Şenay (singer)

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Şenay Yüzbaşıoğlu
Birth nameŞenay Ekiz
Also known asŞenay
Born1951
İstanbul, Turkey
OriginTurkey
Died4 January 2013 (age 62)
İstanbul, Turkey
GenresAnatolian rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Years active1968-1981

Şenay Yüzbaşıoğlu (1951 – 4 January 2013), commonly known as Şenay, was a Turkish singer-songwriter.[1]

Life[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3][4] She was survived by a brother and a sister, Halil İbrahim Ekiz and Şaziye Çataloğlu, respectively.[1]

Career[edit]

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.[1] 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,[5] 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.[citation needed]

45 rpm discography[edit]

Name Year
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 ?

Album discography[edit]

Name Year
Шенай / Şenai (Balkanton/Bulgaria) 1979
Şenay (Honki Ponki) (EMI/ Turkey) 1980

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Şenay Yüzbaşıoğlu'na son görev". Sabah (in Turkish). 5 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ Baybul site (in Turkish)
  3. ^ "Sanat dünyasının acı kaybı: Yapma be Kardeşim - Hürriyet Magazin Hattı". Hurriyet.com.tr. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ Artist Senay Yüzbaşıoğlu, died in
  5. ^ Yeniasır newspaper (in Turkish)