Johnny Hallyday : who is Nanette Workman, a backup singer who has charmed in the 70’s ? – Gala

Entertainment 6 December, 2017

Love story

Death in the night of 5 to 6 December, Johnny Hallyday was a real ladies ‘ man. In 1971, her heart was beating for Nanette Workman, an american singer.

Johnny Hallyday passed away. The singer died on the night of 5 to 6 December, at his home in Marnes-la-Coquette. He died in the arms of his wife, Laeticia, his last love. Among the stories and relationships of the rocker, some were less known than others, such as his marriage express with Babeth, or his passion with the singer Nanette Workman.

In 1972, Johnny went for the more crazy of his series of concerts : the ” Johnny’s Circus “, a caravan, a mobile for travel around France with the force of the big top, semi-trailers, and generators. At the head of the procession, as the story goes, Gilles Lhote, in his recent biography, Johnny the warrior (ed. Robert Laffont), Hallyday, sitting in the back of his Rolls royce in white with driver. At her side, glued to him, a certain Nanette Workman. This last provides the first party with the band Angel, but also shares his caravan. American singer installed in Canada, Nanette Workman has been a backup singer for Joe Cocker and Paul McCartney. We even hear his voice in the famous Honky Tonk Woman by the Rolling Stones.

Hired by Hallyday to ensure the backing vocals on his album “in Flagrante delicto” which came out in 1971, she became his mistress. He calls it even”alter-ego” , to double in the feminine. A passion explosive, placed under the sign of the excesses of all kinds. One day, a photographer catches them even in the midst of the… session of Russian roulette. “With a bullet in the barrel, will specify Hallyday. I’d have to stop this adventure for a long time…”

Another night on the side of Grenoble, violent argument. The press has unveiled their connection, Johnny disappears at a time of the start of the concert. Learning that Hallyday is left for Lyon, where he has rented a plane to reach London-Sylvie Vartan, with whom he is still married, the producer launches a biker on his heels. Johnny hears reason, turns back, and he will sing finally an hour in the morning until dawn.

At the end of this tour chaotic, the balance is catastrophic : the producer is ruined, Johnny leach. Nanette Workman leaves for Canada where she has been in Montreal a success in the musical Starmania by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon. Hallyday flies to New York, decided to mend his marriage with Sylvie Vartan.

Knowing to take advantage of all situations, it draws from its situation to write with his accomplice Michel Mallory the song The music that I love. One of his greatest success. And, in 1973, he returned with Sylvie Vartan. Their marriage would last until 1980. About Nanette Workman, she always sings.

Photo credits : Cover album “Mississippi Rolling Stone”, Nanette Workman

Johnny Hallyday

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