- Gender: Male
- Birthday: 1953-05-07
- Day of Death: 2013-03-03 ( 60 years old )
- Place of Birth: Halfeti, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye
- Also Known As: Müslüm Baba
From 1967 on, he performed live türkü, Turkish folk songs, regularly on Saturdays within the state-owned radio station of TRT Adana-Çukurova. His debut record single “Emmioğlu/Ovada Taşa Basma” was released in 1968. The next year in 1969, he already landed a hit record titled “Sevda Yüklü Kervanlar/Vurma Güzel Vurma” released by Palandöken Records in Istanbul, which sold 300,000 copies
After completing his conscription, he returned to Istanbul and successfully continued to record folk songs. He had 13 singles by label Palandöken, four by Bestefon, 15 by Hülya Records and finally two by Çin Çin Records. Müslüm Gürses stepped into Yeşilçam and starred in 38 movies.
Later in his life, Gürses’s interest started to shift toward other musical genres. He included pop and rock music to his repertory, singing such titles as “Olmadı Yar” of Nilüfer, “Paramparça” of Teoman and “İkimizin Yerine” of Tarkan.
Müslüm Gürses mainly sang Turkish folk and Ottoman classical music. In his songs, he primarily expressed sorrow and painful feelings. He is considered a cult figure of Turkish folk music, and has a very dedicated group of fans, who call him “Müslüm Baba'” (“Papa Müslüm”) affectionately.