The eldest son of renown Turkish musician Barış Manço revealed his father’s complete name in a YouTube video this week.
Doğukan Manço, a musician himself, said the late cofounder of the Anatolian rock genre actually had an extended name and explained how “Tosun Yusuf Mehmet Barış Manço” came to be.
“My father’s first name, “Mehmet”, comes from his grandfather, Mehmet Abdi Manço,” Doğukan said on YouTube.
The name “Yusuf” was added at the singer’s birth in 1943 to commemorate his cousin, Yusuf Ulcay, who died a year earlier, Doğukan cited his aunt, Inci Manço, as telling him.
“And that’s not all. Because (my father) was born close to 5.5 kilos, the nurses in the hospital said, ‘He can be called “Tosun.”’ So his name was listed as ‘Tosun Yusuf Mehmet Barış Manço’,” Doğukan explained. “Tosun” means “well-built” in Turkish, a contrast to Manço’s slender figure in adulthood.
Manço’s family went to the civil registry department and took out the name “Tosun Yusuf”, in 1954, while the future rock pioneer was taking his middle school entrance exam.
Before his sudden death in 1999 due to a heart attack, Manço composed around 200 songs and is among the best-selling and most awarded Turkish artists to date. Many of his songs were translated into a variety of languages including English, French, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Farsi, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic and German, among others.
Also known for television programming and his role as cultural ambassador for Turkey, Manço remains one of the most popular public figures in the country.