Noir, C’est Noir (Johnny Hallyday)

5 OCTOBER 1966

Los Bravos (a Spanish band with a German singer) had recently had a big international English-language hit with 'Black is Black'. The French had their own version of this from Johnny Hallyday with ‘Noir, C’est Noir’, and a very good track it was, too. Needless to say, it topped the French charts.

Hallyday ('the French Elvis') has been a huge star in France since the early '60s, notching up over thirty #1 albums there (his most recent in 2016).

Released: 20 September 1966
Highest chart position: #1 (France)
Label: Philips
Songwriters: Tony Hayes, Michelle Grainger, Steve Wadey; Georges Aber (adaptation)
Producer: Lee Hallyday

Noir, C’est Noir (Johnny Halliday)