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Johnny Hallyday: Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book)

(2017/Mercury-France) 380 Tracks - Deluxe Longbox with 48 page photo book! Includes all of his studio albums from 1985-2005, incl. Singles and rarities and 40 bonus tracks, his most live recordings from this decades! A real classy set of one of France's greatest entertainers! MM/Bear Family Records

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  • Interpret: Johnny Hallyday

  • Album titlle: Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2017
  • Label Universal Music

  • Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0600753740651

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Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 1
01 Lorada Johnny Hallyday
02 Est-Ce Que Tu Me Veux Encore? Johnny Hallyday
03 Rester Libre Johnny Hallyday
04 Le Regard Des Autres Johnny Hallyday
05 Lady Lucille Johnny Hallyday
06 Un Rêve À Faire Johnny Hallyday
07 J'la Croise Tous Les Matins Johnny Hallyday
08 Chercher Les Anges Johnny Hallyday
09 Tout Feu Toute Femme Johnny Hallyday
10 Quand Le Masque Tombe Johnny Hallyday
11 Ami Johnny Hallyday
12 Aime-Moi Johnny Hallyday
13 Ne M'oublié Pas Johnny Hallyday
14 Jamais Johnny Hallyday
15 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
16 Mama Johnny Hallyday
17 Fool For Love Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 2
01 Introduction Musicale Johnny Hallyday
02 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
03 Lady Lucille Johnny Hallyday
04 J'la Croise Tous Les Matins Johnny Hallyday
05 Hot Legs Johnny Hallyday
06 Diego, Libre Dans Sa Tête Johnny Hallyday
07 Fool For The Blues Johnny Hallyday
08 Oh ! Ma Jolie Sarah Johnny Hallyday
09 Chercher Les Anges Johnny Hallyday
10 Tes Tendres Années Johnny Hallyday
11 Loving You Johnny Hallyday
12 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You) Johnny Hallyday
13 That's All Right Mama Johnny Hallyday
14 Cours Plus Vite Charlie Johnny Hallyday
15 Be-Bop-A-Lula Johnny Hallyday
16 Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll Pour Moi Johnny Hallyday
17 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 3
01 Carole Johnny Hallyday
02 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
03 Le Feu Johnny Hallyday
04 Fils De Personne Johnny Hallyday
05 Quand Le Masque Tombe Johnny Hallyday
06 Are The Chances Gone Johnny Hallyday
07 L' Envie Johnny Hallyday
08 Requiem Pour Un Fou Johnny Hallyday
09 Dégage Johnny Hallyday
10 Ne M'oublié Pas Johnny Hallyday
11 L' Hymne À L'amour Johnny Hallyday
12 Hey Joe Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 4
01 Je Vais Te Secouer Johnny Hallyday
02 Miss Claudie Johnny Hallyday
03 Memphis Est Loin D'ici Johnny Hallyday
04 La Ville Des Âmes En Peine Johnny Hallyday
05 Dans Le Bayou Johnny Hallyday
06 High Heel Sneakers Johnny Hallyday
07 Sur La Route De Memphis Johnny Hallyday
08 Chanter Pour Toi Johnny Hallyday
09 Love Me Tender Johnny Hallyday
10 Rouler Sur La Rivière Johnny Hallyday
11 Jolie Petite Rock'n'rolleuse Johnny Hallyday
12 Monnaie Monnaie Johnny Hallyday
13 Comme Un Roc Johnny Hallyday
14 Rock'n'Roll Man Johnny Hallyday
15 Rien Que Huit Jours Johnny Hallyday
16 Quand Ça Vous Brise Le Cour Johnny Hallyday
17 Johnny Reviens ! Johnny Hallyday
18 Frankie Et Johnny Johnny Hallyday
19 O Carole Johnny Hallyday
20 Blue Suede Shoes Johnny Hallyday
21 Tutti Frutti Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 5
01 Ce Que Je Sais Johnny Hallyday
02 Chacun Cherche Son Cour Johnny Hallyday
03 Plus Près De Vous Johnny Hallyday
04 Allumer Le Feu Johnny Hallyday
05 Debout Johnny Hallyday
06 C'est En France Johnny Hallyday
07 Les Moulins À Vent Johnny Hallyday
08 Seul Johnny Hallyday
09 Nos Limites Johnny Hallyday
10 C'est La Vie Qui Veut Ça Johnny Hallyday
11 L' Eldorado Johnny Hallyday
12 Que Ma Harley Repose En Paix Johnny Hallyday
13 Le Temps Passer Johnny Hallyday
14 Regarde-Moi T'aimer Johnny Hallyday
15 Regarde-Moi T'aimer Johnny Hallyday
16 Le Chant Des Partisans Johnny Hallyday
17 Chanson D'emilie Jolie Et Du Grand Oiseau Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 6
01 Intro Johnny Hallyday
02 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
03 Rock'n'Roll Man Johnny Hallyday
04 Je Veux Te Graver Dans Ma Vie Johnny Hallyday
05 La Fille Aux Cheveux Clairs Johnny Hallyday
06 Noir C'est Noir Johnny Hallyday
07 Les Coups Johnny Hallyday
08 Jusqu'à Minuit Johnny Hallyday
09 Je Suis Seul Johnny Hallyday
10 Knock On Wood/Aussi Dur Que Du Bois Medley
11 Derrière L'amour Johnny Hallyday
12 Rock'n'Roll Attitude Johnny Hallyday
13 Oh! Ma Jolie Sarah Johnny Hallyday
14 Et Puis Je Sais Johnny Hallyday
15 Medley Unplugged Johnny Hallyday
16 Joue Pas De Rock'n'roll Pour Moi Johnny Hallyday
17 Salut Charlie Johnny Hallyday
18 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 7
01 Je Suis Né Dans La Rue Johnny Hallyday
02 Le Pénitencier Johnny Hallyday
03 La Génération Perdue Johnny Hallyday
04 Le Bon Temps Du Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
05 Introduction Symphonique Johnny Hallyday
06 Que Je T'aime Johnny Hallyday
07 Ce Que Je Sais Johnny Hallyday
08 Requiem Pour Un Fou Johnny Hallyday
09 Diego, Libre Dans Sa Tête Johnny Hallyday
10 L' Envie Johnny Hallyday
11 J'la Croise Tous Les Matins Johnny Hallyday
12 Cet Homme Que Voilà Johnny Hallyday
13 Mon P'tit Loup Johnny Hallyday
14 O Carole Johnny Hallyday
15 Dégage Johnny Hallyday
16 Allumer Le Feu Johnny Hallyday
17 Sur Ma Vie Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 8
01 Sang Pour Sang Johnny Hallyday
02 Le Poids De Mes Maux Johnny Hallyday
03 Quelques Cris Johnny Hallyday
04 Un Jour Viendra Johnny Hallyday
05 Notre Histoire Johnny Hallyday
06 Les Larmes De Gloire Johnny Hallyday
07 Si Tu M'aimais Johnny Hallyday
08 Remise De Peine Johnny Hallyday
09 Partie De Cartes Johnny Hallyday
10 Pardon Johnny Hallyday
11 Ex Johnny Hallyday
12 Je T'aime Comme Je Respire Johnny Hallyday
13 Vivre Pour Le Meilleur Johnny Hallyday
14 Heartbreak Hotel Johnny Hallyday
15 Tryin' To Get To You Johnny Hallyday
16 (Let Me Be) Your Teddy Bear Johnny Hallyday
17 Love Me Tender Johnny Hallyday
18 Le Parapluie Johnny Hallyday
19 À Propos De Mon Père Johnny Hallyday
20 Non Je Ne Regrette Rien Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 9
01 Entre Nous Johnny Hallyday
02 Dis-Le Moi Johnny Hallyday
03 Marie Johnny Hallyday
04 Ne Reviens Pas Johnny Hallyday
05 J'ai Rêvé De Nous Johnny Hallyday
06 Pense À Moi Johnny Hallyday
07 Laisse-Moi Tomber Johnny Hallyday
08 Face Au Monde Johnny Hallyday
09 Personne D'autre Johnny Hallyday
10 Une Femme Johnny Hallyday
11 Ceux Qui Parlent Aux Étoiles Johnny Hallyday
12 Si C'était À Refaire Johnny Hallyday
13 L' Instinct Johnny Hallyday
14 Je N'ai Jamais Pleuré Johnny Hallyday
15 M'arrêter Là Johnny Hallyday
16 Trouve-Moi Des Mots Johnny Hallyday
17 Un Homme Libre Johnny Hallyday
18 Je Me Souviens Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 10
01 Des Hommes Johnny Hallyday
02 Chanter N'est Pas Jouer Johnny Hallyday
03 Elle Veut Ma Vie Johnny Hallyday
04 Arrête Le Temps Johnny Hallyday
05 Au Bord Des Routes Johnny Hallyday
06 Entre Chiens Et Loup Johnny Hallyday
07 Un Monde A Part Johnny Hallyday
08 Pauvres Diables Johnny Hallyday
09 Qu'est-Ce Qu'on Attend Pour Être Heureux Johnny Hallyday
10 Tous Ensemble Johnny Hallyday
11 Tout Au Bout De Nos Peines Johnny Hallyday
12 Fils De Personne Johnny Hallyday
13 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
14 Que Restera-T-Il Johnny Hallyday
15 Diego Johnny Hallyday
16 Le Pénitencier Johnny Hallyday
17 Essayez Johnny Hallyday
18 M'arrêter Là Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 11
01 Le Chanteur Abandonné Johnny Hallyday
02 Qui Ose Aimer Johnny Hallyday
03 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
04 Equipe De Nuit Johnny Hallyday
05 Le Xblouse De L'infirmière Johnny Hallyday
06 Rock'n'Roll Attitude Johnny Hallyday
07 Seul Mais Pas Solitaire Johnny Hallyday
08 Parker, Connais Pas Johnny Hallyday
09 Aimer Vivre Johnny Hallyday
10 Pendue A Mon Cou Johnny Hallyday
11 Rock'n'roll Attitude Johnny Hallyday
12 Le Chanteur Abandonné Johnny Hallyday
13 Que Je T'aime Johnny Hallyday
14 Le Bon Temps Du Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
15 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 12
01 L'Envie Johnny Hallyday
02 Je T'attends Johnny Hallyday
03 J'oublierai Ton Nom Johnny Hallyday
04 Toute Seule Johnny Hallyday
05 Je Te Promets Johnny Hallyday
06 Laura Johnny Hallyday
07 Tu Peux Chercher Johnny Hallyday
08 Dans Mes NuitsOn Oublié Johnny Hallyday
09 Ton Fils Johnny Hallyday
10 Encore Johnny Hallyday
11 Dans Mes NuitsOn Oublié Johnny Hallyday
12 Ma Gueule Johnny Hallyday
13 Je Te Promets Johnny Hallyday
14 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
15 L' Envie Johnny Hallyday
16 J'oublierai Ton Nom Johnny Hallyday
17 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 13
01 Rock'n'Roll Attitude Johnny Hallyday
02 Dans Mes Nuits On Oublié Johnny Hallyday
03 Pendue À Mon Cou Johnny Hallyday
04 Mon P'tit Loup (Ca Va Faire Mal) Johnny Hallyday
05 Laura Johnny Hallyday
06 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On Johnny Hallyday
07 Le Feu Johnny Hallyday
08 L' Envie Johnny Hallyday
09 Le Bon Temps Du Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
10 J'oublierai Ton Nom Johnny Hallyday
11 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
12 Je T'attends Johnny Hallyday
13 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
14 Aimer Vivre Johnny Hallyday
15 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 14
01 Les Vautours Johnny Hallyday
02 Mirador Johnny Hallyday
03 Rien A Jeter Johnny Hallyday
04 Himalaya Johnny Hallyday
05 Possible En Moto Johnny Hallyday
06 Cadillac Johnny Hallyday
07 Si J'étais Moi Johnny Hallyday
08 L'Etoile Solitaire Johnny Hallyday
09 C'est Du Vent Johnny Hallyday
10 Le Testament D'un Poète Johnny Hallyday
11 Back To The Blues Johnny Hallyday
12 Intro Cadillac Johnny Hallyday
13 Cadillac Johnny Hallyday
14 Vietnam Vet Johnny Hallyday
15 Rouler Vers L'ouest Johnny Hallyday
16 Pirate De L'air Johnny Hallyday
17 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
18 Je Ne Suis Pas Un Héros Johnny Hallyday
19 Diego (Libre Dans Sa Tête) Johnny Hallyday
20 Mystery Train Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 15
01 Tout Pour Te Déplaire Johnny Hallyday
02 Roxy Baby Johnny Hallyday
03 Dans Un An Ou Un Jour Johnny Hallyday
04 Ce Jeu-Là Johnny Hallyday
05 Le Nom Que Tu Portes Johnny Hallyday
06 Ca Ne Change Pas Un Homme Johnny Hallyday
07 Cadillac Man Johnny Hallyday
08 Et Puis Je Sais Johnny Hallyday
09 True To You Johnny Hallyday
10 Amour Facile Johnny Hallyday
11 La Guitare Fait Mal Johnny Hallyday
12 Une Journée Johnny Hallyday
13 Pour Exister Johnny Hallyday
14 Tien An Men Johnny Hallyday
15 True To You Johnny Hallyday
16 Loving You Johnny Hallyday
17 La Guitare Fait Mal Johnny Hallyday
18 Je Serai Là Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 16
01 Intro Parc Des Princes '93 Johnny Hallyday
02 L'Idole Des Jeunes Johnny Hallyday
03 Je Suis Né Dans La Rue Johnny Hallyday
04 Mon P'tit Loup (Ca Va Faire Mal) Johnny Hallyday
05 Je Serai La Johnny Hallyday
06 Pas Cette Chanson Medley
07 O Carole Johnny Hallyday
08 Entre Mes Mains Johnny Hallyday
09 Cours Plus Vite Charlie Johnny Hallyday
10 La Bagarre Johnny Hallyday
11 Mirador Johnny Hallyday
12 Oh ! Ma Jolie Sarah Johnny Hallyday
13 J'ai Oublié De Vivre Johnny Hallyday
14 Noir C'est Noir Johnny Hallyday
15 Medley Rhythm 'n' Blues Johnny Hallyday
16 Je Suis Né Dans La Rue Johnny Hallyday
17 O Carole Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 17
01 Le Chanteur Abandonné Johnny Hallyday
02 Pour Moi La Vie Va Commencer Medley
03 La Fille De L'été Dernier Johnny Hallyday
04 Hey Joe Johnny Hallyday
05 Le Pénitencier Johnny Hallyday
06 Laura Johnny Hallyday
07 Requiem Pour Un Fou Johnny Hallyday
08 Ma Gueule Johnny Hallyday
09 Souvenirs Souvenirs Medley
10 Que Je T'aime Johnny Hallyday
11 Le Chanteur Abandonné Johnny Hallyday
12 Hey Joe Johnny Hallyday
13 Laura Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 18
01 Gabrielle Johnny Hallyday
02 Fils De Personne Johnny Hallyday
03 Quelque Chose De Tennessee Johnny Hallyday
04 Elle Est Terrible Johnny Hallyday
05 Tes Tendres Années Johnny Hallyday
06 Le Feu Johnny Hallyday
07 L' Envie Johnny Hallyday
08 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
09 Excuse-Moi Partenaire Johnny Hallyday
10 Happy Birthday Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
11 Rock'n'roll Man Johnny Hallyday
12 Le Bon Temps Du Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
13 Mon P'tit Loup Johnny Hallyday
14 La Musique Que J'aime Johnny Hallyday
15 Excuse-Moi Partenaire Johnny Hallyday
16 Happy Birthday Rock'n'Roll Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 19
01 Fool For The Blues Johnny Hallyday
02 I Wanna Make Love To You Johnny Hallyday
03 Love Affair Johnny Hallyday
04 Hurricane Johnny Hallyday
05 Can't Stop Wanting You Johnny Hallyday
06 Are The Chances Gone Johnny Hallyday
07 Rough Town Johnny Hallyday
08 Lightning Johnny Hallyday
09 Dry Spell Johnny Hallyday
10 You're Mine Johnny Hallyday
11 Before You Change Your Mind Johnny Hallyday
12 It's A Long Way Home Johnny Hallyday
13 Crazy Over You Johnny Hallyday
14 Blue Moon Rising Johnny Hallyday
15 One Moment In Your Life Johnny Hallyday
16 Gimme Some Lovin' Johnny Hallyday
Hallyday, Johnny - Hallyday 1985-2005 (20-CD Book) CD 20
01 S'il N'est Pas Trop Tard Johnny Hallyday
02 Ma Religion Dans Son Regard Johnny Hallyday
03 La Paix Johnny Hallyday
04 Le Temps Passe Johnny Hallyday
05 Si Tu Pars Johnny Hallyday
06 Clémence Johnny Hallyday
07 Ce Qui Ne Tue Pas Nous Rend Plus Fort Johnny Hallyday
08 Mon Plus Beau Noël Johnny Hallyday
09 Te Savoir Près De Moi Johnny Hallyday
10 Ma Vérité Johnny Hallyday
11 Elle S'en Moque Johnny Hallyday
12 Affronte-Moi Johnny Hallyday
13 Apprendre À Aimer Johnny Hallyday
14 Je Prendrai Soin De Vous Johnny Hallyday
15 Tu Es Elle Johnny Hallyday
16 Il Faut Savoir Johnny Hallyday
17 Jeune Pour Toujours Johnny Hallyday
18 Elle Est Terrible Johnny Hallyday
19 On Veut Des Légendes Johnny Hallyday
Johnny Hallyday The death of Johnny Hallyday! He is the biggest rocker and entertainer... more
"Johnny Hallyday"

Johnny Hallyday

The death of Johnny Hallyday!

He is the biggest rocker and entertainer that France ever gave to the world. He knew how to rock'n'roll, he knew how to sing country and ballads, and he sang the French Chanson. He is an institution in France. Jean Philip Smet aka Johnny Hallyday has died at the age of 74 of a cancer disease. 

Johnny Hallyday has an extraordinary biography. Born on June 15, 1943 in the Nazi occupied capital Paris as Jean Philipe Smet, he grew up with his aunt. She adopted him and married the American artist Lee Hallyday. As a kid Johnny saw more circus big tops than school class rooms. At age 15 he started to sing and perform and introduced himself as Johnny Hallyday to thank is adopting parents for. The first step to a tremendous career was done.

Johnny's first record was released in early 1960 on Vogue and till the end of the year a million copies were sold. Hallydays shows were wild and similar to other rock'n'roll riots elsewhere Hallyday's shows created much trouble.

He was touring also in the USA, recorded in Nashville with Shelby Singleton a series of Rock'n'Roll, Twist and Country albums. He also acted in classic French movies and worked on its soundtracks. He filled whole stadiums with his shows and especially those from Paris' Olympia are legendary. 

From 2006 Johnny Hallyday lived in Switzerland and moved to Los Angeles, California in 2013. In March 2017 Johnny Hallyday announced that he got lung cancer he died of in the night to the 6. December 2017.

 

Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday had an unusual childhood. Adopted by an aunt who married American acrobat Lee Hallyday, Johnny attended more circus tents than the school as a child. When he first sang at the age of 15, he introduced himself as Johnny Hallyday to thank his adoptive parents. Nobody could guess at this time that this boy would one day become the idol of a whole generation. His first record was recorded in early 1960, by the end of the year, 1 million were already sold. Johnny Hallyday adores Elvis Presley and apes him as best he can. He can do it pretty well. The young audience - only the young? - is so enthusiastic that at every event the furniture is demolished. Often the police have to fight tear gas against the fanatical pack.

That has not happened in France yet. Nobody from the critics, however, believes that this fever would continue. "In a year this Johnny Hallyday is already forgotten," they thought. Error. Today, after more than 15 years, Johnny Hallyday is still the idol, the apostle, even the god of a novel religion whose bible remains incomprehensible to adults. Johnny Hallyday the rocker, the hippie, the crooner seems to be obsessed by invisible demons: he roars, he rages and the audience raves along. Privately he is calm, almost shy. In 1967 he married Sylvie Vartan, the female counterpart to Johnny Hallyday. About 25 million records have been sold so far. A star that Germany has not yet discovered.
Original Press Release: Phonogram GmbH

 

In common with most European rock & roll artists of the late '50 and early '60s, Johnny Hallyday's music grew in the giant shadow cast from the United States. And, like most of his contemporaries, Hallyday nourished the dream of both recording and having a hit record in the States. Hallyday's connection to North American showbusiness traditions was stronger than that of most of his contemporaries. He had been raised by an American dan-cer, Lee Ketcham, who had first ventured to France with the touring company of `Oklahoma'. He appeared with his wife Desta, as Lee and Desta Hallyday. Ketcham actually came from Tulsa, Oklahoma and adopted the young Jean-Philippe Smet (Johnny Hallyday) who was a cousin of Desta.

By 1962, Hallyday had become the brightest star in the French pop music scene. Under the tutelage of Johnny Stark (who later managed Mireille Mathieu), Hallyday had developed a uniquely Gallic stance on rock & roll. After several visits to the United States with Ketcham, he began to pressure his record company, Philips, to let him record in the States and release records there. At that time, Shelby Singleton was head of the New York and Nashville A&R of-fices of Mercury Records, which was a North American subsidiary of Philips. "At that time," recalled Singleton, "Philips wanted us to take their top singers from each country and try to develop them in the USA. We took Nana Mouskouri for example and tried to get her some exposure in the States. We tried as a reciprocal thing. All the costs of recording, promotion and so on were borne by the French company. Most entertainers who are big in one territory want to be big all over the world and in order to satisfy Hallyday, Philips promised him he would get records released in North America. Maybe his contract was coming up for renewal. That sort of thing happened a lot at contract renewal."

Hallyday arrived in New York at some point in early 1962 and performed as the S.S. France docked at the close of its maiden voyage. Singleton then brought him to Nashville and placed him in the company of that city's A-team of pickers led by Jerry Kennedy. They worked their way through a catalogue of oldies and stand-ards. "Most of those songs had never been hits in France," asserted Singleton, "and I felt as though the treatment of the songs was different enough that they might stand a chance here." The first single drawn from the session, Shake The Hand Of A Fool, came from the pen of Singleton's first wife, Margie and it secured a fair amount of radio play. Singleton secured a slot for Hallyday on American Bandstand but the singer had a datebookfull of higher grossing commitments back home. In order to ensure that they recouped the cost of the sessions, Philips took some of the songs and re-recorded the vocal part in French for the local market. How-ever, the English version was released in other territories in which Philips was trying to break Hallyday.

Two years later, there was a frenzy in North America for British artists. Even the weakest were indiscrimately signed up and released there. Philips tried again with Hallyday, releasing some more of his recordings in North America but the vogue for British groups did not generalise to Johnny Hallyday and he remained a phenomenon only in French speaking countries. Singleton and Hallyday met again in 1976 when Hallyday was recording in Mem-phis. "He called me out of the blue one day," recalled Singleton, who had started his own labels in 1968. "He was over in Memphis cutting some sides and he didn't like what was coming off. He wanted to come to Nashville and finish the sessions so I produced him for Philips. He stayed about ten days. I got a vocal sound he really liked and he tried to buy the microphones off me after the sessions. He said I made him sound like it was the nearly '60s again." North American success notwithstanding, Johnny Hallyday remains one of the biggest stars in French entertainment.

Philips took a bold gamble trying to break him in the United States at a time when few Europeans had made an impact there. Paradoxically, his success at home meant that Hallyday barely stood a chance in the North America because he simply could not afford to take the time to start at the bottom of the ladder. However, these sessions show that Hallyday had indeed mastered the essence of rock & roll and was able to perform it with conviction in its birthplace. In a career marked by experiments, this stands as one of the most suc-cessful.
COLIN ESCOTT Toronto. November 1989.

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