Googoosh at her Tehran home. The photo was
taken by the
late Tajik journalist, Mohiyeddin Alampour around 1995
and published in a reecent BBC Persian Service pamphlet.
Letters to the most-loved Iranian alive
January 11, 1999
You may have always doubted Googoosh's talents as an entertainer. You
may think she is a false idol whose influence on pop culture died with
the 1979 revolution. You are in a very small minority.
Googoosh has not perfomed in 20 years. She chose to remain in Iran after
1979 and has kept a low profile. Yet she sells more CDs and tapes than
any other Iranian artist. Hikers sing her songs on Tehran's mountain trails.
Children who were born after she stopped singing, listen to her tapes on
Walkmans at school. And she is practically worshipped in Tajikistan, where
many speak Persian. She is, without a doubt, the most-loved Iranian alive.
The following are letters written to her on the googoosh.com
* Part of everyone's life
It has been a long time since I have seen you. You were my and my family's
favorite singer. I used to listen to your music all the time. You made
me feel good when I was sad and depressed. You were part of everyone's
life not only in Iran but other countries too. I used to collect your pictures
and my friends used to do the same and I remember that in school me and
my classmate would exchange your pictures in class. I used to ask my friends:
"Who do like better; Googoosh or Farah?"
I am sure everyone is missing you and I wish you could come to the USA.
I bilieve that no one can take your place as far as music. You were number
one and nobody could beat you. You were always innovative and as far as
i remember others were trying to copy you including me. I loved you style
and everything about you. I don't want to take your time and wish you well
and success like always. Please return my e-mail and I'll be honered if
you do so. I can write forever but I am at work so I am going back to work.
I love you and hope to talk to you soon.
* Beh Los Angeles naya
DAR EEN CHAND SALE MA TORO KHEILI MISS KARDIM VA HANOZ DAR EEN 20 SAAL
GOOGOOSH DIGARY MOTEVALED NASHODE. HAR JA HASTY KHOSH BASHY VA BE LOS ANGELES
HICH VAGT NAYA.
* Elvis of the East
This is such an honor that I really don't want to keep it all to myself
by taking up all your time just to tell you how much I...We Love you...
I think you already know that! But what I'd like to let you know is that
no matter what you think of yourself, the fact remains that you have done
for the EAST What Elvis is done for the WEST... I thought you ought to
With Love and Respects, Yours Always "KHALESAANEH"
* Inspiration for Tajiks
Let me to thank you for your songs and to say that I am glad, because
I live in the same time as you. I am 38, and I am from Tajikistan. You
are the favorite person in my homeland. Nobody had so much influence as
you did on the political, cultural and national revival of Tajiks during
70 years of Soviet rule. Your songs, coming from the other side of the
Iron Curtain inspired people to think, to survive, to live and to love.
You were a divine voice, which awoke us. You were a representative of Iran
and Persian language and culture.
Rain ... Iron Curtain... Eyes full of sadness... Dark and quiet streets...
That was Tajikistan a few years ago. [Journalist] Muahiddin Alimpour was
our messenger, who brought your love to us. But he was killed shortly after
We would like to listen to your new songs. Even "qissai digar nadoram,'
but 'jodeh faryod mezanad biyo'. We would like to listen to your new songs,
one of which should be about Muahiddin and Tajikistan, small beautiful
country in the heart of Asia. I hope.
* Dar gharb khabari nist!
Googoosh Khanoum Salaam:
Man bacheh-tar az ooni hastam ke hozoor-e shomaa ro dar sahneye honar
dark karde baasham, amma in az ahammiyat-e tasir-e shoma kam nemikone.
Man az avval-e bachegi baa sedaaye shomaa bozorg shodam. Yaadam miyaad
amooyii daashtam ke khonashoon sar-e koocheye mahaleye shomaa bood. har
vaght ke miyoomadim be didan-e amoo, aarezoomoon in bood ke shomaa az dare
khoone biyayd biroon ke maa betoonim poz bedim va begim ke Googoosh ro
Gharaz az neveshtan-e in khaaterat-e deltangi, in bood ke khedmatetoon
arz konam ke kheili moftakharam ke hamvatani mesl-e shomaa daaram. Hamvatani
ke ham honarmand ast va ham enghadr shojaa'at darad ke be paaye mardomesh
mimoone va mesl-e digaraan be tabiid nemire. Kesi ke enghadr gozasht daare
ke az kaaresh bekhaatere mamlekat begzare, va kesi ke befahme "dar
gharb khaberi nist!"
Doostdaar-e hamishegi va mokhles
salam. man (33) va khanomam mina (32) va bacheham nima (13) va nilufar
(7) 10 sale dar turkey/istanbul zandagi mikonim. bavar konid shoma baraye
ma iranian yek afsaneid. vaghti web site googoosh.com
ra payda kardim az khoshhali ruye pa band nabudim va khastim az shoma hali
Nader & Mina
* Feel songs were made for me
Hi. I don't have much to say except that I really love your work and
your songs. Everytime I listen to your songs, I get all those wonderful
old memories back. I feel like all those songs were made for me. I chose
the song "Pol" as the first song in my wedding video :-) That
was the song that me and my old boyfriend (who's now in Tehran) used to
listen to all the time and we had our best memories with that song. I'm
sure you are still as great and beautiful as you were, and I hope you'll
come here one day, and we as well as the younger generation would have
the pleasure to meet you.
* Why did you leave us?
I'm a young Iranian guy. Unfortunately I was not old enough to enjoy
the time you were active as a singer but I`ve seen your movies and I've
heard your songs. It's easy to understand why you and your songs are a
part of every iranian's life.Your songs bring joy and at the same time
sorrow to the heart. You know better than everybody else who you are and
what you mean to us, so there's no need to explain.
I have some questions but surely they are not only mine but every iranian's.
Why did you leave us? Why don't you want to sing for all of those people
who are and will always be faithful to you? Don't you see that we are still
waiting for the sun to break through the clouds and make us warm? Can't
you see that no one will ever be able to take your place in our heart?
Can't you see what they have done to Iranian pop music? Why and why and
why again. We are just waiting...
MAGIC NEVR ENDS....
* Singers trying to act like you
When I was younger I was never a big fan of yours and my sister used
to force me to whatch your movies but now I am a big fan and I know all
and each one of your songs and I have all of your pictures and all your
CDs. It makes me sad when I see all these new singers trying to sing and
act like you. Anyway I really love your voice and your pretty face. You
* To ghalbe mani hamisheh
salam khanoom khanooma. omidwaram ke ruz khobi ro separi kardid. googoosh,
nemidanam aya shanse ino daram ke braye yek martabah ham keh shodeh betonam
harf dalam ro be to bezanam, shayad feker koni mikham naghsheh saeed rad
ro to filme "dar amtedade shab" bazi konam wali be khoda intowori
nist. aslan chon to ba ahangat, ba honaret, to del man hasti. nemidonam
hala koja hasti wa dar cheh wazeiati hasti, wali har ja hasti khoda poshto
panahet "KHANOOME HONAREH IRAN ZAMIN" wa ino bedoon ke az samim
ghalbam dooset daram wa hamisheh to ghalbe mani wa ahangat roye labam mesl
ghatrahay ab roye labahay adam teshneh jarist. akharin harfam ineh keh
doset darm, shayad be zaban goftan in jomleh barayeh kheyliha asan bashad
wali ino az samim ghalbam migam: to ghalbe mani hamisheh,
* Why did you have to...
I miss you so much. Why did you have to go kissing Khomeini's ass and
sing songs about him and then get married and settle down? You could have
been with us in the U.S. I drink to the good old days - the days of corruption,
bribery, and tyrannical dictatorship of the Shah who cheated a nation.
It's so funny nothing has changed. The mollas are all shahs in kaftans.
Only the people have lost.
Forever your fan,
* Queen of Middle East
I don't know where you are. The last news that I had about you was that
you have a boutique in Tehran. God bless you wherever you are. Bless you
for making such masterpieces. Thank you for making so many of my lonely
Your music gives me hope that someday the good old days will come back,
and every one will be free again in expressing their feelings. I wanna
keep this short but if I wanna describe you in one sentence, I have to
say "Googoosh, Queen of Middle East".
Love & peace
* Our hope
Salam. My name is Kambiz , like your son . I am 20 years old I long
for my homeland and your music is what keeps me going abroad. I hope one
day I could meet you but I know it's a long shot.
Anyway thank you and I love you. You are the hope of Iranians in Iran
* The biggest concert
I am 30 years old and living in washington D.C. I love you so much.
I still listen to your songs. Actually recently I asked my husband to bring
all your tapes from Iran. I would like to know what you do. There are a
lot of gossip about you. I wish you would come here and do a concert. I
bet that would be the biggest concert of all Iranian singers.
Until that day,
* Asheghe shoma shodam
Nemidonam che jori, vali man asheghe shoma shodam.
Har ruz be sedaje gashangetoon goosh mikonam: dar khane, dar mashin,
dar madrese, hata vagti ba dostam hastam vadareshoon mikonam ke be ahang
haye shomara goosh konand.
Chand ta az doosthaye soedi-ye man yad gerftand chand beyti az ahang
haye shoma ra bekhanand. Doost dokhtaram kheyli hasodish mishe ke man hamash
akshaye shoma toye otagham hast. Hata yek bar do ta az CD hayam ra karab
Man kheyli pashimon hastam ke vagti Iran bodim be ziyarat shoma hich
vaght nayomadam. Ma khanamun yek khiyabun ba khaneye shoma fasele dasht.
Yek roz ke man va baradaram dashtim baraye kharid biroon miraftim pessare
shoma (Kambiz) roye mizi asbab-baziasho gozashteh bod baraye forosh. Baradaram
ham sene Kambiz bod va be in chizha adat nadasht Aoo matalaki be Kambiz
zad va pessaretoon asbani shod. Kholase davashon shod va baradaram yek
kotak dorost-hesabi be aoo zad.
Man jorat nemikonam hameye esmam ra benevisam. Ba arezoye movafaghiyat
baraye shoma. shoma ra be khoda miseparam
Sale 1999 mobarak
H Déjocés M
You have to be sure that we really like you and your lovely voice forever.
* What love is all about
i just love your songs, especially, Man amadeam. you are one of my favorite
singers. i really wish i could see you one day, and if i do it would be
a dream come true.whenever i hear your songs, i realize what love is all
about. may god give you the best of health. thank you.
someone who really knows what googoosh is all about!
* Come to Kansas City
SALAM. I AM A REALLY BIG FAN OF YOURS. YOU ARE THE BEST SINGER. YOU
HAVE A WONDERFUL VOICE AND EVERYBODY LOVES YOU. I LIVE IN KANSAS CITY.
AND I HOPE THAT YOU CAN COME TO K.C AND HAVE A CONCERT. I WILL BE THE FIRST
ONE TO BUY A TICKET.
I AM 18 YEARS OLD AND I WAS BORN IN TEHRAN.
NAHEED B. :-)
* Run for president
Why don't you run for the presidency? I bet you will have a landslide
victory if there is a free election in Iran tommorrow. With your popularity
in Tajikestan, Gorgestan, and Azarbaijan we can recreate another Persian
empire. the people there are all in love with you.
* I am only 13 but...
I just whanted to write to you and tell you that I think you are the
best. I have all of your movies and albums. I am only 13 but I know that
I'm your biggest fan.
Remember: You're The Best
* Hes meekonam baa manee
Googoosh jaane azeezam, beenahaayat doostat daaram va har lahze ke ba
mooseegheeye to omr raa meegozaraanam. hes meekonam ke baa man hastee va
agar kesi va heech cheez dar zendegeeam sabet va tazmeenee nadaare, to
baa sedaat va kalaamet hameeshe dar kenaare man, baa man va tanha sobaat
dahande dar een roozegaar hastee.
I truly love you because as far back as I can remember you and your
existence has nurtured me at the worst and best times in life. I feel a
strange yet very warm closeness and affinity with you. I feel that every
word that you utter is being transcribed from my mind to your lips. I hope
you forgive my selfish rant for none of us really know what you feel or
have been through in life, but I can thank you for being such a wonderful
rich influence in my life and the life of many others. It is only my hope
to see you in person and my dream to hear you sing. Forgive me if my wishes
are not your wishes.
Ghorbaanat, khaake zeere paaye shomaa
* Come to America
I am a huge fan of yours. I think you are so beautiful. You are the
best singer that I have ever heard. I want you to come to America and start
a singing career here. Would you ever consider doing this?
* Messanger of love
I believe that you were the only messanger of love to our generation.
My generation reached its maturity in the midst of the madness of the commoners
in our country, which ultimately led to the chaos and misery. I appreciate
the gift you have bestowed upon us.
* Are you happy?
I love you I always listen to your songs. I came to Canada about three
mounths ago. I am 16.5. I wish I could go back to Iran but I can't because
of my parents. Are you are happy in Iran?
I LOVE YOU. BYE
* Hich kass jayeh to ra nemigere
salam azaiam, chetory? man yeky az tarafdaran sefto sakhtet hastm va
hamishe ba goosh kardan be sedat lezat bordam. tamameh CDhaye toro daram.
googoosheh azizam, maghsood az neveshtaneh in nameh in bood ke begam hich
kassi toyeh donya nemitoneh jayeh to ra begire no matter cheghadr talash
koonan. az khodaye motal mikham ke hamishe dar tamameh marahele zendegiat
khoshbakht va salamat bashi. az rahe door hezaran bar mibosamet. man 17
saleh hastam va az 10 salegi ashgh sedat boodam ta beh halla : -) khoda
negahdare to va khanevdeh azizeh to.
ba samimiat te tamam
Hony Ghafourain az Los Angeles
* Meet me Zurich
I wish to see you someday in my life. Do you think that is possible!?
I live in Switzerland and I'd like to meet you in Zürich.
* Missing in our lives
The sadness I feel when I see what has happened to Iran in the last
two decades is equal to the one I feel when I remember how much I miss
That feeling is shared by millions of Iranians around the world. Please
come back & feel the gap that is missing in our lives. God gave you
this gift for a greater cause.
Cancer Research Scientist; San Francisco Bay Area, USA
* What made you stop?
Hi, I wish you would start singing again. I'd like to know what was
the reason that made you stop singing in that lovely vioce? I wish the
best for you wherever you are.
* Always wanted to be you
I am so happy that I have the chance to say how much I appreciate your
music & your dancing. Like any other little girl I always wanted to
be Googoosh right up to the tender age of seven - so much so that I did
not want to go to school- every morning my Dad would get me up at six am
& I would say I don'r wanna go to school!
As punishment he would beat the souls of my feet with his slippers (it
never hurt of course). Anyway even now I still want to be Googoosh at the
tender age of 33!! Be happy & sing some more for us or come to London
& have a concert - if you did, I think London town would be empty of
all Iranians because they'll all be packed in a hall watching you performing.
* Timeless and treasured
I can't begin to tell you how much I miss you; how much we all miss
you. I love your VOICE, MUSIC, VIDEOS, LOOKS, STYLE, SMILE...You had it
all. You will always be Number 1. Nobody can repeat what you did for Persian
Pop music. Even when I watch your videos today, it is as if they were made
in the 1990's not the 1970's. That is how wonderful you are - so far ahead
of your generation and time.
I have all of your CDs and have seen your movies and videos. They are
timeless and treasured. I will never get tired of you. Tears are coming
down from my eyes now. I better go. Good bye my ANGEL I will always love
you and I wish I could see you here in San Francisco.
* Songs of life
You are still in the heart of your fans and they will always remember
you as a pop music artist who brought new styles. To me, most of your songs
were like a story of life and they always give me peace of mind. I do not
know what do you now, but whatever you do and wherever you are, may you
always be happy and succeseful.
* May you live forever
May you live forever for making our memories last in your music. We
all love you and want to hear you sing.
* With you, I'll always remember
It has been a very long time since I left Iran. I sometimes feel my
memories are now fading away and believe it or not I even cannot remember
many of my best friends. But your voice and beautiful music remind me that
Iran shall always be remembered in my heart. I love all Iranian music but
yours are special. My children who can't even understand Persian very well,
still liten to your voice. I tell them: "Do you know Googoosh was
the most beautifull singer in the history of Iran?" Bye for now and
we wish you a prolonged and happy life wherever you are.
* I will tell my little boy
I have been living in the USA since 1977 and as a teenager I used to
listen to your songs on the "Cheshmak Show" and I have great
memories from you. Even now when I hear your songs or an old video of yours,
it gives me great aspiration, pride and goose bumps.
I believe that you are in the hearts of all loving Iranian people. I
have great respect for you and I will tell my little boy about you when
he grows older. He is now only four months old.
With Love and Loyalty,
* Koja hasti?
OMIDVARAM KE HALET KHOOBE VA AZ ZENDEGIYAT RAZI HASTI. KHEYLI DELAM
MIKHAD BEDOONAM KE KOJA HASTI VA CHI KAR MIKONI. KOLLAN MAYELAM KE AKHBAR
ZENDEGIAT RA BEKHANAM YA BESHNAVAM. BA BEHTARIN AREZOOHA BARAYE TO VA KHANEVADEYE
* Teach other singers a lesoon
Salam. Where are you? why don't you sing some more so that the other
Iranian female singers who can't sing can learn? Even if you don't, I want
you to know that you are and always will be my favorite female singer in
* Googoosh pix on my wall
Looking at the pix in googoosh.com
bring back many memories. If I recall I almost had all those pix in my
room and while studying at the university.
Dr. Amir Homayoun Nilipour
* Farzande nik-nahad
Salam be to farzaneh farzande nik-nahad va pake Iran! It's realy hard
to write to someone whose love is in the heart of all iranians . It's always
nice to see your pictures and hear about you.
Yadat hamcho name-nikat
naghsh-baste dar khaterha
taghdirat hamcho ghalbe pakat
roshan va pak
wa fardayat dar pase pardeye kamyabi
Arezoomande arezoohaye pakat
* Long Live GooGoosh!
I have been listening to your music since I was a young kid. I remember
my family used to gather around the TV whenever it was your turn at the
"Honar Baraye Mardom." I brought ALL of your albums with me when
I came to the U.S. Now I'm a proud owner of most of your albums on CD which
for the most part has good quality sound except for a few songs, which
in comparison to the old tapes that I brought with me, have a better sound
quality. I would like to express my great appreciation to you for all the
contributions that you have had over modern Iranian music and in my case
being part of my growing up as a teenager.
Still after over 20 years or so, as I listen to your music, it is a
good reminder of those years back home. I have always been puzzled as to
why you have decided not to sing for your fans and not for commercial reasons.
Why? Also if I may suggest writing a book about yourself which hopefully
will put an end to all the roumers that have been around all these years.
Until another encounter on the Internet: Long Live GooGoosh! - GooGoosh
Must Sing Again!
* I WILL COME
I love you and your music. I have seen all of your movies. I have all
of your CD's. I luve in Toronto, Canada. If you ever come to Toronto I
will come to your concert no matter how much it costs. If your concert
is $100 dollars I WILL COME. Everybody loves you and they want you to sing
and act. Everybody wants you to start singing again.
To me and alot of other people you were and still are the best singer
in the world. People of all ages love you very much. My sister is 5 years
old and she likes you too. My mom and my aunt like you very much too and
they are 29 and 40 years old. I love all of your songs they are fantastic.
If you really like music you will come out and sing at least one more
time ( hopefully you will ). No matter how old you get, you're still the
best at evrything.
* In every Iranian heart
first of all i hope that u and ur family, especially ur new grand son
are fine. we will love u forever and still admire ur beautiful voice and
talent. nobody will ever replace u. no matter what, u r in every iranian
heart - and will be.
* Delam ahange jadid mikhad
Ma tu ra dost darim. Man hamishe ahanghaye tu ra goosh mikonam. valy
kheyly delam mykhahad bedanam ke aya tu dar iran hasty? hame myghoyand
ke dar iran hasty. agar na, chera dar in avahker ahang jadid eraeh nadadehei.
delam mikhahad ahang jadidiy az tu beshnavam.
* Our national treasure
I have been a fan of yours all my life, and my biggest regret is that
I never saw you in person.You will live in our hearts forever and we'll
be proud to call you our national treasure. We LOVE you forever.
Your #1 fan
* MAHBOOB-e GHALBHA
How are you "MAHBOOB-e GHALBHA"? WHERE ARE YOU?????? IRAN??
* Wish to see you soon
You are one of the most talented and beatiful women in the world. I
wonder why you don't leave the country and come to us and continue to sing.
And where can we get any of your recent pictures? We all wish to see you
* "Mim" neshanee mohebat
Salami Ke "Sin" Ann Neshanee Salamat
Va "Lam" Ann Neshanee Lalehayee Sorkh
Va "Alef" Ann Neshanee Amyalee Man Va shoma
Va "Mim" Ann Neshanee Mohebate Man Be Shomast :)))
Omidvaram Ke Haletoon Khob Bash. Ba Vojode In Ke Har Doomoon Too Tehran
Hastim Vali Cheghadar Door! Kheili Delam Mikhad Shoma Ra Az Nazdik Bebinam.
Man Pesari 19 Sale Hastam Ke Az Shoma Va Film Ha Va Moosik Hatoon Kheili
* Still the best
when you were the best singer in Iran I was a litter girl; now i am
a woman and i love you so much. you were the best and still after all this
time, nobady can take your place. all your music and all your pomes are
wonderful. i wish you will have a long life. you are in my heart. i wish
good luck for you and your famil. we love you.
* In the past, now and forever
I am one of the girls who loves your voice and your movies and your
pictures. I have been to a lot of Iranian concerts. I know if you come
you will have the most successful concert that ever could be. Many, many
of my friends love your music. I always love to see you and to be able
to find all your CDs. I congraduate you because of your first grandchild.
I hope you will be able to come to the United States and even if you
don't want to sing anymore but maybe to be able to talk to your fans. One
of the things that I love about you is that you look beautiful with every
style of hair. Please know that you are the best -- in the past, now and