Mohammad Rafi was born on December 24, 1924. He began his singing career by chanting the notes that a 'fakir' (Muslim saint) sung in his village.
He gave his voice to many soulful numbers that are still remembered by people. The emotions in his voice made the song come alive.
Rafi remains one of India's greatest singers who lent his voice to Bollywood megastars including Amitabh Bachchan, Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and Dev Anand in his career as a successful playback artist.
He died of a heart attack in Mumbai on July 31, 1980. Rafi was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1967. He has numerous hit songs to his credit including several duets with famous playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.