Who is Erkin Koray?

Erkin Koray (June 24, 1941; Kadıköy, Istanbul), Turkish rock and Anatolian rock artist.

Although he produced original works in Anatolian rock, psychedelic rock and hard rock, he rearranged many songs.

His original works have influenced many musicians with his works in eastern and western music. Cemalim gave the most important works of Anatolian rock and Turkish rock music style by interpreting Turkish folk music, Nihansın Dideden, Kıskanırım, with his works like Köprüden Gelin, and Turkish art music.

In addition to Arabesque-rock songs such as Şaşkın (Ala Ain Moulayiteen) (Dabke), Estarabim, Çöpçüler, Fesuphanallah, Distances, reaching to psychedelic rock like Rain and Kings, "Eyes of the Scorpion", "Anger". It has carried out many important works that can be described. It is said that, towards the end of the 1960s, baglama invented electro bonding in order to make its voice heard more in music venues and to use it in rock music.

He was born on June 24, 1941 in Istanbul. At an early age, she learned piano from her mother, Vecihe Koray, a piano teacher, and later started playing the guitar. In the second half of the '50s, when he was educated at Istanbul German High School, he started playing the current pieces of the period with Erkin Koray and Ritimcileri, an amateur group he founded with his friends. After high school education, he continued his work as a semi-amateur and semi-professional until the early 60's.

In 1959, he founded his first band, Erkin Koray Ve Ritimcileri. In 1962, while he was making programs in various musical venues, he recorded his first 45 with an offer in English, titled Bir Eylül Evening on one side and It's So Long on the other. However, this record was released in 1966. Erkin Koray did his military service as a soloist and guitarist at the Air Force Jazz Orchestra in Ankara between 1963-1965.

After his discharge to the city of Hamburg, Germany Erkin Koray Erkin Koray called Quartet group founded in 1966. After his return to Turkey. It gained a significant success with its 1967 piece, which was published in 45, with "Kızları da Get Askere" on one side and "Aşk Oyun" (Love Game) on the other side. Especially the song "Kızları Da Get Asker" played an important role in the recognition of Erkin Koray by the masses.

In 1968, he participated in the "Golden Microphone" contest organized by Hürriyet Newspaper. "Meçhul" and "Çiçek Dağı", the songs of Erkin Koray, who came 4th in this contest, were later released by a record company and circulated 800 thousand copies. He gave concerts with his group on the one hand, and continued to work in various musical venues such as the Club and Bar.

This first important success was followed by songs such as “Commemoration Friend”, “Hop Hop Up”, “Something Happened to You”, “Every Time I See You”, which were followed one after another until the late 60s.

underground group called the Quartet, which he founded in 1969, first in Turkey "Underground" was a pioneer in the music flows. By the early 70s Koray has quite a wide audience in Turkey and distinctive musical trend evident state.

In 1971, Erkin Koray Super Group, founded in 1972, Ter Koray group, between the years 1970-1974, Turkey has signed many works of classics located in the top row of the charts. "Divine Moreness", "I Do Not Believe in Love", "Distances", "Züleyha", "Remains That Are Not Erased", "Surprised" in 1974, "Fesuphanallah" are among the works of this period.

Erkin Koray Netherlands between the years 1974-1984 except for a short time with the arrival in Turkey, Germany and has lived in Canada. He published well-known works such as "Estarabim" and "Arap Saçı" in this period, about which there was not much information. Koray did not establish any other group, apart from short-term partnerships, after the LP named Erkin Koray Passion, which he founded in 1977, and the band of the same name.

Erkin Koray released the album Benden Sana in 1982. He recorded some of the album in Cologne and Hamburg in Germany, and some in Istanbul. In the album, besides Haluk Taşoğlu and Sedat Avcı, Indian musician Harpal Singh also supported Koray. Some of the songs in the album (Meyhanede, Öyle Bir Geçer, Dear Friend Osman) consist of the Turkish lyrics written by Erkin Koray to the compositions of Indian musicians.

A year later, Illa Ki released his album. This album attracted attention with the transparency of the album cover and vinyl version drawn by Nuri Kurtcebe as well as the songs in it. The album, the mix of which was made in Cologne, included hits such as İlla Ki, Deli Kadın, Alone, as well as new interpretations of old songs such as Kızları also Get Askere and Hop Hop Gelsin.

After back to Turkey, perhaps the most well-known work between the years 1985-1990 due to family problems from exceeding very efficient for itself which made a big output with Scavengers. Ceylan, including Çöpçüler, was published in 1985. In the album, Erkin Koray played most of the instruments himself. During this period, he began to make music in a restaurant as a pianist-singer, following the fashion of the era; He stated that the reason was that "he should earn money".

One of the other important and original works of this period was the album Gaddar, which was released in 1986. The aforementioned financial difficulties forced the artist to produce low-budget productions such as Çukulatam Benim (1987), which was recorded with a single synthesizer. In this album, there were interpretations of the songs Şaşkın and You Something Happened to you in the taste of tavern music. In 1989, Hay Yam Yam album was released. The song Hayat Katarı, for which he shot a clip, was used in the Kemal Sunal movie Abuk Subuk 1 Film. His album, "Okay Now", which he released in 1990, was a mix of old and new songs, not unlike his previous albums.

Erkin Koray's life has generally passed through economic difficulties. His breakthroughs and his immensely popular works were not enough to relieve him financially. Choosing music as a way of life, Koray and many original artists of his time could not get rid of these difficulties due to uncertain copyrights, limited working opportunities, the music market with an unhealthy structure and the low purchasing power of the music listeners. Some of them, offended, quit music and were engaged in jobs where they could obtain better financial conditions. Erkin Koray has been one of our artists whose copyrights have been violated the most. For these reasons, it has almost never been able to find any financial resources to realize the productions it desired.

Erkin Koray, an innovative, synthesist and experimental musical line; unusual lyrics, unique vocal style, long hair, broadcasting monopolies so many more like the original period costumes and it was rejected by the TRT Turkey Radio and Television Corporation. Nearly all of his works were not deemed suitable for publication by TRT inspection until recently. This situation continued until the emergence of private broadcasting organizations in Turkey and led to a limited audience of Koray.

In the years 1990 - 1993, such a Passing, Tangle, Fesupanallah, Surprised, Sevince and Yalnızlar Rıhtım, etc. released a compilation album series containing hits and a Best Of. The artist, who entered a period of silence and resentment after his album, "OK Now", which he released in 1990, gave a break to his album works in 1991, apart from his concert recordings called Alone Concert.

This silence, which lasted until 1996, was broken with the ambitious and relatively high-budget album Gün Ola Harman Ola. This work, which did not show great sales success but received positive reviews by critics, was followed by the latest album Devlerin Nefesi, published in 1999.

Music Videos

  • 1-Our love will end
  • 2-cemalim
  • 3-It's such a passing time


  • (2007) 34th Golden Butterfly Award Ceremony - Honor Award 

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