In Dey’s time, who sang for whom was critical and his voice didn’t match Kumar or Anand. Kapoor, however, did use him when Mukesh couldn’t do justice to certain numbers like ‘Yeh raat bheegi bheegi,’ and ‘Aaja sanam’ (Chori Chori; 1956) ‘Dil ka haal sune dilwala’ (Shri 420; 1955). With his range and versatility, Dey would have been a big success today — when anyone can sing for any actor.
The late composers Shankar-Jaikishan offered him a vast variety of songs, especially the times they made highly classical scores. And that kind of singing was Dey’s forte. In his time, Dey sang some brilliant numbers and till date, he will be remembered for them.