For the year it would be interesting enough to classify the male solo songs under three broad categories
- Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers – the singers who are easily associated with the Golden Era of HFM
- Solo Songs of Vintage Era Male Singers – the singers who are primarily associated with Vintage Era of HFM, and
- Solo Songs of K L Saigal, who is a class in himself during any era of the Film Music.
We will first listen to the Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers.
1945 is easily the year when all the (so-called) Golden Era Male Singers were still a couple of songs old in the Hindi film industry. As such, their struggle to get establish also can not be said to have started.
Before 1945, Mohammad Rafi had just one chorus in 1944 and one male-male duet (for the film which was released in 1945). We have four solo songs, form three films to Mohammad Rafi’s account for the year 1945.
Aye Dil Nakaam Tamanna, Ab Jeene Ki Tamanna Chhod De – Hamara Sansar – Pt. Govind Ram – Ramesh Gupta
[Considered to be the first ever solo song recorded by Mohammad Rafi.]
Pyar Karana Padega Hi Ek Din – Sharabati Aankhen – Firoz Nizami – Pt. Indra
Bahut Mukhtasar Hai Hamari Kahani – Sharabati Aankhen – Firoz Nizami – Tanveer Naqvi
Ab Na Been Baja Snehi… – Sharabati Aankhen – Firoz Nizami – Pt. Indra
Haae Re Duniya, Jhoothon Ka Darabar – Zeenat – Meer Sahab –
The first ever solo song of Mukesh was “Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To” (Nirdosh, 1941; Music: Asho Ghose; Lyrics: M Neelkanth) as an actor-singer His first ever song as a playback singer was in the year 1945.
Maana Ke Tum Haseen Ho Ahl-e-Shabah Ho – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Haseeno Ko Haseeno Se Muhabbat Ho Hi Jaati Hai – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Dil Jalata Hai To Jalne De – Paheli Nazar – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’
[Considered as first solo song as a playback singer.]
Tay Kar Ke Badi Door Ki PoorPech Dagariya – Paheli Nazar – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safadar ‘Aah’
Manna Dey started his career in playback singing in Hindi films with a duet “Jago Aayee Usha Panchi Boley Jago” (Tamanna, 1942; co-singer- Suriya; Muisc : Naushad)with Suraiya which was an instant hit.
Ek Chakori Dev Se Apane – Vikramiditya – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta
Hemant Kumar had put his first step in Hindi films in 1942 with the song Aankhon Ki Oat Jo Rahta Hai (Meenaxi,- Music: Pankaj Mallik)
(Acknowledgement: Corrections carried out in response to Shri AKji’ s comment. )
Laga Tu Us Se Lau Tu Madadgar Hai – Ban Phool – Biren Mitra -Natrendra Nath Tuli
Thus, we have (just) eleven songs to the account of Golden Era Playback singers for the year 1945. In our next episode we will get the flair of solo songs of vintage era male singers.