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Johnny Hallyday, France's king of rock who has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, was a leather-clad would-be Elvis who earned love and scorn over five decades spent belting out American rock'n'roll. Rarely taken seriously abroad, Hallyday was by far the best-known rocker in France. Known simply as Johnny, he sold over 110 million albums and headlined 50 major tours, the last this summer when he teamed up with veteran French rockers for the "Old Scoundrels" tour.Defying France's reputation as a land of crooners and jazz, Hallyday had his big break with the 1960 hit "T'aimer Follement" (Makin' Love) and later belted out French versions of songs such as Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe".Hallyday later married model Laeticia Boudou, a mere 31 years his junior, and adopted two Vietnamese children.
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