Rafi and Yodeling
This article is by Pradeep.
In few of the comments that I read on this site, it seems many esp. Kishore Kumar fans are unaware about Rafi Sahab’s yodeling. Kishore Da is popular with this style of singing and probably due to this reason, Rafi Sahab didnt bother to make it his trademark. For a singer of Rafi Sahab’s caliber, yodeling was not much of a deal.Lets look into couple of songs where Rafi Sahab has yodeled.
First song that I get reminded of is from Feroze Khan starrer Reporter Raju. This movie was released in 1962. The Song is O Chale Ho Kahan Kaho? I love these lines Akal Se Kaam Lo, Zara Aaraam Lo, Nazuk Ho Thak Jaavoge and Rafi Sahab’s expression in these lines. Its got a very catchy tune by S.Mohindar and fun loving lyrics by Anand Bakshi.
Listen to O Chale Ho Kahan Kaho.
Next comes a rare number from Doctor Z. How many of you have heard this 1959 movie? Here is another comical number Hello Sweety Seventeen with Asha Bhonsle. Music given by Manohar and lyrics by Akhtar Romani.
Listen to Hello Sweety Seventeen.
Another song from Agra Road, 1957 movie in which we can hear Rafi Sahab yodeling. Music by Roshan and lyrics by Prem Dhavan. This is a duet with Geeta Dutt and chorus. The song is Unse Rippie Tippie Hogayi.
Listen to Unse Rippie Tippie Hogayi.
His Yodeling skills are not just limited to Hindi. Here is one for Punjabi song with Dilraj Kaur. The song is Keno Saban Dein.
Listen to Keno Saban Dein.
Did you like these songs? Are you aware of any more where Rafi has yodeled? Let me know.