Johnny Hallyday, singer known as the "French Elvis", dies at age 74

French rock star and actor Johnny Hallyday, who became the first French singer to popularize rock & # 39; n & # 39; n & # 39; n & # 39; roll in France and sold more than 110 million records during a musical career of more than half a century, has died, according to Agence France Presse. He was 74 years old and had been fighting cancer for several months.

Known widely as the "French Elvis", Hallyday began his career as a singer in the late 1950s, specializing in French versions of famous songs by artists such as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and Elvis Presley, whose example inspired him to become a singer