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During these halcyon days for marriage equality, the notion of a flamboyantly gay singer capturing the heart of the nation would seem a rather ho-hum affair. But what about back in the 1950s—and in a largely Muslim country?
Universally beloved across generations in Turkey, Zeki Müren, who died on stage in 1996 at the age of 64, was as adored an Anatolian performer as there ever was. Called the "Sun" of Turkish classical music, Müren's appearance became more effeminate as he got older and the Turkish (and Greek) multitudes loved him all the more. Like Liberace, to whom he has been endlessly compared, Müren never volunteered revelations of his sexuality. But he never really hid it either, and the story of Turkey's universal devotion to him is endlessly fascinating. A two-disc collection of Müren's older, classical singing is available via the eminent Bodega Pop. A recording of "Hatıra," one of Müren's most popular songs, is included in the Turkish 45s bonanza leading off today's Motherlode.
[Lest you think Turkey is some sort of liberal sanctuary for progressive artists, read this.]
Various ~ Killer assortment of Turkish 45s
(Blog: Turkish Psychedelic Music 2)
Dig this trove of more than two dozen Turkish delights of the 45rpm variety. Wonderful performances by stars Selda, Cem Karaca, Edip Akbayram, Fikret Kizilok, Gökçen Kaynatan, Nese Karaböcek, Orhan Gencebay, and many more including one of my all-time favorites, Zeki Müren!