On Tuesday night, his wife confirmed that global music sensation Johnny Hallyday passed away. The rock n’ roll legend who was France's best-selling artist for several decades died at the age of 74.
Hallyday rose to fame in the 1960s and became known as the Elvis of France. According to People, the way that he sang, danced, and engaged the audience brought a revolution in France’s music scene.
The singer was born in 1943 to a Parisian mother and a Belgian singer, though he was abandoned as an infant. He was raised by his two aunts and uncle who were all trained dancers. Hallyday’s debut in the entertainment industry was in 1956 in Copenhagen as part of his uncle’s tour.
Hallyday’s music debut was on New Year’s Eve in 1960 and he was quickly signed to a recording contract. His persona on stage was pulled together by multiple styles including rock, blues, and crooning. His songs combined soul, rock, R&B, heavy metal, and even country.
Eventually, Hallyday became the best known and best-selling artist for about six decades. He also participated in films for several highly acclaimed directors.
Sadly, Hallyday passed away after a battle with lung cancer. He was only 74 at the time of his death.
Hallyday’s wife, Laeticia, wrote a statement about her husband’s death.
She said, “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us. He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”
Several others have spoken out about the singer’s death, including music icon Celine Dion.
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