Tum mujhe yun bhoola na paoge/jab kabhi bhi sunoge geet mere/sung sung tum bhi gun gunaoge.

(You will not be able to forget me/whenever you hear my song/you will sing along with me)

NOT one of Mohammed Rafi’s best songs, but it perhaps best expresses his enduring appeal. An appeal that continues 27 years after the man died on July 31, 1980.

Growing up in the 1970s with only a radio for entertainment, it was hard not to miss Rafi’s voice. As you begin to search the Rafi repertoire, it is hard not to be amazed by the singer’s range.

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