After graduating from Lucknow university, young Anup, laden with vocal talent started his singing career with Late Kishore Kumar, known as "Junior Kishore" he used to sing film songs on under shift stages and at parties for a pittance of Rs 35 or 80.
After an initial struggle in Mumbai, Anup finally got a job as a singer in the All India Radio chorus group with a measly salary of Rs 350. He also used to train students in music privately.
Although a trying time, Anup was never discouraged and as the saying goes "fortune favours the brave" film producer and actor Manoj Kumar was quite impressed with Anup's performance and recorded 4 songs with him for his film "Shirdi Ke Sai Baba". The songs were major chartbusters. Anup Jalota became a popular celebrity overnight and the rest is history.