Ilhan Irem the Legendary Name of Turkish Music Passed Away

Famous singer Ilhan Irem, who has been suffering from kidney disease for a while, died in the hospital where he received dialysis treatment. Receiving the news of the death of 67-year-old İrem, her fans burst into tears.

Ilhan Irem, who was hospitalized in 2016 due to kidney disease, was connected to a dialysis machine. Sad news came from the famous artist. One of the legendary names of Turkish music, 67-year-old İrem died in the hospital where she was treated.


Irem’s body will be buried in the Asiyan cemetery in Istanbul. On the other hand, it was learned that Irem was preparing for a new album before she passed away.


İlhan İrem was born in 1955 in Bursa. His entry into music life was when he was selected as a soloist in the school orchestra by the seniors in 1969 at the age of 14. In 1970, Marmara region won the first place in the High School Music Competition organized by the Meltemler Orchestra and Milliyet Newspaper. With the same staff, she continued to sing dance music at Bursa Celik Palas Hotel and Uludag discos until 1972.

In 1973, he did not achieve the success he expected with his first 45 single “Unite All Hands – Sometimes Joy, Sometimes Sorrow”, which he made for the Discotur company with his own means. After rejecting the record company’s request to have other artists sing his compositions, his second 45 single “It’s a Pity for Tomorrow – Come on, Wipe Your Eyes” suddenly made the young artist the most popular singer. He continued his success with his third single “Anlasana”, which was released in 1975. His fourth album, “Uncle Puppetry”, in which he questioned God in 1976, was recalled from the market by the record company as a result of pressure. His first LP work “İlhan İrem 1973-1976” was released in 1976. “Don’t be sad, my friend”, “How is the weather”, “Separation Evening”, “Living Without You”, “Honey Mouth”, etc., became the top of the list of 45 songs in total between 1973-1981. He published 10 45 songs.

With his symphonic LP “Sevgiliye”, which he released in 1979, he took a new path in his musical life with an academic study for the first time in the arrangement of Esin Engin. For the first time in the album “Sevgiliye”, he composed and performed “Welcome”, a poem by Nazim Hikmet, apart from the words he wrote. His composition “Bir Yildiz” made it to the 1979 Eurovision Turkey final, but he was drafted before he could compete. The reason for this was that the song was published on the Sevgiliye album. In 1981, “Bezgin”, consisting of the compositions he made during his military service, was published. In 1983, his trilogy “Window… Bridge… And Beyond…”, which is the product of seven years of work and named “Rock symphony” by the artist himself, begins to be published in sequence.

In 1984, he represents Turkey in the Golden Orpheus Competition held in Bulgaria. It does not qualify, but wins the “Journalists Special Award”. In 1985, the second product of the trilogy, “The Bridge”, was released for the first time, with the story of a record called “Window… Bridge… And Beyond…” “Halley”, the lyrics of which he wrote in 1986, was composed by Melih Kibar and brought Turkey the best rating ever received in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. In 1987, the last of the trilogy, “And Beyond”, was released together with “There’s Someone Far Away” . In 1988, his album “Dden Tomorrow” was released, and in 1989, “Ucun Kuslar” albums were released. In 1990, the third book “Catastrophe” (Poems) and “Window… Bridge… And Beyond…” were published. He released the album “İlhan-i Aşk” in 1992.

Along with the albums “Koridor” and “Romans” published in 1994, the fourth book “Delirium” was released in the same year. “Valentine’s Day / The Best Of İlhan İrem 1” in 1995, “Love Potion & Witch Tree / The Best Of İlhan İrem 2” in 1997, “Life Kiss / The Best Of İlhan İrem 3” album in 1998 and “Millenium / Virtualization” Mice, Bats and Others”, the fifth book has reached the reader.

In 2000, his previous works “Bezgin”, “Window… Kopru… And Beyond…” albums, some parts of which were mixed with original recordings, “Secret Letters of Bezgin”, “Pale Blue Window”, “Bridge to Clouds”, It was re-released as “Dreams and Beyond”.

The new songs “I Love You” were published in 2001 and “Heavenly Hymns” in 2006. He is married to Hansu İrem, a graduate of METU Psychology. His wife has a share in many of his works.

Ece Nagihan

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