Is French rock’s bad boy double trouble?

Johnny Hallyday impersonator Johnny Rock performing on stage - and pictured below right with the man himself

Despite persistent announcements that he will retire, Johnny Hallyday is still touring. Good news for the man who impersonates him. Nick Rowswell meets JOHNNY ROCK

For readers who aren’t familiar with Johnny Hallyday, who is he and what is his appeal?

Johnny is very much the French Elvis. He inspires the same devotion as the King. He is part of our heritage. He’s a monument, as iconic as the Eiffel Tower itself. There’s also maybe a physical attraction. Johnny is tall and handsome; he’s the man that many women want and the man that many men want to be.


How did you get Johnny in your life, and how did you get a life as Johnny?

I suppose it all started back in 1966. I was watching TV one night when up popped Johnny and I guess it was love at first sight. I remember watching him and thinking, ‘That’s the man I want to be when I grow up’. I was 11 at the time. Anyway, I started doing Johnny impersonations for friends and family, which earned me the nickname le petit Johnny. Even the teachers at school called me Johnny.

At 16, I went to work as a carpenter in the shipyards in my home town of Cherbourg, but I carried on my Johnny routine.

In 1984, I was spotted by the owner of a ...

To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either

Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006

Freedom Subscription

Pay every three months. Our most flexible subscription

Subscription automatically renews so you don't miss an edition (but you can switch this off at any time!)

1 Year Subscription (12 editions) (Our best value offer)

1 year of great reading in print and online

Subscription automatically renews so you don't miss an edition (but you can switch this off at any time!).

More articles from Culture
More articles from Connexion France
Other articles that may interest you

Loading some business profiles...

Loading some classifieds...