His career spanned for decades and has over 4000 songs from the films and otherwise. One of the most versatile singers, Dey sang several languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, Bhojpuri Punjabi, and Marathi, etc.
Bollywood made him a superstar when he delivered hit songs like Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli and Ek Chatur Naar for the film Padosan.
He became Raj Kapoor voice as a playback singer when he sang Eye Bhai Dekh Ke Chalo for the film Joker.
Let’s check out a few of his legendary songs that would not bid bye to music lovers ever:-
1) Aye Meri Zohra Jabeen from the film Waqt
This is a classic cult qawwali composition from the film released in 1965. This is one of the favourite numbers which is played even today at the functions and events.
2) Aao twist karein from Bhoot Bangla
This is a rock and roll number in which Manna Dey broke his stereotype singing and showed a whole new side of his versatile vocal talent.
3) Yeh Dosti from Sholay
This is a duet song which Manna Dey sang with Kishore Kumar. This is such a famous song that it is considered as an Anthem for friendship. The song was picturized on legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra.
4) Aaja Sanam from the film Chori Chori
This duet song was sung by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. The song hasn’t lost its fan following even after the collapse of many decades.
5) Ek Chatur Naar from the film Padosan
This is one of the funkiest numbers which Manna Dey sang. Featured on Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Saira Bano, this song haven’t lost the fun evoked in it by the tone of singers.