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Vigen Derderian (in other spellings: Viguen, Persian: ویگن) (November 23, 1929 - October 26, 2003), known as "Sultan of Persian Pop" and "Sultan of Persian jazz", was a hugely popular Armenian-Iranian pop music singer. He is famous throughout the Near East.
Born into a relatively poor family of 8 children in city of Hamadān, Iran. Vigen was brought up by his older brother, after his father died when he was seven. During the second world war, his family moved to the northern city of Tabriz then under invasion of the soviet army. He bought his first guitar from a soviet soldier. Later on he was widely listening to Italian and Spanish singers and using and modifying their music to perform with Persian lyrics. His brother Karo Derderian was a poet, the Lalaee (Lullaby) lyrics were written by him.
By 1951, Vigen had got his first job, performing at the Café Shemiran. One night, a national radio producer heard him, with the result that his first song, Mahtab (Moonlight), was broadcast on...

 


 

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