David Hallyday

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David Hallyday (born David Michael Benjamin Smet; 14 August 1966) is a French singer/songwriter and amateur sports car racer. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt and is the son of the French singers Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday. David Hallyday is a first cousin of actor Michael Vartan.

Personal life[edit]

He married Estelle Lefébure in 1989 and got divorced in 2001. They have two children, Emma and llona. He married Alexandra Pastor, the daughter of Michel Pastor, in 2004 and their son Cameron was born on 8 October 2004.


Most famously David writes music for others including a collaboration with his father on the 1999 album Sang pour sang by Johnny Hallyday. He also appeared in the teenage comedy He's My Girl (1987).


  • True Cool (1988, American album, including the hit single "High")
  • Rock'n'Heart (1990, American album)
  • On the road LIVE (1992, American album)
  • 2000 BBF (1994, American album with Blind Fish – Erik Godal, Bo Gravino, Greg V)
  • Novacaine (1997, American album with Erik Godal as Novacaine)
  • Un paradis/Un enfer (1999, French album, including the hit single "Tu ne m'as pas laissé le temps")
  • Révélation (June 2002) (Un homme libre, title song of La planète au trésor, single)
  • Satellite (2004)
  • David Hallyday (2007)
  • Un Nouveau Monde (2010)
  • Le temps d'une vie (2016)

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

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

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