Considered the French singer’s reference father figure, Lee Halliday died in Marseille on Tuesday September 5.
By Valentin Dechambre for Le Point In the 1960s, Lee Halliday became Johnny Hallyday’s agent and artistic director. © Michel THOMAS / MAXPPP / PHOTOPQR/LE DAUPHINE/MAXPPP Published on 06/09/2023 at 1:02 p.m.
Johnny Hallyday has just been joined by his “heart father”. Singer and dancer Lee Halliday, born Lemoine Gardner Ketcham, died aged 95 on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, his family revealed at theAFP. The one who was Johnny Hallyday’s father figure of reference during his childhood died peacefully in Marseille, where he had been living for a few years already.
American singer and dancer of music hall, he brought on stage the very young Jean-Philippe Smet, then only 13 years old. The future singer will even borrow his name from him, with a y, becoming the Johnny Hallyday that everyone knows. If he is known to be the “father” of Johnny Hallyday, Lee Halliday is in fact his cousin by marriage, after his marriage to Desta Mar, cousin of the French rocker. The latter, abandoned by his very young father, made Lee Halliday his adoptive father, growing up under his wing.
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“Lee Halliday served as my father”
Producer, artistic agent… During his existence, Lee Halliday played a big role in the career of the French star “There are many people to whom I owe a lot of things. But Lee Halliday is surely the person in my life who served as a father to me, who raised me, who taught me a little dance,” emphasized the late rocker in the first episode of the series. documentary titled Johnny by Johnnyavailable on the Netflix streaming platform.
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