One of pioneers of Turkish pop music, Erol Büyükburç, 78, was found dead in his house in Etiler on Thursday, March 12. Police examination suggests Büyükburç died of natural causes.
Known as Turkey’s Elvis Presley in his hey-days, Buyukburc was born on March 22, 1936 in Adana.
After graduating grom Istanbul Musical Avademy, Buyukburc entered music industry initially by performing western pop hits and later writing Turkish lyrics to western pop hits.
With Turkish pop music gaining fans among masses thanks to Sezen Aksu and other 1980s band who in contrast to Buyukburc produced their music and lyrics using authentic Turkish elements, Buyukburc’s fame started to decline however he stayed as a nostalgia icon representing late 60s and early 70s Turkish musical scene.
Continuing his career as a producer and a songwriter, Buyukburc appeared in 33 films, 20 photo novels, released six gramophone records, five LPs, nine cassettes and 75 45s. He won 200 awards and composed 1,800 songs.