Died: January 29, 1997 (age 63) in Istanbul, Turkey
His well known 1968 hit "Samanyolu" (literally "Milky Way") is a Turkish melody. "Samanyolu" was the theme music of a 1967 film with the same title. He collaborated with Teoman Alpay for the lyrics. Sung by Berkant, the song became famous in Turkey and earned Berkant a gold record. The next year Dutch singer David Alexandre Winter covered the same song with the title "Oh Lady Mary" and with French lyrics. The song has been covered by numerous artists including Dalida and Paul Mauriat.