Bülent Ersoy (born June 9, 1952, Istanbul), Turkish classical music singer. The artist is known by the nickname "Diva". He was born on June 9, 1952 in Istanbul. He started his art life by taking private music lessons. Bulent Ersoy, who started to be interested in music from a very young age, attended Istanbul Conservatory for 2 months. He explained that his teacher Süheylâ Sixty Four Bülent Ersoy attended the conservatory for 2 months and then quit.
During his education, he took private lessons from masters such as Melahat Pars and Rıdvan Aytan. When he graduated from the conservatory, he had the opportunity to develop his musical experiences through his academic training and took his first step on the stage in 1970 in Fıstıkağacı, Üsküdar, in Özlem Aile Gazinosu, which is one of the first family casinos of the period, known today as Oya Düğün Salonu. By participating in the sound competition organized by the Sunar Concert Bureau-Fikret Torun, he won the first place in this competition and received a monetary prize of 1000 TL. Subsequently, he worked as a headliner for three months in this nightclub, and in 1971 his first 45 did not need to be left - what's good for you, he left Saner Plak. At this age of 45, the artist sang the works named "Needlessness" and "What Benefits Will You Develop", whose lyrics and music belong to Muzaffer Özpınar.
1973: First Engagement
In 2016, his colleague, Turkish classical music artist Onur Akay, shared photos of Bulent Ersoy's manhood, which is nowhere to be found, and announced that Ersoy had engaged with the woman in the photograph in 1973. Bulent Ersoy filed a lawsuit against Onur Akay, demanding compensation of 50 thousand TL, following the photos falling like a bomb on the magazine's agenda. 22. At the first hearing held in July 2017, the Court of First Instance ruled that the court in charge was the Civil Court of Intellectual and Industrial Rights and gave a decision of non-jurisdiction without entering the content of the file. Ersoy later pardoned Akay.
1974-1979: first stage experience
He appeared on the stage at Maksim Casino in 1974. The classic long player that he released earned record sales with the record titled “Tuti-i Miracle, Guyem What I Say Is Not A Lâf”. Fahrettin Aslan, owner of Maksim Casino, decided to remove Bülent Ersoy as a headliner. However, the surname of the artist, whose real surname was Erkoç, was changed to Ersoy by Müjdat Gezen.
In his artistic life, which he started as the representative of Müzeyyen Senar, Bülent Ersoy became an extraordinary commentator and the banner of a great attitude with his high academic art career and his education. With every song she sings, such as "Like Doves Waiting for Spring", "I'm Going to Troubleshoot", the chart has constantly climbed up. In those years, he sang many classical Turkish music songs for TRT. In the seventies; Although commercial songs such as pop, arabesque and fantasy were popular in the music market at that time, he made a dark classical long-play consisting of works such as Itrî's “Tut-î Mucize-I Gûyem”, which he named in an album. This first piece of melodies broke a sales record in the music market.
1980-1989: the ban period
When he opened his breasts after the cheering from the audience at the İzmir Fair in August 1980, İzmir Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against him. He was arrested in September 1980 for insulting a judge in his home in Kordon and was detained in Buca Prison. After the September 12 coup, he received a ban on stage with transgender artists in June 1981. The ban was lifted on January 8, 1988.
On April 14, 1981, a woman with a sex change operation she had in London, but Turkey did not recognize gender change. In 1983, the Council of State decided that Bülent Ersoy was "a man legally and could only appear on stage at nightclubs in men's clothing". It was thanks to the law that allowed gender reassignment in 1988 under the leadership of the then prime minister, Turgut Özal, who also lifted the ban on stage.
1990 and after
Bülent Ersoy received citizenship offers from various European countries during his ban. During a concert he gave in Adana in 1989, he lost a kidney by being shot because he did not read the request called "Çırpındadı Karadeniz" from an audience. The artist, who got a criminal from Aşktan in 2011, still gives various concerts. He was a jury member in the song contest Popstar Alaturka.
Bülent Ersoy, who gave hundreds of concerts in Turkey and abroad, and also released an album bearing his name for his concert in Australia, made albums with high sales graphics such as I Love You, I Want to Live, We Separate, and We Are Your Sister Kurban Sana. "Benim Dünya Güzellerim", dated 1995, was her first album released under the label "S Müzik". Selçuk Tekay's music director and Özkan Turgay's arranger performed ten songs in the album. In the same year, he contributed to Classical Turkish music by making an album called “Alaturka 95” in accordance with the mode and method. In the album directed by Muzaffer Özpınar, he reinterpreted the works of many musicians such as Hacı Arif Bey, Münir Nurettin Selçuk and Kemani Serkis Efendi. In the study including fourteen works; In addition to classical works such as "Aziz Istanbul", "We are on the Horizon of an Unreturnable Evening", "Where Have You Stayed, O Servi Nazım", he also included two anonymous folk songs called "Buy My Context" and "Karam".
Bülent Ersoy published his next work in 1997, and the album, named Maazallah, resonated before it was released. Working with Halil Karaduman and Osman İşmen during the preparation of the album, the artist sang a repertoire of popular songs and anonymous folk songs. The video clip of his song named “Maazallah”, which gave the album its name, made a big splash. Bülent Ersoy's next album was Canımsın, which he released in 2002. Bülent Ersoy, who presented the album Aşktan Sabıkalı to the appreciation of music lovers in 2011, sang the song Bir Ben Bir Allah Knows with Tarkan in this album, signed by Tarkan.
He became the first Turkish artist to perform at London Palladium in 1980 and at Madison Square Garden in 1983. On March 30, 1997, after Ümmü Gülsüm, she became the first Turkish artist to perform at the Olympia music hall with ethnic musical instruments. Bülent Ersoy was also the first Turkish artist to give a concert at Olympia after Ajda Pekkan and Dario Moreno, and presented a four-hour program with his orchestra consisting of fifty people on the stage.
Sound Professor Award
The artist, who has released more than thirty albums to date, has made a name for himself in Turkish Music History. The artist was among the most important performers of classical songs ever. He received numerous awards during his musical life. His wide range and high volume sound was found to be 'one hundred percent flawless' as a result of the tests conducted in sound laboratories in Japan and in 1997 he was awarded the title of "International Montu Merid Music Doctor".
Opinions and lawsuits filed against
Bulent Ersoy, in a magazine show in 2005, said that he attempted to lift the ban on stage imposed on him in the past, "The person who is now the leader of a party in order to lift my stage ban in the period of September 12, asked me for wealth." said. Following this statement, DYP Chairman Mehmet Ağar stated that the leader in question was not himself and said, "I cannot say that he is the leader of the right party." said. Upon this, eyes turned to the then CHP leader Deniz Baykal.
Emphasizing that he was a lawyer at that time, Baykal said that Bülent Ersoy called him to consult and talked only for 2 minutes, and that nothing was spoken about the issue of money. Bülent Ersoy held a press conference thereupon. In his statements, Ersoy claimed that he met face-to-face with Deniz Baykal in an office behind Dedeman Hotel in Ankara and said, “In fact, Deniz Bey had a gray suit on him. If I can remember all these details, I can remember that today you want 1 million, which is 100 trillion. " said. He also claimed that the person who mediated the meeting was Mehmet Nabi İnciler, the famous mafia boss known as İnci Baba. In addition, he said that he did not know whether the 100 million lira that Baykal asked from him was just a lawyer fee or would be used to distribute bribes to various people in order to lift the stage ban.
Following this press release, Deniz Baykal sued Bülent Ersoy for 300 thousand lira in damages, alleging that he violated his personal rights due to both bribery and mafia implications. At the end of the trial, the court fined Ersoy, but when Ersoy objected to the decision, the case was moved to the Supreme Court. On March 25, 2008, the Court of Appeals upheld the local court's decision and ordered Bülent Ersoy to pay 15 lira in non-pecuniary damage to Baykal, including interest.
Lawsuit filed due to his views on military service
In the song contest called Popstar Alaturka on February 26, 2008, 15 casualties that occurred during a military operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces in the north of Iraq said, “Ok, the homeland is not divided, I don't know what; but, according to the eyes, all mothers give birth to these children and give them to the land. Is this so? (…) "Martyrs do not die, the land is indivisible", always the same clichés. We always say that. The children are leaving, bloody tears, funerals… Cliché words… ”. He also had a polemic with Ebru Gündeş, who was also a jury member in the same program.
The Bakırköy Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation against Bülent Ersoy, claiming that he committed the crime of 'cooling the public from military service'. However, the court saw Ersoy's words as freedom of thought and acquitted him.