Ferdi Tayfur Turanbayburt
15 November 1945
|Associated acts||Ahmet Selçuk İlkan, Gülden Karaböcek, Mustafa Sayan, Orhan Gencebay|
Ferdi Tayfur (Turkish pronunciation: [ˌfæɾdi tajˈfuɾ]; born Ferdi Tayfur Turanbayburt, 15 November 1945) is a Turkish arabesque singer, actor and composer. He was born in Hurriyet neighbourhood of Adana, Turkey and he has led a successful career in arabesque music. The artist, who has earned nine golden certifications in total, is renowned for his songs, which he has included in motion pictures as well. In the Turkish media, he is commonly known as "Ferdi Baba". Having released more than 30 albums and over 30 films, he founded Ferdifon Records in 1982 and also entered the construction sector in 2009.
Tayfur was born in Adana and his father Cumali Bey named him after his favorite voice actor Ferdi Tayfur. His father wanted his son to have a proper education, but after he was murdered when exiting a casino, Tayfur left school and led a life in poverty, with his mother marrying another man after his death. He revealed that he wanted to study but could not do so because of lack of opportunities. In his childhood, he worked as an apprentice in a candy store owned by his stepfather, and there he learned how to read. Tayfur, who later worked on the farm and contributed to the family's income, started singing at weddings during the same years. Later, he participated in Adana Radio's music contest.
Tayfur made deals with Seda Plak in 1968 to release two records but his work was not well-received. He then goes back to Adana and takes over the work on the farm, and continues to work on his music career as well and after a three-year break he released his new record Huzurum Kalmadı. In 1973, he released his new record Kır Çiçekleri under the label Görsev Plak. In 1974, he released another record Bana Gerçekleri Söyle. In 1975, he signed a new contract with Elenor Plak. After the release of Bırak Şu Gurbeti, he became widely known with the release of his song Çeşme.
Tayfur's first album, which included songs written by himself, made a good sale in the years when he started his musical career but due to financial difficulties, he sold two songs to Elenor Plak's proprietor Atilla Alpsakarya who eventually gave them to Gülden Karaböcek. Tayfur continued to publish his records and eventually became widely known with his song "Çeşme", and in 1977 he was cast in a leading role alongside Necla Nazır in a movie with the same title. The film was watched by 12 million people at the time.
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- Yağmur Durunca, novel, Kora Yayın, (2008)
- Bir Zamanlar Ağaçtım, novel, Kora Yayın, (2013)
- Paraşütteki Çocuk, novel, (2014)
- 1993: Yetiş Emmioğlu, TV presenter (Show TV)
- 2009: Korolar Çarpışıyor, contestant (Show TV)
- 2009: Boynu Bükük Şarkılar, TV presenter (Kanal 7)
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