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Birth name: Tarkan Tevetoglu.
Also known as: Tarkan.
Born: October 17, 1972 Alzey, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Tarkan biography (bio):
Tarkan Tevetoglu is popularly known as Tarkan, is an award-winning pop and World Music singer in Turkey. He has released several platinum-selling albums during his career, with an estimated 15 million albums sold. He also produces music through his company HITT Music, which he established in 1997. Noted for his live stage performances, Tarkan's effect on Turkey has been compared by the Washington Post as analogous to Elvis in America circa 1957; Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun described him as one of the best live performers he had ever seen.
Tarkan is one of a few European singers that has managed to span chart success over three continents without singing in English. Often cited as the "Turkish Prince of Pop", he has charted in Russia, Europe and in the Americas with the song "Sımarık" (Spoilt/Kiss Kiss/Chanson Du Bisou/Besos). As a result of its widespread success, Tarkan was listed by Rhapsody as a key artist in the history of European pop music, with his signature song as a keystone track that moved the genre forward.
Immediately recognizable with the sound of Tarkan kissing on the track, "Sımarık" was reincarnated in English as "Kiss Kiss" by Stella Soleil and later Holly Valance, after the composer Sezen Aksu sold the music rights, and has been covered by various artists across the world in various languages. Another successful Aksu collaboration was the hit single "Sıkıdım" (Shake).
Tarkan Tevetoglu was born in Alzey, Germany, to Ali and Neşe Tevetoğlu, and was named after a popular 1960s Turkish comic book character. The name originates from an ancient Turkic king
or title, meaning bold and strong.
His parents were part of the generation of Turkish immigrants that came to West Germany during that country's economic boom. Tarkan has three older half-siblings named Adnan, Gülay and Nuray from his mother's first marriage, and a full brother, Hakan, as well as a full younger sister, Handan. Although Tarkan was raised in Alzey until the age of 13, his father Ali suddenly decided to move the family back to Turkey in 1986. His father died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 49, and was buried in his home village of Ruzgarlı Koy, in the Turkish Black Sea region of Rize. His mother later married an architect, Seyhun Kahraman. Tarkan keeps close ties with his family in Turkey and Germany.