S.P. Balasubrahmanyam (1946-2020): Ten tracks to remember the singer


S.P. Balasubrahmanyam passed away this noon in MGM Health-care in Chennai. He has been 74. The playback singer had tested positive(+ve) for the COVID-19 in Aug & were in hospital (3) for a mo.

SPB, as his own fans named him, started his own movie singing career within the 1960s. By this ‘80s, he has been a massive star, singing around the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam & Hindi industries. Well-known to Hindi viewers as the voice of Kamal Haasan in Ek Duuje Ke Liye & Saagar, he thereafter sang for Salman Khan in 2 of the largest hits of the ‘90s, Maine(ME) Pyaar Kiya & Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Here are 10 tracks from his own Hindi movie career to remember SPB by.

Balasubrahmanyam sang the classic O Maria for the Kamal Haasan, Rishi Kapoor & Dimple Kapadia movie Saagar, however an even extra iconic performance on the same album has been Sach Mere Yaar Hai. His own rich voice seems to underline the wistful wisdom of the track.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun is arguably the pinnacle of Balasubrahmanyam in Hindi cinema, with the singer featuring on hits like Didi Tera Dewar Deewana, Mausam Ka Jadoo & Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai. He has been arguably in his own most delightful on the comic wedding song Joote Accomplish, Paise Lo, exchanging verbal barbs with Lata Mangeshkar.

Dil Deewana, sung 1st for a lovestruck, afterwards a lovelorn Salman Khan by Balasubrahmanyam in Maine(ME) Pyar Kiya, has been a quintessential early ’90s hit.

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