He Was the Elvis Presley of France: Johnny Hallyday Dies at 74

Dec 6, 2017  •  Post A Comment

“Johnny Hallyday, France’s rock ‘n’ roll icon has died, the French president’s office said in a statement on Wednesday,” CNN reports.

The story adds that Hallyday was 74 and “had announced that he was being treated for cancer last March, CNN affiliate BFM reported.”

France’s president Emmanuel Macron’s statement added, “We have a piece of Johnny Hallyday inside every one of us. The public today is in tears, and the whole country mourns,” CNN reports.

The story also explains that “While the French Elvis was hardly known by many Americans, in the French-speaking world there was only one ‘Johnny.’

Notes the BBC, Hallyday, “sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in a career that began in 1960.”

The BBC news story also says that USA Today “once described [Hallyday] as ‘the greatest rock star you never heard of.’”

In this video that we found on YouTube, Hallyday performs at the Beacon theatre in New York in 2012 with Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones:

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  1. RIP, Johnny. Incidentally, the following passage about Presley perfectly applies to Johnny. And I quote: “He never understood the artistic claims that were made for him, probably thought very little of the nature of his appeal, or his music; yet, as author Greil Marcus points out in “Mystery Train”, it is possible to see (all that) as a positive factor; Presley viewed “rock and roll” as for the body, not the mind, so he recorded and performed accordingly; and, if much of his rock music sounds superficial, it was thanks to his undoubted vocal talent and extraordinary charisma that, at least, it was all gloriously superficial and celebratory; he knew better than to take it seriously and, in doing so, he become the consummate rock figure, one that defined its spirit by delighting in its very limitations. Unquote Stephen Bernard, in his book “Popular Music, Volume I: Folk or Popular?

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