Mohammed Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980) is one of the most popular and respected Playback Singers of India and widely considered as the greatest singer of Indian Cinema. Rafi was notable for his versatility; his songs ranged from classical numbers to patriotic songs, sad lamentations to highly romantic numbers, Qawwalis to Ghazals and Bhajans. He was known for his ability to mould his voice to the persona of the actor, lip-synching the song. Between 1950 and 1970, Rafi was the most sought after singer in the Hindi film industry, Rafi received six Filmfare Awards and one National Film Award. In 1967, he was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India.
Born: December 24, 1924, Kotla Sultan Singh
Died: July 31, 1980, Mumbai, India
Parents: Hajji Ali Mohammad
Children: Saeed Rafi, Shahid Rafi, Hamid Rafi, Khalid Rafi, Nasreen Rafi, Parveen Rafi, Yasmin Rafi