Almost everybody in the world is acquainted with French music somehow both classical and modern, and cannot be indifferent. The world of the French music is rich and wonderful. In the great variety of styles and genres everyone can find something special for himself, can open something new and receive the unforgettable enjoyment.
The basis of the modern French music was laid far in 1920s and till now French musicians endeavor to keep the purity and uniqueness of the sound in the modern rhythms. Of course, penetration of other cultures and fusion of different styles in the modern art is spread phenomenon, but anyway the beauty and originality of French melodies is recognizable and people from different parts of the planet listen to and enjoy the French sound.
The 1960s are considered to be the years of separate styles and genres appearing. French genres are variable, including those that occurred in the French environment, for example, chanson. But also we can enjoy classical, jazz, rock-n-roll, ballade music, light music and many others. The most famous and well-known in the world is popular music, which is also called pop. It is the genre for the masses. It appeared due to simplification of rock-and-roll and blues standards and is often performed with substitution of the live instruments by electronic sounds. But the quality of pop music is appreciated, especially French, because of its originality and beautiful melodies. But the genres are always mixed and have something in common with each other.
An international and famous male French pop singer - Johnny Hallyday (real name Jaen-Phillipe Smet) began his career of a musician many decades ago, and presently remains the idol for millions of pop lovers in the world. Of course, his style cannot be considered as pure pop, he is called a male French pop singer closer to rock performer. This fusion can be explained because of the long history of his creative work, during 40 years he tried to find something new, to realize his talent in different styles that were close to his view.
He was born in 1943 in Paris and from the early childhood took a great interest in music. He took lessons of guitar playing, singing and even dancing and in 1956 was invited for performing popular songs from the stage. He dreamt about the career of male French pop singer and his dream has come true. In 1960, he recorded his first album that had a success. And the albums followed one after another. He often worked in cooperation with famous talented musician such as Jean Jacques Goldman, who wrote for Johnny Hallyday several songs.
In his great many songs he often reflected his thoughts and moods, not always positive. Painful situations, depressions, and emotional experience - all these feelings pursue any creative personality. But in general, his music is full of energy, extraordinary perceptions and love, which characterized him as talented and unique male French pop singer during many years of hard work. His important contribution to the development of world music is great.