David Hallyday

David Hallyday (born David Michael Benjamin Smet; 14 August 1966) is a French singer, songwriter and amateur sports car racer.

David Hallyday
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Hallyday in 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Benjamin Smet
Born (1966-08-14) 14 August 1966 (age 55)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
LabelsPolyGram, Scotti Bros.

Early lifeEdit

Hallyday was born in Boulogne-Billancourt and is the son of the French singers Johnny Hallyday and Sylvie Vartan. David Hallyday is a first cousin of actor Michael Vartan. He is the older half-brother of actress Laura Smet.


Hallyday is most known for writing music for others, including a collaboration with his father on the 1999 album Sang pour sang.

He appeared in the teenage comedy He's My Girl (1987), also performing its title theme song. "He's My Girl" reached #79 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #72 on Cash Box. His 1991 album Rock 'n' Heart spawned a bigger hit, "Ooh La La", which reached #51 on the Hot 100.

Personal lifeEdit

Hallyday married Estelle Lefébure in 1989; they divorced in 2001. They have two children, Emma and llona. He married Alexandra Pastor, the daughter of businessman Michel Pastor,[1] in 2004. Their son Cameron was born on 8 October 2004.


Studio albumsEdit

  • True Cool (1988)
  • Rock 'n' Heart (1990)
  • 2000 BBF with Blind Fish (1994)
  • Novacaine with Novacaine (1997)
  • Un Paradis/Un Enfer (1999)
  • Révélation (2002)
  • Satellite (2004)
  • David Hallyday (2007)
  • Un Nouveau Monde (2010)
  • Le Temps D'une Vie (2016)
  • J'ai quelque chose à vous dire (2018)
  • Imagine Un Monde (2020)

Live albumsEdit

  • On the Road (1992)


24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
2003   Courage Compétition   Philippe Alliot
  Carl Rosenblad
Courage C65-JPX LMP675 41 DNF DNF
2007   PSI Experience   Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Philipp Peter
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 289 28th 12th
2008   Larbre Compétition   Christophe Bouchut
  Patrick Bornhauser
Saleen S7-R GT1 306 28th 7th
2011   Team Oreca-Matmut   Alexandre Prémat
  Dominik Kraihamer
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 200 DNF DNF
2014   IMSA Performance Matmut   Raymond Narac
  Nicolas Armindo
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GTE
323 31st 11th


  1. ^ Cohen, Arnault (6 December 2017). "Le prince Albert II parle de Johnny Hallyday: les 5 choses à retenir". Monaco Matin. Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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