at least hear something about these guys.
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@JudyEv (100432)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
500,000 is a lot at one venue! That's amazing.
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@LeaPea2417 (15252)
• Toccoa, Georgia
6 Dec
I have never heard of him. But it is sad to read, may he RIP.
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6 Dec
may his soul rest in peace
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