12 August 2005

5 days of Beatles covers - Day 5

According to imdb.com. Mohammad Rafi has been credited as playback singer in 584 films (including, of course, Ghost World). I'd never heard of the term before, so I checked Wikipedia:

A playback singer is a singer whose song is pre-recorded for use in films. The singer records the song on a soundtrack and the actors or actresses mouth the song for the cameras. This is a form of singing that is most highly developed in the Indian sub-continent. Playback singing is a very important part of Indian culture; most hit Bollywood films are musicals. The songs of a film and the quality of the music — its music director (composer), lyricist and singer have often determined the success of a film. Often film albums are released before the films are released and therefore there is sometimes a mismatch between the songs on film and the songs on its CD or LP or tape.

This amazing, amazing Bollywood cover of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is from the 1965 film "Janwaar". Many thanks to Yassine for the track!

Mohamed Rafi & Asha Boshle - Dekho Ab To (I Wanna Hold Your Hand)


Anonymous said...

Brimful of Asha too!

spikedcandy said...

That's brilliant! Thanks for the 5 days of covers. Themes rule!

Stuart Shea said...

That's fantastic. I love how the singers are able to pull Eastern things out of it that nobody could have found there. I guess the sign of a truly great song is that anyone can cover it with panache (this and Al Green's versions, for example).