Impersonator accused of attempted murder of rival

EPINAL, France, June 14 (UPI) -- A Serge Gainsbourg impersonator in France said at his Friday trial for the attempted murder of a Johnny Hallyday impersonator that killing was not his goal.
Hallyday headed to LA hospital

Hallyday headed to LA hospital

PARIS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- French rocker Johnny Hallyday has left the Martinique hospital where he was treated for bronchitis, Radio France Internationale said Friday.
Hallyday stable after 'bad bronchitis'

Hallyday stable after 'bad bronchitis'

POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Singer-actor Johnny Hallyday, often called the French Elvis Presley, was stable Monday after being hospitalized with bronchitis, his producer said.
Johnny Hallyday still rocking France at 68

Johnny Hallyday still rocking France at 68

PARIS, July 16 (UPI) -- Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday says at 68 he is still too young retire.
Recuperating Hallyday leaves hospital

Recuperating Hallyday leaves hospital

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Johnny Hallyday's publicist says the French rocker has been discharged from the Los Angeles hospital where he underwent corrective surgery on his back.
Johnny Hallyday's doctor assaulted

Johnny Hallyday's doctor assaulted

PARIS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Police in Paris say they are looking for two men who assaulted French rocker Johnny Hallyday's surgeon during the weekend.

Singer Hallyday in coma with infection

PARIS, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- French rock singer Johnny Hallyday is in a drug-induced coma with an infection apparently brought about by a surgery, his producer says.
Rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalized

Rocker Johnny Hallyday hospitalized

PARIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- French rock star Johnny Hallyday has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for a post-operative infection he sustained after back surgery, his spokesman said.
Johnny Hallyday
Rocker and actor Johnny Hallyday arrives at a photocall for the film "Vengeance" at the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Johnny Hallyday (born Jean-Philippe Smet; 15 June 1943) is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he is considered by some to be the French Elvis Presley. His father, named Smet, was Belgian, but the young Hallyday got his artist name from his aunt's husband, American artist Lee Halliday (also a pseudonym).

Hallyday, whose music career has spanned a half-century, is one of France's biggest stars. He has completed 400 tours, had 18 platinum albums, performed in front of 25 million people, and sold more than 100 million records. Today Hallyday is still seen as a top stage performer, giving first class shows in crowded stadiums. Hallyday announced his retirement from performing on 3 December 2007 at the age of 64, after a farewell tour. The tour, known as "Tour 66", a play on his age during the tour (66) and the iconic American Route 66, is currently ongoing in 2009-2010.

Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock revolution, Johnny, as he is popularly known worldwide, became famous in the 1960s for singing rock and roll in French. His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960. He appeared on the American Ed Sullivan Show with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris. He also staged many appearances in the Paris Olympia under the management of the late Bruno Coquatrix. Many consider Hallyday to have developed well and become a greater performer in his later years, one of his best loved concerts being 100% Johnny: Live à La Tour Eiffel in 2000, which attracted an audience of 500,000 and 9.5 million television viewers (the show was broadcast live on French TV). In December 2005, Hallyday had his third number-one single in France, "Mon Plus Beau Noël" (after "Tous ensemble" and "Marie"), dedicated to his adopted daughter Jade. Shortly before announcing his retirement from touring, he released a blues-flavored album, Le Cœur d'un homme, on 12 November 2007. The album hit #1 in both France and French-speaking Belgium. In addition to the lead single "Always", Le Cœur d'un homme features "T'aimer si mal", a duet with bluesman Taj Mahal and "I Am the Blues", an English-language song written for Hallyday by U2 frontman Bono. His next album, Ça ne finira jamais, released in 2008, reached #1 on the French album chart, and its lead single, "Ça n'finira jamais", became his fourth #1 single in France. Hallyday's most recent album, also a #1 hit in France, is Tour 66: Stade de France 2009, a live set recorded at Stade de France during his farewell tour with appearences by Drexl Jonez on the guitar.

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