Levent ÇokerBorn: 1958, Izmit (Turkey)
Levent Çoker composed both of the entries with which Şebnem Paker represented Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest: the brassy ballad ‘Besinçi mevsim’ in 1996 and the very ethnically flavoured ‘Dinle’ in 1997. These entries placed twelfth and third respectively; the latter result was the best placing ever for Turkey in the festival at that time. For both efforts, Çoker wrote the arrangements and conducted the orchestra in the international final. In 1998, Paker and Çoker had another go in the Turkish pre-selection, but the song ‘Çal’ failed to pick up any points and finished joint-last.
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