Mohammad Nouri (singer)

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Mohammad hedayat Nouri
Birth name Mohammad Nouri
Born (1929-12-22)December 22, 1929
Rasht, Iran
Origin Tehran, Iran
Died July 31, 2010(2010-07-31) (aged 80)
Tehran, Iran
Genres Persian music
Classical music
Occupation(s) Composer, Singer
Years active 1942–2010
Website Facebook Fanpage

Mohammad Nouri (Persian: محمد نوری‎) (December 22, 1929 – July 31, 2010) was one of the foremost folk and pop singers in Iran. Before the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Nouri was relatively unknown among Iranian pop music lovers mainly because his was string orchestral pop tunes hardly fit for disco and party entertainment, not to mention little exposure and publicity efforts on his part . Not surprisingly, other than a few folk tunes, such as "Jaan-e Maryam" and "Gol-e Maryam," he was mostly played on the state run radio shows, such as the Army Hour or during odd hours or ibetween. Later when the Islamic regime overhauled the entire state run mass media and most pop artists flew out of the country and later continued their career overseas for their fellow exiled Iranian concert audiences, Nouri's career flourished . He had stayed behind since he was considered one of the "people's artists" and his work, especially the lyrics were indigenous directly from native northern folk tradition. To the post revolutionary youth Nouri's and a host of other traditional musicians' work embodied true art unaffected by the western commercialism and its loose trappings. After years of having been side-staged by disco and popular entertainers, Nouri began to enjoy renewed fame and reputation as his fan base grew wider and wider. By this time he had turned full circle to folk orchestral music and almost abandoned the old string orchestral style.


Nouri studied English Language and Literature at the University of Tehran, but continued his professional career in music.[1] He studied Persian music under Esmaeil Mehrtash and music theory and piano under Sirous Shahrdar and Fereidoun Farzaneh. In his singing style he was considered as a follower of Hossein Aslani and Naser Hosseini.[1]

Nouri rose to prominence in the 1960s with his distinct style of singing and enjoyed four decades of popularity among Iranians of all generations.

His song Jaan-e Maryam, Gol-e Maryam (جان مریم، گل مریم), as well as his patriotic song Iran, Iran, have been and are well known melodies and themes among three generations of Iranians from both before and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Renowned singer, Mohammad Nouri passed away" (in Persian). BBC. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Everlasting voice of Maryam dies". Press TV. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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