Who is Tanju Okan?

Tanju Okan (born August 27, 1938; Tire, Izmir - date of death. May 23, 1996), Turkish singer, musician and film actor.

Born on 27 August 1938 in Tire, Tanju Okan completed his primary education in Manisa and his high school education in Balıkesir. Okan's father, whose interest in music comes from his family, was a music teacher, while his mother played the violin well. Okan, who started singing in primary school, also appeared on the stage in high school and in the military. Then taking vocal training in Italy, he returned to Turkey. Although he first started his professional music career in Ankara in 1961, he returned to Istanbul a year later.

First works
In 1964, he participated in the Balkan Music Festival in Yugoslavia with the National Orchestra, where he was the vocalist together with Erol Büyükburç and Tülay German. Okan, who sang four songs here, attracted great attention from the audience and participated in the competition in Turkey. kazanwas. The first song he sang in this competition, “Kundurama Sand Doldu”, was released on an EP released in Yugoslavia and this record was Okan's first work to be released. In 1965, his first record titled “Kundurama Sand Doldu” was released by the owner's voice company. In the same period, he released "Maça Dolmuş", one of Turkey's first football records. In 1967, he released the forty-fifth "Two Strangers", in which he interpreted the Frank Sinatra hit "Strangers in the Night" with Turkish lyrics. However, this record remained in the shadow of Ajda Pekkan, who interpreted the same piece with the same name but different words. Meanwhile, he married Nur Erbay and they had a son named Tansu. This marriage lasted about 8 months.

The artist, who was also interested in cinema during this period, first appeared on the silver screen in 1964 in the movie Cüppeli Gelin. The Flame Inside of 1966 was the artist's first leading role. In the same year, he increased his popularity with “Deniz ve Mehtap”, which he voiced in the movie Fakir Bir Kız Sevdim, with Cüneyt Arkın.

Attracting the attention of French artist Patricia Carli, who started making records in Turkey in the late 1960s, the artist went to France and made recordings in French. Two of these recordings (Le Sourire De Mon Amour and S'il N'y Avait Que Toi Au Monde) were released in France as a 45. However, the problems experienced during the release of the record continued after the release of the record. While no steps could be taken to promote Okan abroad, the Turkish records of the artist were also a great success. kazanDue to his music career, Tanju Okan finished his career abroad before it even started and continued his music life in Turkey.

Years of fame
In 1970, he interpreted Georges Moustaki's “Le Métèque” with the name “Hasret” in Turkish lyrics written by Şükran Akannaç and Nino Varon. This record became a piece that introduced Tanju Okan to large masses. "If I Were Rich" in the second face of this forty-five has achieved similar success. In 1972, "Koy Koy Koy" written by Tuğrul Dağcı and "If I Were So Drunk" by Güzin Gürman reinforced its reputation with their forties. In 1973, he published the work “Friend Dur Wait / Who Separated Lovers” with Nilüfer and Modern Folk Trio for Philips. Meanwhile, Okan decided to work with Carli one more time and embarked on the project of opening the famous song "Samanyolu" to Europe with French lyrics. However, Tanju Okan could not go to France due to financial difficulties. The song "Oh Lady Mary" by David-Alexander Winter was a hit in many countries in Europe. In 1974, the song "My Woman", released by the artist, who worked with Mehmet Teoman this time, became one of Okan's best-selling forties.

All My Songs, a collection of popular songs released by the artist between 1970-1974, was released in 1975 and became the artist's first longplay. The two forty-five songs released in the same year and arranged by Onno Tunç were Tanju Okan's last hits. Among them, Mehmet Yüzüak and Rıfat Şanlıel were "Violinist", and the other was "Friends", composed by Selami Şahin. Tanju Okan asked Selami Şahin to perform the song "My Friends", which is known with the words "My best friend is my drink, my cigarette". In the same year, Tanju Okan married Zerrin Erdogan, who inspired the song "My Woman", and sat at the wedding table for the second time. This marriage lasted 14 months.

1980s and 1990s
Okan entered the 1980s by releasing his last longplay album, "Yorgunum" from Kent, in 1980. After appearing on television programs a few times after this album consisting of original songs, Okan was drawn to Urla as arabesque started to attract more attention and did not produce new works for a long time. Deciding to enter politics in the 1989 Turkish local elections, Okan first announced his independent candidacy in Urla. Then it decided to move to ANAP. ANAP was the second party in Urla with 30.76%, while SHP candidate Bülent Baratalı became the mayor. kazanwas.

Returning to music with the reintroduction of Turkish pop music into the mainstream in the early 1990s, Okan released the album Kadınım / Good Think, with the label Emre Plak in 1991 after a long silence. This album was followed by the album Yıllar Later - Kırlangıç, which was released from Prestij Müzik a year later. Here is Tanju Okan 1995, which came out of Marş Müzik in 95, and it was the last album.

The last years
In the mid-1990s, Tanju Okan was diagnosed with cirrhosis. Towards the end of December 1995, the artist, who was in danger of getting gangrene, had her left leg amputated above the knee. The artist, who spent the new year in the hospital, was discharged at the beginning of January. The artist, who took the stage for the last time on January 26, 1996, sang the song "My Woman" at a night held in Urla at the request of the audience. However, the situation of the artist, who could not quit smoking despite his illness, worsened again. On April 15, 1996, the Ministry of Culture and POPSAV organized a special night for the artist and names such as Sezen Aksu, Barış Manço and Cem Karaca performed for Okan. Tanju Okan passed away on May 23, 1996, shortly after this concert. He was buried in Iskele Cemetery in Urla upon his will. There is a Tanju Okan Park and Tanju Okan Statue in this district.



  • İnan Yağcı I'm Not / Spades Dolmuş (Owner's Voice-1965)
  • Sand Filled in Shoes / Sta Sera Pago Io (Owner's Voice-1965)
  • Little Fatoşum / I'm a Street Man (Owner's Voice-1966)
  • Two Strangers / Drunk (Owner's Voice-1967)
  • Like My Father / Uninhabitable In The Same House (with Rüçhan Çamay and Durul Gence 5.) (Regal-1968)
  • Life is Three Act / Haydar Haydar (Regal-1968)
  • Longing / Oh If I Was a Rich (Clover-1970)
  • Le Sourire De Mon Amour / S'il N'y Avait Que Toi Au Monde (Riviera-1970)
  • My Mother / If You Have Chances (Arya-1971)
  • If That Day Come / Life Is This Nermin (Arya-1971)
  • There Was a Fortune Teller / Crying Eyes (Balet-1971)
  • Black Sea Folk Song / I Have Life Too (Odeon-1971)
  • Title Coin / Coming Death (Odeon-1972)
  • I Loved You My Life / If I Was So Drunk (Fonex-1972)
  • Put It Put It / Go Out Go Out of Me (Philips-1972)
  • Darla Dırlada / Liar (Fonex-1972)
  • Someone / Can't Be (Ballet-1972)
  • Darla Dırlada / You Called, I Ran You (with Ayten Alpman) (Melody-1972)
  • Friend, Stop Wait / Who Separated Lovers (with Modern Folk Trio and Nilüfer.) (Philips-1973)
  • Beautiful, No Exemplary, I Love You / I Love You (Philips-1973)
  • I Smile When I Cry / Every Day Every Night (Signal-1973)
  • I Could Not Find a Friend / You Forget Inside (Fonex-1973)
  • I Was Nothing / Send It Away (Disco-1974)
  • With Tears / Love in Your Eyes (Philips-1974)
  • My Woman / Journey (Discotheque-1974)
  • Cheers / You'll Find Love (Philips-1974)
  • My People / We Are Artists by Birth (Discotheque-1975)
  • Drunk / Are You Drinking (Istanbul-1975)
  • Violinist / In Your Eyes When You Laugh (Gönül-1976)
  • My Friends / My Destiny (Nova-1976)
  • Anniversary / I Loved It Crazy (Philips-1976)
  • Sleeping in the Park / My Childhood (Philips-1978)


  • All My Songs (Philips-1975)
  • I'm Tired (Kent-1980)
  • My Woman / What To Whom (Emre-1991)
  • Years Later / The Swallow (Prestige-1992)
  • Tanju Okan 95 (March-1995)

After his death, two albums named Once Upon a Time from Odeon Plak, Best Of Tanju Okan were released.


  • Crying Bride, (1964)
  • Candy Are You Wow Wow, (1965)
  • Liar's Candle, (1965)
  • I Loved a Poor Girl, (1966)
  • Law of Love, (1966)
  • The Flame Inside Me (1966)
  • Berduş Girl, (1970)
  • If I Were Rich, (1971)
  • Tweezers Ali, (1971)
  • Torn Niyazi, (1971)
  • My mother-in-law is Kudurdu, (1973)
  • Siribim Şiribom, (1974)
  • What News, (1976)
  • The Wind of Wrath, (1982)

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