Tanju Okan

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Tanju Okan
Born 27.08.1938
İzmir, Turkey
Origin Turkey
Died May 23, 1996(1996-05-23) (aged 57)
İzmir, Turkey
Genres Anatolian rock, türkü
Occupations Singer , Musician, actor

Tanju Okan was a Turkish singer (1938-1996).


He was born in İzmir on 27 August 1938 . He spent his primary and secondary education years in Manisa and Balıkesir. Then he went to Italy for vocal training. In 1961 he began singing professionally in Ankara and then in İstanbul. He married twice and was a father of one son. After the 1990s, he retired and began living in Urla a small sea side district of İzmir. He died on 23 May 1996 from cirrhosis.


In early 1960s, he was a solo singer in Müfit Kiper orcestra. In 1964, he represented Turkey in the Balkan Music festival together with Tülay German and Erol Büyükburç. The same year, he produced his first 45 rpm record. He had a powerful sound and could easily sing three styles of music popular in 1960s Turkey; new compositions, covers of western music and arranged Turkish folklore music (türkü). 1970s he sang two songs which became hits; In 1972 Öyle sarhoş olsam ki ("I wish I become so drunk") and in 1974 Kadınım ("My Woman").[1] Also in 1973 he participated in singing a multi-singer melody Arkadaş Dur Bekle (Turkish version of Auntie) together with Modern Folk Üçlüsü and Nilüfer.

He also played in eleven films.[2]

Album Discography[edit]

Year Name
1975 Bütün Şarkılarım
1980 Yorgunum
1991 Kadınım-Kime ne
1992 Yıllar sonra kırlangıç
1995 Tanju Okan 95
1999 Bir zamanlar-Best of Tanju Okan
2001 Bir zamanlar-Best of Tanju Okan (2)
2006 Bak bir varmış, bir yokmuş
 ? Hasret

Also he participated in several multi singer albums.[3]


  1. ^ Biography page (Turkish)
  2. ^ Internet movie data base
  3. ^ Discography by Ercan Demirel