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Posted By: Jack Campin
13-Oct-14 - 04:55 PM
Thread Name: fifties popsongs that started as folk
Subject: RE: fifties popsongs that started as folk
"Üsküdar'a gider iken" probably dates to the early 19th century. Its route of transmission to Eartha Kitt most likely runs through Zeki Müren, who had a Turkish hit with it a few years before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwh_3yt_DTU

This wonderful documentary by the Bulgarian filmmaker Adela Peeva goes into all the other places that song got to:

Whose Is This Song?

Its last few minutes are absolutely hair-raising.