lyricist (B. January 2nd, 1943, Istanbul- D. February 1st,
1999, Istanbul) His full name was Mehmet Barış Manço. He was a second child of
Mrs. Rikkat, instructor and actress of Turkish classical music in State
Conservatory, and Mr. İsmail Hakkı. He was educated in
Manço was inherently talented
in music and initiated to be engaged in musical studies starting as early as
his secondary school years. He improved his interest for the guitar as of
childhood and his technique and musical knowledge were supported by the piano
courses he took from his mother. He formed his first band “Kafadarlar” together
with his friend in 1958. He was granted a reward for his first composition “Dream Girl” in
When he came back to
He gained gold medals
for Nick The Copper and a Bulgarian
song named Ben Bir Şarkıyım in the Golden
Orpheus song contest in 1980. The song named “Dönence” in his album Sözüm Meclisten Dışarı released in 1981
was generally recognized as first “Psychedelic Rock” work in
Manço achieved great success his in television career as much as in his music career. Starting as of October 1988, he presented a culture and entertainment television show, “7’den 77’ye ( from 7 to 77)” oriented for children and families which was broadcasted in TRT 1 channel for the 370th time in June 1998 breaking a record hard to be renewed in Turkish TV broadcasting history. In the TV program called “Ekvator’dan Kutuplar’a”; he travelled to several countries in five continents with his team. He also performed the production of a talk-show named 4 x 21 Doludizgin.
The mansion, in which he lived together with his family until he died, was turned into a museum where personal belongings were exhibited.
SOME OF HIS RECORDS: Twistin USA / The Jet (with Harmoniler, 1962 Çıt Çıt Twist / Dream Girl (with Harmoniler,1963), Jenny Jenny / Un Autre Amour Que Toi (with Jacques Denjean Orchestra 1964), Il Arrivera / Une Fille (Les Mistigris ile 1966), Bien Fait Pour Toi /Aman Avcı Vurma Beni (with Les Mistigris,1966 Karanlıklar İçinde / Trip (with Kaygısızlar 1968), Bogaziçi / Flower Of Love (with Kaygısızlar 1968), Runaway / Unutamıyorum (with Kaygısızlar 1969), Binboğanın Kızı – Kaygısızlar / Ay Osman (with Moğollar 1971), Fil İle Kurbağa – Kaygısızlar / Je Te Retrouverais (Les Mistigris, collected in 1972), Ölum Allah’ın Emri / Gamzedeyim Deva Bulmam (with Kurtalan Ekspres 1972), Nick The Chopper / Lonely Man (George Hayes Orchestra 1977), Hal Hal / Eğri Eğri Doğru Doğru Eğri Büğrü Ama Yine De Doğru (with Kurtalan Ekspres 1981).
REFERENCE: Metin Solmaz / Türkiye'de Pop Müzik - Dünü ve Bugünü ile Bir İnfilak Masalı (1996), Ali Kırca / Barış Manço’ya Özlem Ali Kırca Siyaset Meydanı (1999), Birgül Yangın / Çağdaş Türk Ozanı Barış Manço (2002), Hulusi Tunca / Uzun Saçlı Dev (2005), Gökhan Akçura / İnsanlar Âlemi: Ivır Zıvır Tarihi (2005), Murat Yatağanbaba / Türk Kültürünün Karbon Kağıdı: Barış Manço, Orhan Kahyaoğlu / Bülent Ortaçgil, Bülent Özükan / Barış Manço Kitabı (2008), Erkin Erkal / Türkiye’de Rock’ın Tarihi (2012), İhsan Işık / Ünlü Sanatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 5, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).