Her first Playback was in a Marathi film in 1942 – Kitti Haasal(was not used)and 1942 – Pahili Mangalagaur (naatli chaitrachi navalai…), she even acted
The Royal Albert Hall, London has recorded the graph of Lata's voice with the help of a computer which is by far the “Most Perfect” in the World.
Lataji has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by 6 universities including the New York University.
She has been Voted as The Most Important Indian of the 20th Century (Arts) in a Net Survey By IndiaWorld
1974 : Guinness Book of World Records:for singing the maximum number . of songs in the world
1980 : Was presented key of the city of Georgetown, Guyana, South America
1980 : Honorary Citizenship. The Republic of Suriname, South America
1985 : 9th June declared as Asia Day in honour of her arrival in Toronto, Canada
1987 : Honorary Citizenship of the U.S.A, Houston, Texas, U.S.A
1989 : Dada Saheb Phalke Award
1990 : Honorary Doctorate (Literature) By Pune University
1998 : Lux Zee Cine Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 : Padma Vibh