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Johnny Hallyday, the 'French Elvis', dies at 74 | Fab-book

France’s biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, the leather-trousered  “French Elvis” who sold more than 110million albums over a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 74.
His wife, Laeticia Hallyday, said on Wednesday: “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.”Hallyday had lung cancer.
The singer, whose hits were little known outside the French-speaking world, was the one who introduced US-style rock’n’roll to France in the 1960s.
Hallyday’s wife called the French president, Emmanuel Macron, at about 2am to inform him of Hallyday’s death.
In a statement, Macron wrote: “We will never forget the name, face, the voice or above all the concerts of Johnny Hallyday”.Later, Macron tweeted “we’ve all something of Johnny in us”, a musical reference to Hallyday’s 1985 hit Quelque chose de Tennessee ( Something of Tennessee).
His more than 55 years of stardom were marked by contradictions. He was musically talented, ranging from French ballads to blues, and from country and western to prog rock, and was sometimes seen as rebellious, but mostly adored by several generations for his comforting light touch especially when it came to his musics.

Hallyday’s passing brought forth a wave of emotion and tributes in France, with journalists calling him the country’s “last idol” and a “French legend”. “The king is dead”, read a headline in L’Obs magazine. In Paris, the Duroc metro stop was renamed Durock Johnny:
His fellow French rocker Eddy Mitchell said: “I’ve lost more than a friend, I’ve lost my brother.”
Hallyday was often mocked as an air-headed rocker, but he always said back that he was smarter than people thought. France is still morning and grieving for the loss of a great man within them and fans and lovers of his music join too in this grieve with the world sending tweets in grievance and acknowledgement of his passing. Hallyday might be dead but his songs leave within us.

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