"Johnny Hallyday" (born June 15, 1943 in Paris, France) is a French singer and actor.
An icon in the French-speaking world since the very beginning of his career, some consider him to be the French equivalent of Elvis Presley. Today Hallyday is still considered as France's number-one singer and is seen as an unbelievable stage performer, giving incredible shows in crowded stadiums. Yet Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of France and the other French-speaking countries.
Johnny Hallyday was born "Jean-Philippe Smet" in Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France, to a French mother Huguette and a Belgian father Leon Smet. His parents separated not long after his birth, so he was raised by his paternal aunt, Hélène Mar. (His pseudonym was borrowed from his cousin's friend, Lee Halliday). In January 2006, he started a procedure to receive Belgian citizenship. His request is now being reviewed by Belgium's naturalisation commission.
Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950's rock revolution, ''Johnny'', as he is popularly known, became famous in the 1960s from singing rock'n'roll in French. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on July 1, 1962 with American singing star ...