Biddu (born as Biddu Appaiah in 1944) hails from Coorg, Karnataka and is an Indo-British singer, song-writer, music composer and producer with an international recording career spanning over five decades. Bitten by the music bug when he was still a teenager, he tried running away from home to Japan. Later he became the frontman of a pop band in Bangalore. Not satisfied with his career in music there, he put up his entire life savings to travel to London.
On arriving in London, Biddu realized that he could not make a career as a singer and instead decide to produce records. He found success with a chart-topper Japanese band called “The Tigers” in 1969. This was followed by the soundtrack of the British movie “Embassy” (1972). It was his production of Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting” (1974) that gave him his first big blockbuster.
He returned to India in 1980 with his blockbuster hit “Aap Jaisa Koi” for the film “Qurbani” (1980). Encouraged by its success, he launched the brother - sister singining duo Nazia and Zoheb Hassan with his indie-pop production “Disco Deewane”. The album was hugely successful and became the harbinger of indie-pop in the Indian subcontinent. His next foray in the Indian music scene was to launch another new artist, Alisha Chinai, for the album “Made In India” (1995). His production has also launched the pop music careers of other artists like Shaan - Sagarika (“Naujawan”, 1996), and Sophie Choudry with “Le Mera Dil” (2008).
Biddu spends his time between his homes in London and Spain with his wife of 39 years, Sue and has two children.