SILUETLER, Sis, 1965

Another “Altin Mikrofon” (the golden microphone) release. As far as I know “Altin Mikrofon” was a talent show that got the winners a record deal. “Siluetler” were obviously heavily inspired by the “Shadows”, like most European instrumental bands of the early 60s. Again “Siluetler” managed to give their version of that sound a special Turkish twist. Great rock`n`roll!

SILUETLER, Sis, 1965

SILUETLER, Kasik havasi, 1965

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CAHIT OBEN, Makaram Sari Baglar, 1965

This is a  Turkish beat record with a great guitar. It didn`t have the original sleeve so I`ll add a cartoon that I found in a Turkish satire magazine from 1966. Actually I looked through whole stacks of magazines in a used book store in Istanbul to find some rock`n`roll related cartoons. This is from the “Akbaba” magazine. By the mid-60s rock`n`roll had reached not only Turkey but also Eastern Europe, even Russia. Below the cartoon it says: ” The Beatles fashion has reached the iron curtain.”

“Marx has lost!”

CAHIT OBEN, Makaram Sari Baglar, 1965

CAHIT OBEN, Halime, 1965


FERDI ÖZBEGEN, Kes-Kes, 1965

Ferdi Özbegen was a well known Turkish pop singer. Here he tries his hand on some twist songs with great results. Turkey has a rich history of pop culture and they tend to make everything their own. They have a really crazy movie industry and their cartoons have always been exceptional. Here`s another example from “Akbaba” magazine no. 28 from 1966. As more and more hippie tourists came to Turkey in search of high life and hashish, even the papers took note. And of course the border police…

…who led them directly to the hamam, the hairdresser and the tailor!

FERDI ÖZBEGEN, Kes-Kes, 1965

FERDI ÖZBEGEN, Sandigimi Acamadim, 1965


CELAL SAHIN, Hasso Twist

When I saw this record I was not sure if I should take it because it is so beat up and really scratched. There is even a small hole in the label. But after I listened to it I knew I wanted it. If only to try to find a better copy someday. “Celal Sahin” sounds like someone who is too old to be doing the twist but he`s got a really funny voice. This is a great novelty record. Now if I only knew what he is singing about…

“Akbaba” magazine no.26, 1966

CELAL SAHIN, Hasso Twist

CELAL SAHIN, Bugün git yarin gel


MEHMET TANERI, Bu son gecemiz (Thunderball), 1965

This is a cover version of the theme song for the “James Bond” film “Thunderball” from 1965, sung of course in Turkish. The illustration is from “Akbaba” magazine no. 22 from 1966. Compared to the image that Turkey, a Muslim country, still has today, the visual boldness of 1966 is pretty stunning.

MEHMET TANERI, Bu son gecemiz (Thunderball)

MEHMET TANERI, Sen sen sen,


JIMMY JIMSON, Lavender Coffin

I didn`t know how to record this any other way because I can`t plug my old record player that plays 78 rpm records into my computer. A slight departure from my usual 45s-only policy but it`s still a single! I bought this in the little thrift-store in my street for 2 euros. “Lavender Coffin” is the swing classic written in 1949 by Shirley Albert and made famous by Lionel Hampton. Here it`s sung by a Jimmy Jimson and backed by Werner Deinert and his band. At least that`s what it says on the label. It was released on the local Berlin label Metrophon, probably in the early 50s. I`m not a swing expert so I don`t know much more except that this ROCKS! Even more than the original Hampton version!

The B-side is a instrumental called “Mohrchen`s Boogie” written by Werner Deinert himself, that I didn`t record because it was a lot of work recording only one song this way.

I did however convert the audio track of the video of Lavender Coffin into this mp3…

JIMMY JIMSON, Lavender Coffin

And these are my “new” tracks:

JIMMY JIMSON, Lavender Coffin, 1949

WERNER DEINERT UND SEIN ORCHESTER, Mohrchens Boogie, 1949