Yorgo Bacanos was born in Silivri near Istanbul in 1900. His father was of Greek gypsy descent, and was largely responsible for introducing the young Yorgo to music, presenting him with his first oud at the age of five. Yorgo soon left school to concentrate on music full-time, and he made is first public appearance in an Istanbul nightclub at the age of twelve. He soon went on to perform on Turkish Radio and performed with the best musicians of his era, inluding Munir Nurettin Selcuk, Sadi Isilay and Zeki Muren in Turkey, and Um Kulthoum and Munir Bashir in the Arab world. Yorgo Bacanos also gave concerts in many European countries, and became one of the finest and best-known oud players of his time (alongside Udi Hrant) before his death in 1977.