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Biddu, 1975
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A brief biography

Biddu Appaiah, also known as Biddu, is an Indian-born British music producer and composer. He was born on July 4, 1944, in Bangalore, India, to a family of Indian origin. His father was a coffee planter, and Biddu grew up on the family estate. However, at the age of 16, he moved to England to study accounting, but his true passion lay in music.

While studying in England, Biddu began playing the guitar in bands and eventually formed his own band, the Trojans. The band had some success, but it was not until Biddu started producing music that he found his true calling.

Biddu's first major success came in the early 1970s with the instrumental hit "Apache Indian" by the Incredible Bongo Band. The song became an underground hit and was eventually sampled by many hip-hop artists, including Public Enemy and Nas. The success of "Apache Indian" led to Biddu being signed to Epic Records as a producer, and he went on to produce hits for a number of artists, including Tina Charles, Carl Douglas, and Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

In 1974, Biddu produced his biggest hit, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas. The song became a worldwide phenomenon, topping the charts in the UK and the US and selling over 10 million copies. Biddu also produced a number of other hits in the disco era, including "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" by Tina Charles and "So You Win Again" by Hot Chocolate.

Biddu's success in the disco era led to him being in demand as a producer, and he went on to work with a number of other artists, including the late Indian singer Nazia Hassan. In 1981, he released his own album, "Eastern Man," which featured a fusion of Indian and Western music. The album was a commercial success in India and helped to establish Biddu as a leading figure in Indian music.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Biddu continued to produce music for a number of artists, but he also began to focus more on his own work. In 1995, he released the album "Soul Samba" and in 2003 he released "Made in India," which featured a fusion of Indian and Western music.

In addition to his work as a producer and composer, Biddu has also written a number of books. His autobiography, "Made in India," was published in 2010 and tells the story of his life in the music industry. He has also written a number of books on Indian music and spirituality.

Today, Biddu continues to work in the music industry and is considered to be one of the pioneers of Indian disco music. His unique fusion of Indian and Western music has inspired a generation of musicians and has helped to bring Indian music to a global audience.

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