Zeki Müren (1931-1996) was a prominent Turkish singer. He was famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation in his singing of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs. Müren grew up in the provincial capital city of Bursa in western Turkey. From 1950 to 1953 he studied decorative arts in Istanbul at the Fine Arts Academy while launching his musical career. Müren’s first album was issued in 1951, at which time he was a regular singer on Istanbul Radio. In 1955 he produced his first Gold Record.