Golden Microphone

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The Golden Microphone (Turkish: Altın Mikrofon) contest was a music contest annually held between 1965−1968 in Turkey. It was organized by the newspaper Hürriyet. In 1960s, most of the Turkish popular music melodies were either songs from west Europe with Turkish lyrics or traditional Turkish folk melodies played with western instruments.[1] The goal of the contest was to encourage the development of popular Turkish music either by new compositions or by using domestic sources. More formally, Hürriyet announced the goal of the contest as "Redirecting Turkish music using technique and style of the western music as well as the instruments of the western music" [2]

Winners[edit]

Year Rank Group Title
1965 1st Yıldırım Gürses Gençliğe Veda
2nd Mavi Işıklar Helvacı
3rd Silüetler Kaşık Havası
1966 1st Silüetler Lorke Lorke
2nd Mavi Işıklar Çayır Çimen Geze Geze
3rd Selçuk Alagöz Ararım
1967 1st Mavi Çocuklar Develi Daylar
2nd Cem Karaca Emrah
3rd Rana Alagöz Konya Kabağı
1968 1st TPAO Batman Meşelidir Enginde Dağlar
2nd Haramiler Arpa Buğday Daneler
3rd Moğollar Ilgaz

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Later years[edit]

Altın Mikrofon was a milestone in Turkish music. Although Hürriyet gave up organizing the contest after 1968, two other newspapers tried to continue: Günaydın in 1972 and Saklambaç in 1979. But these later contests unlike the earlier contests, didn’t attracted much attention and they too gave up. The results of these were as follows:

Year Rank Group Title
1972 1st Edip Akbayram Kükredi Çimenler
2nd Salim Dündar Bir dost bulamadım
3rd Ömer Aysan Mış mış
1979 1st Ünal Büyükgönenç Dışarda Kar yağıyor

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hürriyet newspaper archive (Turkish)
  2. ^ Hey blog (Hürriyet sponsored periodical (Turkish))
  3. ^ a b Results from Anadolu pop (Turkish)

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