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Author Topic: Engin Yörükoğlu, legendary Turkish drummer from Moğollar dies  (Read 1776 times)
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« on: May 11, 2010, 03:13:35 PM »

One of the founders of the Turkish Anatolian rock band Moğollar, Engin Yörükoğlu, died Friday in his home in the Kızılağaç village in Bodrum in the Aegean province of Muğla.

Yörükoğlu, 65, was last seen at a Moğollar concert in Bodrum. He had been undergoing treatment in hospital for lung cancer since 2007.

Dr. Ergun Kaçar from the Bodrum State Hospital said the musician had died of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest caused by cancer.

Born on Jan. 7, 1945, in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş, Yörükoğlu was one of the names that kept Moğollar, one of the pioneer bands in Turkish rock music, alive for such a long time.

He graduated from the Haydarpaşa High School in Istanbul and began producing music in 1963.

He joined the Selçuk Alagöz Orchestra in 1964 and worked for the band Kurtalan Ekspress. Later on, he went to France and formed various trios and quartets. He made music in Turkey for a long time with musician Cahit Berkay while also working at other businesses to earn a living.

Berkay and Yörükoğlu recorded two albums under the name Moğollar, which disbanded in 1976.

He returned to Turkey in 1991 and opened a local venue called Jazz Stop in Istanbul, which provided an opportunity for those making alternative music. He also operated a restaurant called Farm Stop in Bodrum’s Kızılağaç village.

After a 17-year absence, Berkay, Yörükoğlu and Taner Öngür reformed Moğollar in 1993, joined by keyboard player Serhat Ersöz.

Yörükoğlu also performed in and produced music for theater plays, attending nearly 15 theater festivals in Europe. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=legendary-drummer-of-mogollar-dies-2010-04-23

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