Having adopted the name Johnny Hallydayhe caught his big break in latewhen 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 His tour of France that year touched off a hysteria not unlike the furor surrounding Elvis in the States. InHallyday was called for military service, and much as it had for Elvishis acceptance of his duty helped make him more respectable in the eyes of the mainstream public.
His son David later a singer in his own right was born in Augustbut 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. Hallyday covered the Hendrix version of "Hey Joe" in the same year he started racing carsand dabbled in slightly heavier psychedelic rock over the next couple Jolie Petite RockNRolleuse - Johnny Hallyday - Live At The Aladdin Theatre (CD years.
His title song for the film A Tout Casser in which he also starred featured Jimmy Page as a session guitarist, as did the aptly titled "Psychedelic. InHallyday 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 '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 his debauchery led to a year's separation from his wife, Sylvie Vartan. He also mounted a lavish tour dubbed the Album) 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 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. The following year, he and his family relocated to Los Angeles in order to escape a massive tax debt of around million francs. Hallyday collapsed on-stage during an August 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 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 Berger was partly responsible for 's "Quelque Chose de Tennessee," which became one of Hallyday 's biggest and best-known hits.
His romance with Baye ended inbut that year he dominated the charts with the Jean-Jacques Goldman -penned album Gangone 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.
Hallyday remarried Album) inthis time to Adeline Blondiau, Album), the daughter of a longtime Album) this too proved short-lived, and they divorced in In commemoration of Hallyday 's 50th birthday inhis entire catalog was reissued on CD with numerous compilations appearing thereafterand he gave a series of gala concerts in Paris.
Hallyday was awarded a Legion d'Honneur medal by French President Jacques Chirac inand the following year he gave spectacular concerts to close the World Cup soccer tournament and commemorate France's first championship. InHallyday returned with the successful new album Sang Pour Sangfor 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.
Shortly after its release, he announced that in he would retire from live performance after a farewell tour. One year later, inL'Attente made it ten straight French chart-toppers for Hallydayand he celebrated his 70th birthday in June of that year with several landmark events, including the collection Best of 70e Anniversaire. Rester Vivantproduced by Don Washad no trouble debuting at number one upon its release in late However, in March of Hallyday announced that he had lung cancer, and he died in December of that year at the age of Customer reviews.
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