Zeki Müren

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Zeki Müren
Born ( 1931-12-06)December 6, 1931
Bursa, Turkey
Origin Turkey
Died September 24, 1996( 1996-09-24) (aged 64) Izmir, Turkey
Genres Turkish classical music
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter
Years active 1950–1996
Labels Grafson Plak, Coşkun Plak LP, Kalan, Türküola LP, Minareci Kaset, Sahibinin Sesi Greece, Balkan Plak, Yavuz Plak, Lider Plak, Elenor LP

Zeki Müren (Turkish pronunciation: [zeˈci myˈɾen]) (born in Bursa, Turkey on 6 December 1931,[1] died in İzmir on 24 September 1996) was a prominent Turkish singer, composer, and actor. He was famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation in his singing of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs.

Biography[edit]

Müren grew up in the provincial capital city of Bursa in western Turkey. From 1950 to 1953 he studied decorative arts in Istanbul at the Fine Arts Academy while launching his musical career. Müren’s first album was issued in 1951, at which time he was a regular singer on Istanbul Radio. In 1955, he produced his first Gold Record.

In his forty-five-year professional career Müren composed more than three hundred songs and made more than six hundred recordings. He was celebrated as the sun of classical Turkish music and was affectionately called "Pasha". For many years, he reigned as "Artist of the Year"[clarification needed]. Many of Müren's records were also published in Greece, where he also enjoyed popularity, along with the U.S., Germany, Iran, and several other countries during the 1960s and 1970s.

Müren was also a gifted poet, publishing Bıldırcın Yağmuru (The Quail Rain) in 1965. Additionally, he acted in Turkish cinema, starring in eighteen films and writing many of their musical scores. Even though he did not consider himself a painter, he painted as a hobby.

Müren dressed effeminately, wearing large, ornate rings and heavy make up, especially in the later years of his life. In many ways, he had a pioneering role in rendering the Turkish society more accepting about homosexuality. He, with his distinct style, remained a highly respected artist throughout his career, and in a sense, paved the way for many later, more openly gay or transsexual Turkish artists. His visual style shows many similarities with Wladziu Valentino Liberace.

He died of a heart attack during a live TV show that was arranged to give him an award which was the microphone that he first used in TRT, in the city of İzmir on September 24, 1996. His death caused the greatest public grief in years and thousands of Turks attended his funeral. Zeki Müren Art Museum, established in Bodrum, where Müren used to live, has been visited by more than 200,000 people between its opening on June 8, 2000 and December 2006. All his worldly possessions are donated to the Türk Eğitim Vakfı (Foundation for Turkish Education) and Mehmetçik Vakfı (Foundation for Disabled Veterans and Families of the Martyrs.)[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums published during his lifetime
  • 1970 Senede Bir Gün
  • 1973 Pırlanta 1
  • 1973 Pırlanta 2
  • 1973 Pırlanta 3
  • 1973 Pırlanta 4
  • 1973 Hatıra
  • 1974 Anılarım
  • 1975 Mücevher
  • 1976 Güneşin Oğlu
  • 1979 Nazar Boncuğu
  • 1980 Sükse
  • 1981 Kahır Mektubu
  • 1982 Eskimeyen Dost
  • 1984 Hayat Öpücüğü
  • 1985 Masal
  • 1986 Helal Olsun
  • 1987 Aşk Kurbanı
  • 1988 Gözlerin Doğuyor Gecelerime
  • 1989 Ayrıldık İşte
  • 1989 Karanlıklar Güneşi
  • 1989 Zirvedeki Şarkılar
  • 1989 Dilek Çeşmesi
  • 1990 Bir Tatlı Tebessüm
  • 1991 Doruktaki Nağmeler
  • 1992 Sorma
  • 1996 Belgeseli
Albums published posthumously
  • 2000 Muazzez Abacı & Zeki Müren Düet
  • 2005 Selahattin Pınar Şarkıları
  • 2005 Sadettin Kaynak Şarkıları
  • 2005 Zeki Müren: 1955–1963 Kayıtları
  • 2006 Batmayan Güneş

In addition to these, there are 12 other albums attributed to Zeki Müren published during 1968–1974 by Grafson Plak.

Filmography[edit]

International titles are given in parentheses.

  • 1953 Beklenen Şarkı ("Awaited Song")
  • 1955 Son Beste (The Last Musical Composition)
  • 1957 Berduş (The Vagabond)
  • 1958 Altın Kafes (The Golden Cage)
  • 1959 Kırık Plak (The Broken Vinyl)
  • 1959 Gurbet ("Foreign Place")
  • 1961 Aşk Hırsızı (The Love Thief)
  • 1962 Hayat Bazen Tatlıdır (Sometimes Life Is Enjoyable)
  • 1963 Bahçevan (The Gardener)
  • 1964 İstanbul Kaldırımları (Pavements of Istanbul)
  • 1965 Hep O Şarkı ("Always That Song")
  • 1966 Düğün Gecesi (The Wedding Night)
  • 1967 Hindistan Cevizi (The Coconut)
  • 1968 Katip ("Secretary")
  • 1969 Kalbimin Sahibi ("Owner Of My Heart")
  • 1969 İnleyen Nağmeler ("Howling Melodies")
  • 1970 Aşktan da Üstün ("Fallen Out Of Love")
  • 1971 Rüya Gibi ("Like A Dream")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Türkçenin Zeki Müren mülakatı, 1983" (in Turkish). BBC. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  2. ^ Turkish Daily Sabah, Sanat Güneşi anılıyor, December 6, 2006. (In Turkish, last accessed July 8, 2007).

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