|Birth name||Şenay Ekiz|
|Also known as||Şenay|
|Died||4 January 2013 (age 62)|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
Şenay Ekiz was born in İstanbul in 1951. In 1971, she married Şerif Yüzbaşıoğlu, a musician. Following her marriage she became one of the most active singers of Turkey. In addition to music, she made a name in politics by supporting Bülent Ecevit, the leader of the Republican People's Party.
After her husband's death in 1981, she almost abandoned music. She spent her last days in her brother's house in İstanbul, and died of respiratory failure on 4 January 2013. She was survived by a brother and a sister, Halil İbrahim Ekiz and Şaziye Çataloğlu, respectively.
Although she began singing in 1969, her first hit, Sev Kardeşim (a cover to the Israeli song veShuv Itchem) was in 1971, and became the song of the year. She produced a series of singles, among which Hayat Bayram Olsa and Açıl Susam Açıl were most popular ones. In 1975, she represented Turkey in the Golden Orpheus international song contest in Bulgaria, where she ranked third.
She tried to participate twice, in the national finals of the Eurovision Song Contests. But in 1975, she withdrew due to her husband's membership in the professional jury. In 1981, she dropped the project after the death of her husband. The song Bigudi was sung by Füsun Önal in the contest and became the second after the song by Ayşegül Aldinç and the Modern Folk Üçlüsü. One of her songs, "Honki Ponki", released in 1980, was a protest song.[clarification needed] "Honki Ponki" appeared in the record charts of various European countries.
45 rpm discography
|Ayrılalım Ağlamadan-Sil Gözyaşlarını||1968|
|Sen de İç Benimle-Sakla Kimse Görmesin||1969|
|Çapkın Adam-Beni Sevmekten Korkma||1970|
|Benim olursan-Sev Kardeşim||1971|
|Nerdeyiz-En Büyük Şansın Yaşıyor Olman||1972|
|Hayat Bayram Olsa-Nen Var Canım Kardeşim||1973|
|Beyaz Ülke-Gerçek Nerede||1974|
|Açıl Susam Açıl-Ve Ağlıyorum||1975|
|Varlar Yoklar-Dön Artık||1975|
|Sessiz Bir Yer -Dünden Bugüne||1977|
|Honki Ponki-Honkey Ponkey||1980|
|I address you-Who were you||1980 ?|
|Шенай / Şenai (Balkanton/Bulgaria)||1979|
|Şenay (Honki Ponki) (EMI/ Turkey)||1980|
- "Şenay Yüzbaşıoğlu'na son görev". Sabah (in Turkish). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- Baybul site (in Turkish)
- "Sanat dünyasının acı kaybı: Yapma be Kardeşim - Hürriyet Magazin Hattı". Hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- Artist Senay Yüzbaşıoğlu, died in
- Yeniasır newspaper (in Turkish)