Johnny Holliday, who died of cancer in 2017, would have turned 79 on June 15, 2022. Love, drugs, ups and downs, alcohol, cigarettes and “food” … All about Thalia’s crazy life.
Johnny Holliday, alias Jean-Philippe Smet, would be 79 years oldJune 15, 2022. Almost five years after his death, December 5, 2017 at the age of 74, Johnny Holliday still considered the king of the French year. And for good reason: his impressive career was interrupted by numerous excesses that led to lung cancer …
For Paris matchferns Daniel Angeli trusted in his friendship and habits Taule. “I met him in Gstaad, I was 53, and I didn’t leave him for almost 20 years. This is a story of sincere friendship, we shared everything. “ revealed by a photographer in August 2021.
Johnny Holliday: alcohol and cigarette use
It’s no secret that Teen Idol loved good bottles, but he also led a confusing lifestyle.
Late Rockerdid not pretend the level of drinking“, recalled Daniel Angeli, who added:”He could be very heavy when he was drunk“.
Two friends spent a lot of time together and did not hesitate to smoke (too many) cigarettes … “We smoked gypsies, one cartridge a day between the two of us“, So swung the one who is called the” king of the paparazzi. “
Johnny Holliday, between splendor and simplicity
As an absolute star, the father of Laura, David, Jade and Joy did not do half the work. Daniel Angeli confessed to surviving “extraordinary life“on his side. “We jumped from one plane to anotherwe ate in the largest tables in France. Good food was important to him“, – he continued Paris match.
Despite his great fame, Johnny Holliday maintained spontaneous sympathy and friendliness and did not hesitate to meet everyone he met. “He always said: you have to eat it Rum Baba Letiziait’s the best ‘.
His simplicity and charisma fascinated me. He talked to people on the street or in restaurants. They had hallucinations, I said seven-year-old, who also added that the singer in spite of everything “also very shy“.
Rocker died On December 5, 2017, surrendering after a fierce battle with this damn crab. Very present in the French media landscape, the idol of young people was on the covers of more than 2,100 magazines and made rock and roll culture popular until then unknown or even devalued in France.
Johnny Holliday: lights a fire
Truth lover of the United States, his exceptional acting brings a lot to the French scene. Originally criticized, Youth Idol became an icon: during his career, more than 28 million viewers attended his singing, and 100 million records were sold. He has also been awarded 40 gold, 22 platinum, 3 diamonds and 8 Victoires de la Musique.
Johnny Holliday: memory, memory
His nickname comes from his stepfather Lee Holliday. His father left his mother when the baby was only a few months old. Jean-Philippe and Leon Smet had a very difficult relationship. Lee Holliday performed in Europe with his band during the 1940s, and Johnny proudly took his last name as a stage name.
Johnny Holliday: The music I love
After enrolling in the conservatory, he learned to play the guitar, to the great displeasure of family and teachers. He also gets minor roles in cinema and on television. This is thanks to the film Crazy love with Elvis Presley that he decided to become a rock and roll singer.
Johnny Holliday: My mouth
Firstly refused in clubshe participated in a radio show in 1959 Parisian cocktails where he sings “Come play.” He was noticed by two songwriters who led him to the record company Vogue. He signed his first real contract in January 1960 first album sees that the name he borrowed from his stepfather was misspelled. He keeps it and really becomes Johnny Holliday. This is the starting point of a great demon scene career.
Johnny Holliday: That I love you
her private life is widely publicized. In 1964, he experienced a passionate relationship with Sylvie Vartan, about whom he still speaks with deep respect. They marry in 1965 while serving in the army. The star couple performs at Olympia and even sings in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
Johnny Holliday: I think he’s driving me crazy
But in 1966 it was so loss of record sales, Johnny is no longer sold and prefers foreign countries. His “rival” at the time, Antoine, even made a hit “Antoine’s Conversations” where he wants “Lock Johnny in a cage in Medrano” considering it obsolete. In fact, fame, stress and fatigue are a singer’s business.
Johnny Holliday: I forgot to live
When Sylvie Vartan is filing for divorce that year he made his first suicide attempt in September, when their first child, David, was born a month earlier. The couple reconciled, but in February 1970 in Belfort, on the way to a gala concert, in a serious car accident, a high school student was seriously injured by a turn. The surgeries follow one another, but the singer stays low for a long time.
Johnny Holliday: Penitentiary
Then Johnny reconnects with his demons drugs and suicidal thoughts. In 1972, he had an affair with his chorister Nanette Workman. Deeply wounded, Sylvie Vartan finally managed to forgive him, and the couple released a great hit in 1973. “I have a problem.”
Johnny Holliday: Black is black
Misfortune haunts the damned couple: in 1974, pregnant Sylvie Vartan loses her child. In 1975 tax problems forces them to go into exile in the United States: Johnny Holliday owes several hundred million francs. In 1977, this is a big comeback: they combine touring and performing together “I think he’s driving me crazy,” “Rock and Roll Time.” In 1970, the showman made his film debut. He is a judge “specialist” and a repentant bandit “Reset point”.
The 1970s were also marked by abandonment cruel rock for more melodic music. “Music I Love”, “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You”. In the late 1970s, the stagings were cleaner and polished.
Johnny Holly Laura
In 1980 he Divorce from Sylvie Vartan but it will be difficult to recover. He had ties and lightning marriages (Babette, his second wife), but in 1982 he met Natalie Bayeux and married. They have a daughter, Laura Smet. Their affair lasts 3 years.
Johnny Holliday: It doesn’t change a person
After several love affairs and a hidden relationship in show business, Thalie meets Adeline Blondiodaughter of one of his friends, who was only 14 at the time.
Johnny Holliday: And when she dances
She becomes his fourth wife. These relationships are full of controversy and full of resentment. They still have a bitter memory of it.
Johnny Holliday: This is life
In March 1995 he met Leticia I will, a French supermodel 32 years younger than him, whom he married a year later. The couple ignores the comments and imposes their fusion novel. After several miscarriages, the desire for motherhood remains strong. Together, they decide to adopt two young Vietnamese: Jade in 2004 and Joy in 2007.
Johnny Holliday: Stop
In 2008, our Frenchman Elvis said he wanted to stop singing after Fr. The last tour was in 2009. But that same year he released a new album “It will never end”. Doctors then diagnosed him with colon cancer, and quickly cured an intervertebral disc herniation, leaving him in an artificial coma for several days. Renovated, released in 2011 »Never alone “and then next year “Expectation” with “Stay alive “ in 2014 and “Love in 2015. Nothing stops him!
But fate decreed otherwise: the French king announced lung cancer in March 2017, which did not prevent him from going on tour with his “Old villains” Eddie Mitchell and Jacques Dutronck. However, his health continues to worry fans, relatives and friends. Johnny was hospitalized on November 13 at the Bizet Clinic in the 16th arrondissement of Paris for a respiratory disorder, and then returned home, where Leticia Holliday watched over him until his last breath, Johnny died. Holliday died, a myth was born.