Playback Singers

Any type of singer, who’s singing has been previously recorded for the purpose of use in either films, audio tapes or than kind of media is known as a playback singer. Generally, playback singers sing for movies and their songs are often lip synched by the actor or actress who appear on the screen. The playback singing industry thrives in South Asian regions like India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh as many of their films have a number of songs. On the other hand when it comes to Hollywood, singing is not very common in films apart from in musical films. Hence the Hollywood industry does not provide many opportunities for playback singers, unless they are making musical films. Playback singers play a crucial and important role in films as their songs make a great impact on the failure or success of a movie. Playback singers in the 21st century enjoy a celebrity status and are often in the media glare. They hold an established status in the society and are recognized as prominent figures. Discover, learn and explore more about many of the world’s most famous playback singers with a collection of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar
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Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. Such has had a long career of more than 60 years and have been honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

 2 Savitri

Savitri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 26, 1981

 3 Kishore Kumar

Kishore Kumar
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: August 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

 4 Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Teri Hatcher is best known for her Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning performance as Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives. She also voiced Dottie in the Planes movies and was seen as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
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 5 Skylar Astin

Skylar Astin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Skylar Astin Lipstein is a sort of ‘pitch-perfect’ combination of acting and singing skills. He caught the attention of movie lovers with his success in the comedy film Pitch Perfect and its sequel Pitch Perfect 2, followed by 21 and Over. He also acted in a number of television series and featured in panel game show Match Game.

 6 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 7 Dulquer Salmaan

Dulquer Salmaan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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 8 Raashi Khanna

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Stockard Channing

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Stockard Channing is an American actress best known for playing Abbey Bartlet on the political drama TV series The West Wing. Over the years, Channing has been contributing to the success of many TV series as an actress, for which she has received 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. A seven-time Tony Award nominee, Channing is also an important stage actress.

 10 Carroll O’Connor

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

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 11 Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle
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Famous As: Indian playback singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle holds the Guinness record for the most recorded artist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning singer had initially started singing along with sister Lata Mangeshkar, another iconic singer, to make ends meet. Bhosle, a versatile artist, has sung in 20 languages and experimented with almost all genres.

 12 Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian, Nepalese

 13 Mohammed Rafi

Mohammed Rafi
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Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 31, 1980
Legendary Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi was known for his versatility. The winner of one National Film Award and four Filmfare awards, Rafi often collaborated with ace composer S.D. Burman. He also received the Padma Shri and sang in countless Indian and foreign languages, including Arabic, Persian, and Dutch.

 14 Kristy McNichol

Kristy McNichol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Kristy McNichol is a retired American comedian, singer, and actress. After being born into a middle-class family, McNichol started acting at a young age and went on to become one of the most popular teen stars of her generation. After her retirement, Kristy McNichol devoted her time to charity work and taught acting in Los Angeles.

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 15 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 31, 1972

 16 Yuvan Shankar Raja

Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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 17 Honor Blackman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.

 18 Monali Thakur

Monali Thakur
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
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 19 Arshad Warsi

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 20 Bryan Greenberg

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Bryan Greenberg is best known as Ben Epstein from How to Make It in America and Jake Jagielski from One Tree Hill. His other notable projects include the series October Road and the movie Bride Wars. He had started with children's theater and had then moved on to commercials.
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 21 Sara Paxton

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Sara Paxton is best known as Darcy Fields from the series Darcy's Wild Life. Fans also loved her in the movies The Front Runner and The Last House on the Left. The Young Artist Award-winning actor has also experimented with pop/rock music and voiced characters in SpongeBob SquarePants.

 22 Steve Kazee

Steve Kazee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Steve Kazee is an American singer and actor. Best known for his work in theatre, Steve Kazee received a Tony Award in 2012 under the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical category for his performance in the musical, Once. For his work in Once, Steve Kazee also won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

 23 Sid Sriram

Sid Sriram
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 24 Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 25 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 26 Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British Indian Ocean Territory
Died: December 10, 2001
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 27 Aditya Narayan

Aditya Narayan
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 28 Padmini Kolhapure

Padmini Kolhapure
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 29 Russ Tamblyn

Russ Tamblyn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Russ Tamblyn is an American actor and dancer who received an Academy Award nomination for his work in the 1957 drama film, Peyton Place. Trained as a gymnast, Tamblyn's acrobatic skills were put to use in films, such as West Side Story. Apart from acting in films and TV series, Russ Tamblyn also worked as a choreographer during the 1980s.

 30 Kavya Madhavan

Kavya Madhavan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 31 Puneeth Rajkumar

Puneeth Rajkumar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 32 K. S. Chithra

K. S. Chithra
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Famous As: Playback singer
Birthdate: July 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 33 Tulsi Kumar

Tulsi Kumar
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Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Nationality: Indian

 34 Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Antonia Thomas is best known as Alisha Daniels from the series Misfits, Claire Brown from The Good Doctor, and Evie from Lovesick. She lent her voice to the opening and closing lines of the Teletubbies reboot. She was also featured on the Coldplay music video Charlie Brown.

 35 Robby Benson

Robby Benson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Robby Benson is an American actor, filmmaker, composer, singer, and teacher. He gained popularity in the late-1970s when he established himself as a teen idol, appearing in films like Ice Castles and One on One. Apart from being an entertainer, Robby Benson is also a fundraiser and activist for heart research.

 36 Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South African

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 37 Olivia Olson

Olivia Olson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Olivia Olson is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She made her film debut at the age of 10, playing Joanna Anderson in the film, Love Actually, in which she was seen singing All I Want for Christmas Is You; her skills as a singer was praised and Olson landed several voice roles in TV series, such as Phineas and Ferb.

 38 Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Pakistani

 39 Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Maxwell Caulfield is best known for his roles in movies such as Grease 2 and The Supernaturals. Fans also loved him as Mark Wylde in the soap Emmerdale and as Miles Colby in Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys. He also voiced James Bond in a video game.

 40 Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 6, 2016

 41 Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: November 16, 2009

Edward Woodward was an English singer and actor. After starting his career as a stage actor, Woodward achieved popularity in 1967 when he started playing the title role in the popular television series Callan, for which he won the British Academy Television Award in 1970. In 1986, he won the Golden Globe Award for his performance in the movie The Equalizer.

 42 James Darren

James Darren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian, American

 43 Jeremy Northam

Jeremy Northam
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Jeremy Northam is an English actor whose early career is defined by his performance at the Royal National Theatre; he won the Olivier Award for his work in The Voysey Inheritance in 1990. He then went on to establish himself in the film and TV industry before working on several audiobooks for Harper Audio, Macmillan, Naxos Audiobooks, and CSA Word.

 44 Donald O'Connor

Donald O'Connor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2003

 45 Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 46 Thakur Anoop Singh

Thakur Anoop Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 47 Roopa Ganguly

Roopa Ganguly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 48 Madison Davenport

Madison Davenport
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 49 Dinesh Lal Yadav

Dinesh Lal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 50 Remya Nambeesan

Remya Nambeesan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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