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Induct Johnny Hallyday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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French rock-and-roll sensation Johnny Hallyday died last December at the age of 74. Mr. Hallyday had a career that ran from 1959 until the day he died, a remarkable 58 years. During his career, he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, performed with several big-name English-language acts in the 1960s, and also had Jimi Hendrix open for him in 1966. Among the other notable acts he's peformed with are Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin), Peter Frampton, and Mick Jones (Foreigner). He also recorded an English-language song written for him by Bono.

Mr. Hallyday singularly brought rock-and-roll from America to the French-speaking world. He was hugely successful there. In 1969 he sold 12 million records, even though he was largely unknown to English-speaking audiences. His styles evolved with the music, but it was always straightforward rock -- even as he later introduced elements of chanson to his work.

It is for these reasons Mr. Hallyday deserves recognition in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thank you.

Le sensationnel rock'n'roll français Johnny Hallyday est décédé en décembre dernier à l'âge de 74 ans. M. Hallyday a eu une carrière qui a duré de 1959 jusqu'à sa mort, un remarquable 58 ans. Au cours de sa carrière, il est apparu au Ed Sullivan Show, interprété avec plusieurs grands noms de l'anglais dans les années 1960, et Jimi Hendrix lui a ouvert ses portes en 1966. Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin), Peter Frampton, et Mick Jones (Foreigner). Il a également enregistré une chanson en anglais écrite pour lui par Bono.

M. Hallyday a singulièrement apporté le rock and roll d'Amérique au monde francophone. Il a énormément réussi là-bas. En 1969, il a vendu 12 millions de disques, même s'il était largement inconnu des auditoires anglophones. Ses styles ont évolué avec la musique, mais c'était toujours un rock simple - même s'il a introduit plus tard des éléments de la chanson dans son travail.

C'est pour ces raisons que M. Hallyday mérite d'être reconnu dans le Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Je vous remercie.

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