According to reports, the veteran singer was hospitalized for nearly a month before taking his last breath at CritiCare hospital in Mumbai yesterday. He died of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight.
In 2003, Bappi Lahiri filed a copyright case against Dr. Dre for plagiarizing his song Kaliyon Ka Chaman from the 1981 film Jyoti. The American musician used Bappi da’s song for his album Addictive. Interestingly, after suing Dre in a $500 million lawsuit, the singer won the case.
Speaking of the same, Bappi Lahiri told Hindustan Times, “Dr Dre used my song Kaliyon ka Chaman in his album Addictive, which I sued him for. But he credited him afterwards, so it’s okay and I’m happy.”
Tamma Tamma’s crooner went on to talk about how prominent he is in Hollywood, some prominent personalities from the west have offered him to sing.
“Even in Hollywood everyone knows me. I have offers from Whitney Houston and Jackson Five. All this happened because Bappi Lahiri’s Disco Dancer was a phenomenal hit. And (sings) Jimmy, jimmy, aaja, aaja, was sung by the famous singer MIA , which is nominated for an Oscar.”
Bappi Lahiri even revealed that one of his songs was also featured in a Hollywood movie, but they credited him for the same: “Even in the Adam Sandler movie, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, they used the melody of the song in the background and then gave my name in the credits along with other famous superstars like Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.”
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