Inventor of Electronic Baglama
Erkin Koray has been in the Turkish rock music scene since the early
1960s. By the late 1960s, he was already a major figure in Turkish
psychedelic music (also called as Anatolian Rock), beginning with his
first psychedelic single Anma Arkadaş in 1967. In the early 1970s, he
formed the group Ter with the former members of Grup Bunalım (also
known as Bunalımlar). Although they only recorded one single before
breaking up, Hor Görme Garibi (a cover of the major arabesque hit by
Orhan Gencebay) was a smash hit, furthering Koray’s career.
In 1974, Erkin Koray released what is probably his best-known and
best-selling single, Şaşkın. Set to a traditional Egyptian tune, the
single proved Koray to be an ingenious musician and arranger.
Other major hits by Koray are Fesuphanallah, Istemem, Sevince, Öyle Bir
Geçer Zaman ki , Estarabim, Arap Saçı, Yalnızlar Rıhtımı, Akrebin
Gözleri and Çöpçüler.