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.niɛ(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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Hit parade 90 Various Artists 1
Hit parade du siècle Various Artists 1
Il était une fois les années 60 Various Artists 1
Le top 20 ans de Tubes, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Le top 20 ans de Tubes, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
Le top 20 ans de Tubes, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
Les Années 70's Various Artists 1
Les Années Twist Various Artists 1
Les Inoubliables Chansons, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Les plus beaux prénoms de la chanson Various Artists 1
Les Plus Belles Voix, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
Les Plus Grandes Chansons du Siècle, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
Magic Moments Various Artists 1
RTBF Sixties Collection - 1961 Various Artists 1
RTBF Sixties Collection - 1962 Various Artists 1
Salut les copains Various Artists 1
Salut les copains Various Artists 1
Singin’ Swingin’ Jazzin’ Various Artists 1
Sixties Collection 1963 Various Artists 1
Superstars de la chanson N°2 Various Artists 1
The Explosion of Rock'n Roll Various Artists 1
Tubes 6 Various Artists 1
Tubes des Années 60 Various Artists 1
Twist Around the World: Early 60's Twist Hits Various Artists 1
Vive la France Various Artists 1
Zomerhits Uit Frankrijk Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Live Lara Fabian 1
2001 Millésime: Live 00/01 Pascal Obispo 1
2005 Du temps pour toi Isabelle Boulay 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 15 août Various Artists 2
2001 Estrela guia Various Artists 1
2002 Vivante Various Artists 1
2003 The Good Thief Elliot Goldenthal 1
2011 Titeuf, le film Various Artists 3 1
2017 Chacun sa vie Francis Lai, Dimitri Naïditch & Laurent Couson 1
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du coran Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 RTL La Collection Various Artists 1
2012 Frankrijk Trilogie Chanson Vol. 2: Reizen, Eten, Vrijen Various Artists 1
Superstars de la Chanson Vol.1 Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Anthologie de la chanson francaise enregistrée 1973 Various Artists 1
Polystar 7 Various Artists 1

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