Johnny Hallyday

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Jean-Philippe Léo Smet (15 June 1943 – 5 December 2017), better known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday (French: [dʒɔ.ni a.li.dɛ(j)]), was a French rock and roll and pop singer and actor, credited for having brought rock and roll to France.

During a career spanning 57 years, he released 79 albums and sold more than 110 million records worldwide, mainly in the French-speaking world, making him one of the best-selling artists in France and in the world. He won 5 diamond albums, 40 golden albums, 22 platinum albums and 10 Music Victories. He sang nearly 1,154 songs and performed 540 duets with 187 artists. Credited for his strong voice and his spectacular shows, he sometimes arrived by entering a stadium through the crowd and one time by jumping from a helicopter above the Stade de France, where he has performed 9 times. Among his 3,257 shows completed in 187 tours, the most memorable were at Bercy in 1993, at the Stade de France in 1998 (just after France's win in the Football World Cup) and at the Eiffel Tower in 2000, which are all regarded as record-breaking performances in terms of ticket sales for a French artist. A million spectators gathered to see his performance at the Eiffel Tower, joined by 9 million more watching on TV.

Usually working with the best French artists and musicians of his time, he most notably collaborated with Charles Aznavour, Michel Sardou, Michel Berger and Jean-Jacques Goldman, while his shows were produced by Jean-Claude Camus, considered to be one of the greatest producers in France.

Hugely popular in France, he was usually referred to as simply "Johnny" and seen as a "national monument" (the only one since Edith Piaf) and a part of the French cultural legacy. His exceptional longevity in public life made him a familiar figure for four generations and a symbol of the Thirty Glorious Years when he emerged in 1960. More than 2,500 magazine covers and 190 books have been dedicated to him during his lifetime. His personal life has been greatly exposed to the public, making him one of the persons most widely covered by the media in France along with Charles de Gaulle, Dalida and Brigitte Bardot during the 1960s. His death from cancer in 2017 was followed by a "popular tribute" during which a million people attended the procession and 15 million others watched the ceremony on TV. However, he remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world where he was dubbed "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" and introduced as the French version of Elvis Presley.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 100 tubes pour danser les années 60 Various Artists 1
2003 Encyclopédie de la Chanson Française Various Artists 1
2003 Ils chantent Michel Berger Various Artists 1
2003 La sélection du club, le meilleur de la variété française (disc 1) Various Artists 1
2003 Pop à Paris, Volume 3 : C'est la mode Various Artists 1
2003 Pop à Paris, Volume 4 : Minet Jerk Various Artists 1
2003 This Guitar Kills Jimmy Page 1
2004 50 ans de chansons à l'Olympia, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Sunnyside Cafe Series: Pop à Paris: Rock n’ Roll and Mini Skirts, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Sunnyside Cafe Series: Pop à Paris: More Rock n’ Roll and Mini Skirts, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Lara Fabian Lara Fabian 1
2004 Les Grands Succès de la variété française, Vol. 4: Les Années 1960 Various Artists 1
2005 Solidarité Asie Various Artists 1
2005 Vic van de Reijt Présente: Les Meilleurs 69 Various Artists 1
2006 Les Grandes Dames de la chanson française Various Artists 1
2006 Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes Pour Faire La Fête Various Artists 3 1
2006 Teen Town USA, Volume 16 Various Artists 1
2007 Les Grands de la chanson française Various Artists 1
2007 House of the Rising Sun Various Artists 1
2007 100 Franse Klassiekers Various Artists 1
2007 La France et les Beatles, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2007 La Vie en France Various Artists 1
2007 Les 100 plus grands tubes 70s Various Artists 1
2007 Ljuva Franska Sånger Various Artists 1
2007 Prêt-à-porter Various Artists 1
2007 Testament van de Sixties Various Artists 1
2008 Les 50 plus belles chansons Florent Pagny 1
2008 Triple Best Of Florent Pagny 1
2008 100 Franse Klassiekers, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2008 Caracter Latino 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Play Summer: Good Music, Re-visited Various Artists 1
2009 Les Tubes RTL 2009 Various Artists 1
2009 100 hits RTL des 50 dernières années Various Artists 1
2009 Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons Françaises 1960 - 2000 Various Artists 1
2009 Rock & Roll Star: 30 años / 1980-2010 Loquillo 2
2009 Salut les copains 1959-1969 : Les Années radio Various Artists 1
2009 Années 60 Various Artists 1
2010 1960-2010 : 50 ans de hits Various Artists 1
2010 Best Of Lara Fabian 3 2
2010 Geniesser Lounge: Bistro Paris Various Artists 1
2010 Ultratop 15 ans Various Artists 1
2010 A Night In France Various Artists 1
2010 Ici la France Various Artists 1
2010 Nostalgie Various Artists 2
2010 Salut les copains 1959-1969 : Les années Radio, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2010 Salut les Copains, Volume 3 : 1969-1976 : Les Années magazine Various Artists 1
2011 Francis Lai & Claude Lelouch: L'Intégrale Francis Lai 3
2011 Belle France Various Artists 1
2011 Champs Élysées, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2011 100 tubes pour danser Various Artists 1
2011 Nostalgie présente : 100 chansons françaises de légende Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… France Various Artists 1
2012 Une femme qui chante : Intégrale Barbara 1
2012 Âge tendre et têtes de bois Various Artists 1
2012 Les 100 plus belles chansons d'amour, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 Musique pop de Paris Various Artists 1
2012 Parisienne Affair: Les hommes chantent Various Artists 1
2013 Millésimes Pascal Obispo 3
2013 MFM Radio : Les 100 titres cultes de la chanson française Various Artists 1
2013 5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles and Twistin' Tracks Chubby Checker 1
2013 Les Francofolies de Spa - Coffret 20 ans Various Artists 1
2013 Mega Chansons Francaises : Special Idoles Various Artists 1
2013 Simply France Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1961 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1968 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Formidable! 40 Franse Chansons van Stromae tot Aznavour Various Artists 1
2014 Top 50 : 30 ans − 1984 | 1993 Various Artists 1
2014 Génération Top 50, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1966 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1967 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Les Hits 1969 : Salut les copains Various Artists 1
2014 Les Plus Grands Tubes Noël Various Artists 1
2015 Top 50 - 30 Ans (100 Tubes), Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2015 30 ans Victoires de la Musique Various Artists 1
2015 80 Hits - Années 60 Various Artists 1
2015 80 Hits - Années 70 Various Artists 1
2015 80 Hits - Années 2000 Various Artists 1
2015 Jukebox Hits Various Artists 1
2016 Les Artistes RTL 2016 Various Artists 1
2016 Les années 90 c'était mieux avant Various Artists 1
2016 80 Hits - Années 80 volume 2 Various Artists 1
2016 C'était mieux avant : Les années 2000 Various Artists 1
1973 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson francaise : 1962 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson francaise enregistrée : 1961 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson française enregistrée : 1971 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson française enregistrée : 1976 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson française enregistrée : 1977 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson française enregistrée : 1979 Various Artists 1
Anthologie de la chanson française enregistrée 1969 Various Artists 1
Au cœur des slows, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Ces années là ! 62 Various Artists 1
Cette année là Various Artists 1
Chansons éternelles volume 2 Various Artists 1
Des chansons en or Various Artists 1
Driving Music 2 Various Artists 1
Duos inédits Isabelle Boulay 1
Générations rock'n'roll Various Artists 1
Hit Connection 2003-3 Various Artists 1
Hit Express 99 Various Artists 1

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