French Music Legend Rocks the Big 70!!!! but wait…..there’s more! – Johnny Hallyday – France’s Elvis – who once said he couldn’t imagine himself singing at age 70, now says he expects to be warbling at 80!
And, hey, why not? After hitting the big “70” recently – celebrated by a nationally televised “spectacle”, featuring a selection of his musical pals – the fawning adoration of an arena full of fans confirmed Johnny’s status as the “numero uno” of French Rock Music.
Although he can’t get arrested outside of France – as I detailed in THIS POST – here in the land of strikes, “manefestations” ,(that’s “demonstrations “to us folks from “over there.”) and red tape up the yin-yang, “Johnny” is not just an aging rocker – but, more importantly – a cultural icon.
French music journalist Bertrand Dicale put it this way….
“Every country has a Johnny Hallyday. Johnny is the embodiment of something essentially French. He represents our way of looking at life”
DA BG hastens to add the obvious. That NOT all French are “looking at life” from the “Johnny” point of view.
Dicale continues: ”
“He is the embodiment not of rock ‘n’ roll but of France’s idea of rock ‘n’ roll. He is rock ‘n’ roll combined with traditional French variety entertainment and whatever the melody, whatever the rhythm, whatever the lyrics, it’s always very French.”
That “very French” aspect of Johnny’s music may be the reason he’s failed to conquer the rest of the musical World. But , no worries. Because in a career thats (so far) spanned 50 plus years, Johnny Hallyday has always been “on a roll.” Always selling out. Always keeping his fans happy. And adding new ones. Never a “dip” in popularlity. Never on the “comeback trail.” Because Johnnys’ never been away.
Bottom Line: If doing what you love really does keep you young, Johnny Hallyday is the living proof.
THROW ME A BONE HERE, PEOPLE!
What are ya thinkin’?