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İlhan İrem


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İlhan İrem (Born in 1 April 1955, Bursa), Turkish singer and song writer. His first single was released in mid 70s. He was most popular between late 70s and early 80s. He is still working on many kinds of art.

He is one of the most misunderstood artist in Turkish music scene. This can be said, because the lyrics of his songs were mostly metaphoric.

İlhan İrem’s professional career began in 1973 when he was only 18. Shortly after his first single, his second single including the hits “Yazik Oldu Yarinlara/Haydi Sil Gozlerini” has sold more than two million copies which made him the best seller singer in 1974. One year later, the single he made in 1975, “Anlasana” (Do understand) was the first sign that he was going to be a superstar in the future. This great start along with his being very popular brought into view his personal life more than his understanding of music, despite his wish. That wasn’t the atmosphere he wanted to bring about.

The single he made in 1976 was an answer to such approaches.”Bir Varmis Bir Yokmus/Kuklaci Amca” (Once upon a time/Puppet man).

His first work in which he questioned God and built up relations to metaphysics was unfortunately collected by the firm after 30.000 copies were released because of the threats made by religious fanatics.


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