In , he formed Baris Manco Ve He later formed the legendary Kurtalan Ekspres in , the band led until his death. His first and only live album was released after he toured with Kurtalan Ekspres in Japan in The artist impressed everyone when he started his television career in , directing and presenting ''7'den 77'ye" From 7 to In the 90s, he became more popular across the world, as 20, fans attended his live concert in Japan, where Turkish and Japanese flags were waved in harmony.
Manco wrote and recorded more than songs over during his career with many translated into English, Japanese, French, Italian, Greek, Persian, and Arabic. Suffering a heart attack, Manco died Jan. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered together in Istanbul for his funeral, showing the late Turkish legend that he was loved by all ages.
In and , with his next band, Harmoniler "The Harmonies" , he recorded cover versions of some of popular American twist songs and rearrangements of Turkish folk songs in rock and roll form, marking the beginning of the Anatolian rock movement, a synthesis of Turkish folk music and rock. In this period, his key visual and musical influence was Elvis Presley.
In , he suffered a serious car accident, after which he started to grow his signature mustache to disguise his scar. He recorded several singles and toured with the band, both domestically and internationally, until the band members revealed that they did not want to live abroad.
Today, the song remains one of his most popular works. In , he formed Kurtalan Ekspres , a legend by itself, the band that would accompany him until his death. In until when he continued to release singles, he released his first non-compilation LP , a concept album that includes many instrumental songs.
Although the album did not bring the fame he was expecting, it did reach the top of the charts in Romania and Morocco. The following year, the album was released in Turkey under the title Nick the Chopper.
In he starred in the movie Baba Bizi Eversene Father make us marry which is the only movie he ever starred in during his career. It was a combined music, talk show, and documentary program which was a major hit during the eight years it stayed on air.
Although his fame continued in the s thanks to the wide audience of his TV show, which was followed by all age groups, his musical works in this period were not as successful as those in the previous decades. On the other hand, in he toured in Japan with Kurtalan Ekspres, leading to Live In Japan , his only live album. His sudden death caused an almost unanimous shock in Turkey with millions of people mourning and tens of thousands of people attending his funeral.
In his early career he and his bands contributed to the Turkish rock movement by combining traditional Turkish music with rock influences, which is still one of the main trends of Turkish popular music. His visual image, characterized by his long hair, mustache and big rings, softened the reaction of the otherwise conservative Turkish public opinion.
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