Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

John Hallyday, pioneer of rock 'n' roll in France, dies at 74

John Hallyday, pioneer of rock 'n' roll in France, dies at 74

Agence France Presse reports that the performer has been battling lung cancer for some time now.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris in 1943, Hallyday would go on to sell over 100 million records over his long and illustrious music career.

He was made a Chevalier of the Legion D'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

The leather-clad would-be Elvis, known simply as Johnny, announced in March he had been diagnosed with the disease and would undergo treatment.

French singer, actor, and rock star Johnny Hallyday passed away today at the age of 74. But yet, it's true.

"There is something of Johnny in all of us", the French presidency said in a statement on news of his death.

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

Among those to pay tribute was Richie Sambora, the guitarist with United States rock band Bon Jovi.In a French-language tribute, singer Celine Dion called him "a legend of showbusiness".

Dubbed the "French Elvis", Hallyday became a hero to France's youth with his music, his style and attitude in the 1950s and 60s much in the same way Elvis Presley, a huge influence of his, had done in the U.S.

"He introduced rock and roll to France".

The rocker "lived his entire life wholly for his fans, who loved him and idolised him", she added.

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