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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Late American Producer Fan of Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportIn an interview run by Turkish paper Milliyet with late Turkish-American music producer Arif Mardin's son, Joe Mardin reveals that his father was a great fan of popular recording artist Tarkan (see left pic).

Speaking from his home in New York before the screening of a documentary of his father's life in Istanbul, Joe Mardin talked about his father's admiration for the pop singer.

"I'm a great fan of Tarkan, as was my father ... I've never worked with Tarkan. My father had talked to him about them working together, but I don't think they did. My dad was a fan of his, he really liked him a lot," he said.

In 2006, Turkish singer-songwriter Nazan Öncel had expressed the belief that she felt Tarkan had been let down by Turkish American music producers Ahmet Ertegün and Mardin.

Mardin, who died in 2006, had worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco, and country.

He worked at Ertegün's label Atlantic Records for over 30 years, as both an assistant, producer, arranger, studio manager, and vice president, before moving to EMI and serving as vice president and general manager of Manhattan Records.

Awarded 11 Grammy Awards, his collaborations include working with The Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Phil Collins and Norah Jones.

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