Musician, novelist. He was born in Adana in 1945. He had to drop out the school, he worked as apprentice, as tractor driver in farms and he contributed to subsistence of his family. When he was sixteen he went to Istanbul from Adana to become a singer.
After a short time he went back to Adana and continued to his old work. In 1968, he went to Istanbul again and made a contract with Seda Record for two records. He was known with his record titled “Bana Gerçekleri Söyle”.
He has more than fifty records and acted in more than thirty movies, he worked as director. He received Golden Record award nine times. He wrote his own life story as a novel.
NOVEL: Şekerci Çırağı (2003).
RECORD: Bırak Şu Gurbeti, Çeşme, Derbeder, Benim Gibi Sevenler, Yadeller, Son Sabah, Boynu Bükük, Olmaz Olsun, Yuvasız Kuşlar, Batan Güneş, Huzurum Kalmadı, Günaha Girme, Kalbimdeki Acı, Sen de mi Leyla, Yaktı Beni, İnsan Sevince, Durdurun Dünyayı, Bir Damla Ateş, Bende Özledim, Herşeyim Sensin, Utanıyorum, Çılgın Arzular, Haram Oldu, İçimde Bir His Var, Ya Benimsin Ya Toprağın, Sevgiler Çiçek Gibi, Affet Allah’ım, Naz Etme-Canına Okuyacağım, Allah’ım Sen Bilirsin, Hoşçakal Leyla, Bizim Sokaklar, Bana da Söyle, Emmoğlu, Mor Güller, Dünya, Of Dağlar, Yoksun-Kör Talih, Zaman Tüneli, Klasikler 2, Zengin Olursam.
FILM DIRECTOR: Haram Oldu, İçimde Bir His Var, Ya Benimsin Ya Toprağın, Canına Okuyacağım, Sevgiler Çiçek Gibi, Affet Allah’ım.
REFERENCE: İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2. edition, 2009).