Johnny Hallyday is gone but the icon remains…
With a dazzling career start in the late ’50s, Johnny Hallyday never lost a fan along the way. In 60 years of career and nearly 110 million albums sold, he has rallied generations and generations to a cause he loved so much: the Rock’n Roll. He was called “the French Elvis” abroad and he had actually adopted the style of the King at the beginning, admitting to have been strongly influenced by the American singer.
As the French President Macron said this morning: “From Johnny Hallyday we will not forget the name, the Face, the voice, or especially the interpretations, which, with this crude and sensitive lyricism, still belong today. To the history of French song, he has brought a part of America into our national pantheon. ”
Over the last two years, many musical legends have left us but today one of the greatest French artists, if not the biggest in terms of public image, has left, and with him, a whole generation feels suddenly left out.
My mother has infected me since childhood with her passion for music and I think of her today. My mom who has always claimed to be the biggest fan of Johnny or Jojo, as he was called in France, as if he were the best friend of everybody.
He was the biggest rock star in France, a real icon that will remain forever in our memories because of his songs, his incredible shows and a stage presence that just a few artists still have today.
Unfortunately, life continues to unfold and engulf all these artists over time. But the memories are still there, and that’s how the legends are created, and this evening thanks to my mother, I can clearly say i have seen him once on stage 10 years ago, and I will be able to testify to his undeniable talent and tell his legend …