were great to sing along!
Pedro Guerreiro, 64, is a university professor who lives in Faro, Portugal.
‘Le ciel nous fait rêver’
As a teenage boy, the song resonated for me because of its themes of adventure and male friendship. The music was composed by another French artist, François de Roubaix. The melody is hauntingly beautiful and the delivery is vintage Hallyday.
Patrick Thouron, 59, grew up in France and lives in New Jersey.
‘Retiens la nuit’
My favorite song would be “Retiens la Nuit,” which was in vogue when we arrived in Paris from Egypt. We lived in the Hotel Violet in Paris, as we were in transit. That is the place, in Montmartre, I associate with him.
Aimee Kligman, 66, is a legal assistant in New York.
‘Diego, libre dans sa tête’
I was born with his music. I am not a fan but I love “Diego” and “Marie.” They are beautiful .Both songs are politically committed to human rights.The former ballad condemns arbitrary detention for free speech. It denounces the repression of dictatorships in some countries of Latin America in the mid 70s and 80s. “Diego” stands for any opponent of totalitarian regimes who were arrested, tortured and murdered.
Nathalie Delarue, 57 is an English teacher who lives in Athens.
All stopped when that one was on TV, almost everyone loved loved that clip. I now live in New York and I almost forgot about him. My heart is broken of his passing, I heard about it by listening to BBC News that morning and my heart actually raced with sadness . Then I watched all of his best songs on YouTube.
Claire Mamy, 49 is a teacher and lives in New York.
‘J’oublierai ton nom’
My wife and I both studied French in college. We traveled to Paris very often 30 years ago, mainly on business, but there always was pleasure, of course. A dear friend there was a personal friend of Johnny’s, and turned us on to his music. If you visited our home in California in those days, you’d often hear Johnny at volume. We still have so many favorite song of his, but my personal favorite is “J’oublierai ton nom.” News of his passing is very sad, but it brings back many memories.
Don Allen, 76, is a former journalist and communications executive who lives in Liberty, Missouri.