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Laxmikant Pyarelal [Hindi]

Paayal meri [Film: Rajkumar] <TC>
A good version of George Michael's Faith!
Jhumma Chumma [Film: Hum] <TC>
Mory Kante's Yeke Yeke and Tama Tama
Listen to Jhumma chumma (Hum) | Tama Tama (Mory Kante)
Copied! Listen to the original fully, the actual song starts way in between after the initial music! Mory's Yeke yeke, another song from the album 'Akwaba Beach' was used in the background music of Amitabh's Agneepath. Another angle to 'Yeke yeke' is by a Telugu composer! The Venkatesh-Anjala Jhaveri starrer 'Preminchkundaam ra' had composer Mahesh tuning all but one song! The last song (Pellikala vachesinde bala) which was composed by guest composer Mani Sharma was a total (and highly enjoyable) rip-off of Mory's Yeke yeke! This song was instrumental in establishing Mani Sharma as one of the most sought after composers in the Telugu film industry!
Listen to
Pellikala vechesinde (Telugu) | Yeke Yeke (Mory Kante)
Ek doosre se karte hai pyaar hum [Film: Hum]
The opening lines are inspired from Mory Kante's "Inchallah"
Listen to Ek doosre se (Hum) | Inch'allah (Mory Kante)
Just the beginning, I suppose!
Saathiya, Tu Mere Sapnon ka Meet Hai [Film: Insaan]
Lifted from Angelo, by Brotherhood of man!
Listen to Saathiya | Angelo
Oh sure!
Tune Kiya Tha Vaada [Film: Kshatriya]
From Michael Jackson's Will you be there!
Looking for the Hindi song!
Ek Rasta Aha Aha [Film: Ram Balram (1980)]
From 'That's the way (I like it)', by KC and The Sunshine Band (1975)!
Listen to Ek Raahi | That's the way
Partially inspired, not too blatant.
Yaar Ki Khabar Mil Gayee [Film: Ram Balram (1980)]
The opening inspired by Carl Douglas' Kung fu fighting!
Listen to Yaar ki khabar | Kung-fu fighting
Just the opening!! 'Kung-fu fighting' was an international disco chartbuster by Jamaican-born artist Carl Douglas was released first in 1974.
Tere Naam Ke Hum Deewane [Film: Judaai]
From Brown Girl in the ring by Boney M!
Looking for the Hindi song!
Saamne Aa [Film: Judaai]
From Francis Lai's Love Story theme!
Looking for the Hindi song!
Kisike Hath Na Ayegi yeh Ladki [Film: Chaalbaaz] <TC>
From Stevie Wonder's Part time lover!
Listen to Na jaane...kisiki | Part time lover
Inspired. Chaalbaaz was released in 1990 while Stevie's song came out in 1985.
Ek Haseena Thi [Film: Karz (1980)] <TC>
Blatant lift from George Benson's 'We as love' (1977).
Listen to Ek Haseena Thi | We as Love
'We as love' was part of George Benson's 1977 album, 'Weekend in LA', written by his keyboard player, Ronnie Foster. Other relevant trivia: Karz, the movie itself was a lift from the 1975 movie 'The Reincarnation of Peter Proud'. Subash Ghai's website talks about this tune too, though, as George adds in his blogspot, they could sure do with a decent proofreader..."The signature tune on the Guitar is still one of the most haunted tunes ever composed in the history of Indian Cinema"!!!
Zindagi imtihaan leti hai [Film: Naseeb (1981)]
Possibly inspired by the Boney M number, 'See the stars...still I'm sad'!
Listen to Zindagi imtihaan leti hai | See the stars
Raat se kaho [Film: Lootera (1965)]
Inspired by Dick Dale's 1961 number, 'Misirlou'.
Listen to Raat se kaho | Misirlou
I also found an interesting mention about this song in RMIM, by Pyarelal himself. To a question, "And 'Raat se kaho ruke zara' from 'Lootera'?", he says, "That was Laxmi's chaar-sau-beesi! He said it was his own tune. Later I met Shammi Kapoor who casually asked me if the tune was lifted, and I rose to Laxmi's defence and argued about it. Later Laxmi sheepishly admitted that he had taken it from a western tune!"
A trivia note, courtesy Tim McMahan's Page: Dick Dale is best known these days as the guy who plays the trembling, violent, middle-eastern-flavored epoch 'Misirlou', the crash-and-burn guitar roar that is launched at the beginning of Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' right after 'Honey Bunny' Amanda Plummer yells, 'This is a robbery'! Dale received the 'Surf King' tag after the release of the single, "Let's Go Trippin'" in 1961, a song that is considered by critics to be the seedling of the surf music genre, later cultivated by the Beach Boys (who Dale says he used to give $50 to open his shows), Jan and Dean and all the others who sang pop-candy about bikinis and souped up cars. Surf music was faddish, and ultimately, vacuous and boring -- just the opposite of Dick Dale’s music.

Here's what spaceagepop says about the song and its roots!

"Music by Nicholas Roubanis
English words by Fred Wise, Milton Leeds and S.K.Russell
Spanish words by J. Pina

Contrary to popular belief, Dick Dale did not write "Misirlou" (or "Miserlou," as it's also spelled). And it's not strictly a middle Eastern number, unless you stretch the definition to include southeastern Europe. "Misirlou" is, in fact, an Americanization of a traditional Greek song known as Μισιρλού. The dance that goes along with this song was also Americanized in "Zorba the Greek" and became the rage of parties for several years after the film's release (I can remember my parents going to a special party dedicated to mastering the dance).

"Misirlou" was published in sheet music form by Nicholas Roubanis in the mid-1930s. Roubanis was a musical scholar who published a book on the liturgy of the Greek Orthodox Church, but various sources also credit Milton Leeds, Fred Wise, Jose Rina, and others. It was a popular number for light classical pianists. Jan August had his first and biggest hit with the tune in the late 1940s, but it was also a hit for sweet band leader Wayne King.

Dick Dale adopted the tune as a virtuouso guitar piece when he began to perform for the southern California beach crowd in the late 1950s. Dale has said his guitar style was influenced by the music he heard played in Armenian families he grew up with. "Misirlou" was already well-established as an exotica standard by then, but either inspiration is credible"

Om shanti om [Film: Karz (1980)] <TC>

Lifted from Lord Shorty's 'Shanti Om' (1974).
Listen to Om shanti om (Karz) | Shanti om (Lord Shorty)
Surprisingly the heavy Indian influences in the original make it sound as if it was a remix of the Karz number, but while the original was first out in Lord Shorty's 1974 album, 'Endless Vibrations', Karz came much later, in 1980.
Trivia Notes: Lord Shorty (Real name, Garfield Blackman) rose to fame in 1963 with his recording of Clock and Dagger. The name Lord Shorty is a paradoxical reference to his imposing height of 6-ft 4-in. Talk that calypso was dying, and reggae was the new thing, prompted Lord Shorty to experiment with the calypso rhythm for nearly a decade. He combined Indian rhythm instruments (particularly the dholak, tabla and dhantal) with traditional calypso music. The result was the new energetic musical hybrid called Soca. In 1973, Lord Shorty introduced soca to the world with his hit song Οndrani. The release of his 1974 album Endless Vibrations prompted dozens of musicians to adopt the new soca style. Lord Shorty initially referred to his musical hybrid as "solka", representing the true "soul of calypso." The "Indianization" of calypso brought together the musical traditions of Trinidad and Tobago's two major ethnic groups, the descendants of African slaves and of indentured laborers from India. The name was later changed to "soca" by a music journalist. Endless Vibrations, the first soca album, contained the popular Om Shanti, a song that sparked controversy because of its use of a Hindu chant in the chorus line. 

Around 1981, Lord Shorty converted to Rastafarianism, changed his name to Ras Shorty I, and moved into the Piparo forest in southern Trinidad. He formed the group Love Circle with his wife Claudette and several of their children. (He is said to have fathered anywhere from 14 to 20 children.) In the late 1980's he introduced a new style of music, jamoo, (Jah Music) which combined elements of reggae and gospel. In 1997, he released the anti-drug song Watch Out My Children which went to the number one spot in the Caribbean. The song became an international hit and has been translated into ten languages.

Likhne waale [Film: Arpan (1983)]

Inspired by the Pakistani song, 'Asan hun tur jaan aaye' by Aalam Lohar.
Listen to Likhne waale (Asan hun) | Asan hun tur jaan aye
LP's contribution to the track is quite substantial, making it a memorable filmi shaadi number.

Akhiyan ko rehne de [Film: Bobby (1973)] <TC>

Inspired by the Pakistani singer Reshma's folk song, Akhiyan nu.
Listen to Akhiyon ko rehne do | Akhiyan nu (Reshma)
I do understand that the original's composer and year are unknown in many cases, but that doesn't mean they can be passed off as Laxmikant Pyarelal's composition, for instance. They could have been easily credited as 'Traditional folk song', but I suppose the Hindi composers chose not to do so.

Ek haseena ki & Baith mere paas [Film: Yaadon ki kasam (1985)] <TC>

Lifted from the Pashtun track, 'Larsha Pekhawar Ta' and Ghulam Ali's Punjabi ghazal, 'Baija mere kaul', respectively.
Listen to Ek haseena ki | Larsha Pekhawar Ta
Listen to Baith mere paas | Baija mere kaul
If Ek haseena ki 'sounds' very, very Afghani, don't blame Laxmi Pyare. It is Afghani... Pashtun, to be precise. The original, 'Larsha Pekhawar Ta' is believed to be a traditional Pashtun song, sung by many, many singer across Afghanistan and in Urdu, in Pakistan. The version I've added here is by celebrated Pashtun singer Haroon Bacha, who made news last year for fleeing the Taliban and finding refuge in the US. I have no idea who composed the tune or lyrics of the original and like most traditional folk songs, we may never find that source too. But, that does not give any right to any Indian film composer(s) to pilfer such tracks floating in the air and use it to make money and call it their own. If not for the commercial reason, at least for the sheer conscience of the act.


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