When Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, Pandit Ravi Shankar was asked to play something mourning his death on AIR. Drawing from the name Gandhi, Shankar took the three sargam notes —“Ga” (third), “Ni” (seventh) and “Dha” (sixth)—and developed a new melodic theme. He called this new raga Mohankauns - Mohan for Mohandas Gandhi and kauns, since it was similar to raga Malkauns. He later used the same raga as a recurring verse in his musical score for the 1982 film Gandhi.
Geeta Dutt, the popular singer of 50s - 60s, was the wife of actor-director Guru Dutt. She died at a very young age but her songs like Mera naam chin chin chu and Babuji dhire chalna have kept her alive in the hearts of music lovers even today.
Jai Jai Shiv Shankar song was about to be filmed on a very large group. So Burman wanted the people to bring extra musicians and chorus singers. They did this, but this increased the budget of the song. The cost of making the first song was Rs 25,000, which increased to 50,000. When this thing happened to Joe Om Prakash, he was annoyed with it. Kishore Kumar sang it while roaming in his voice. Everything was going well that suddenly they could get mischief. At the end of this song the music gets faster. There, Kishore Kumar sang some of his wishes. Sung, “Bajao re bajao imaandaari se bajao , pachaas hazaar kharcha kar diye” 'Joe Om Prakash's fifty thousand rats were changed to this teenage style. That part was kept in the same song. To date, Kishore Kumar's mischief has been hidden in this song.
Asha Bhosle sang her first line in a chorus, “Saawan aaya re”, from ‘Chunariyaa (1948)’ under composer Hansraj Bahal. She sang only the words, “Behna khush ho ke sagan manaaye”. The other singers were Zohrabai Ambalewali and Geeta Dutt. Her first solo was, “Hain mauj mein apne begaane” in the movie ‘Raat Ki Rani (1949)”
"Pehla pehla pyaar" song from "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun" was fully orchestrated with a choir to boot, apparently all female, and lightly but enticingly choreographed with the sort of enchanting sequences the world has come to expect from Bollywood. There are no less than fourteen songs in this film.
Kishore Kumar sang in both male and female voices for a duet song ‘Aake Seedhi Lagi Dil Pe‘. This song was featured in the movie Half Ticket from 1962. The female part was supposed to be sung by Lata Mangeshkar, but Kishore Kumar sang both the parts as she was unavailable.
Timberlake's "Rock Your Body," which was also written by Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes, was supposed to be on Michael Jackson's final album "Invincible." However, Jackson's management ultimately rejected the song and it ended up with the beat-boxing Timberlake instead.
Lucky’s first song “Nasha nasha” for the film Dushman Duniya Ka (1996) became a great hit. When asked in an interview, Lucky answered that early in his life he was addicted to marijuana and this was the reason “Nasha”, which means addiction, came direct from the heart.
‘Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum’ from a 1957 movie Do Aankhen Barah Haath which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar became such a rage that it was adapted by a Pakistani school as its school anthem.
Australian singer and actress Kylie Minogue was one of the first international artists to work in Bollywood. She sang and danced in the song ‘I wanna chiggy wiggy’ in the 2009 film Blue, also featuring Akshay Kumar in the multi-starrer flick