|Born||August 27, 1938
|Died||May 23, 1996
|Genres||Anatolian rock, türkü|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, actor|
Tanju Okan (August 27, 1938 - May 23, 1996) was a Turkish singer.
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 the father of a son. After the 1990s, he retired and began living in Urla, a small seaside town of İzmir. He died from cirrhosis on May 23, 1996.
In early 1960s, he was a solo singer in Müfit Kiper orchestra. 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 the 1960s in Turkey; new compositions, covers of western music and arranged Turkish folklore music (türkü). In the 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"). 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.
|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|
Also he participated in several multi singer albums.