If you dug the French Freakbeat series posted earlier on the Drunkard, then Johnny Hallyday’s 1967 French cover of “Hey Joe” may be the coolest thing you’ll download this month.
A real renaissance man, ole Hallyday, like fellow Frenchman Jacques Dutronc, fashioned himself both as an actor and as a songwriter/performer. No clue what his post sixties output was like, but this track is swingin’.
Big nod to Spoilt Victorian Child for their assistance in helping me track this (1967) version down — it wasn’t easy. If you, like me, are a pop Francophile, you won’t want to miss this one.
MP3: Johnny Hallyday :: Hey Joe
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