Jean-Philippe Smet, known by his stage name Johnny Hallyday was born on June 15, 1943, in Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France and is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he was considered by some to have been the French Elvis Presley. He was married for 15 years to popular Bulgarian-French singer Sylvie Vartan and the two were considered a "golden couple" for 20 years. Hallyday has completed 181 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and has sold more than 110 million records. He announced his retirement from performing on December 3, 2007, saying that he would retire in 2009, after a farewell tour. However, Hallyday announced in March 2012 that he would perform again in Los Angeles, New York and in Quebec, Canada later that year.
Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of France and Quebec, thus earning the nickname "the biggest rock star you've never heard of" in English-speaking countries. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997.
Johnny appeared in one Euro-western, “Drop Them or I’ll Shoot” (1968). Today we celebrate Johnny Hallyday’s 70th birthday.