José Feliciano

José Feliciano


9/10/1945, Lares, Puerto Rico

Birth Name

José Montserrate Feliciano García



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Jos Feliciano, singer, guitarist and songwriter, the one responsible for dozens of international English and Spanish hits ever since the late 60s. His biggest hit, Rain, was written by him back in 1969. Born with glaucoma cancer, Jos was born blind, but overcame his disablities using the music.…more


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    • "Feliz Navidad" was also recognized by ASCAP as one of the 25 all-time most played Christmas songs in the world.

    • Every year during the 2000s his perennial 1970 Christmas song "Feliz Navidad" returns in USA charts as one of the most played radio songs and downloaded songs in that Christmas period.

    • José had his hands cast on the famous Madame Tussaud's Museum's 'Wall of Fame'.

    • Jose received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987, and continued a very popular singer during the 1980s.

    • Jose wrote and performed the theme song to the 1970s comedy series Chico and the Man. He played a guest role on that series as Chico's (Freddie Prinze) cousin, singer Pepe Fernando.

    • His own versions of The Doors' song "Light My Fire" and for his "High Heel Sneakers.", He immediately became a sensation all across North America and sold millions of albums on the strength of those three songs, he won two Grammy Awards for "Best New Artist of the Year" and for "Best Pop Song of the Year" in 1969.

    • "Feliz Navidad" which is sung by Jose has become a Christmas classic in the United States as well as in Latin America.

    • In 1967 Feliciano was to perform in Great Britain, but the authorities would not allow his guide dog into the country. The stringent quarantine measures of those days were intended to prevent the spread of rabies. Feliciano expressed his anger in the song "No Dogs Allowed". The live version made the charts in 1969.

    • In his Jose Feliciano's honor, the high school that Feliciano had attended in Harlem was renamed the Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School.

    • The first child of Jose is Melissa Anne which was born in 1988; Jonathan José followed in 1991.

    • Jose's first wife was Hilda Perez, the manager of one of the cafes where he had performed in the 1960s.

    • In 1982, Feliciano married Susan Omillion, who had started a fan club for the singer in Detroit when she was 14 years old.

    • In 1991, at the first annual Latin Music Expo, Feliciano was presented with the event's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Jose has earned 40 gold and platinum albums internationally.

    • Feliciano's voice entered just about every American household when he recorded the theme song for the enormously popular television show Chico and the Man, in 1974, and "Feliz Navidad (I Wanna Wish You a Merry Christmas)," which became a holiday staple.

    • Jose was invited to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the fifth game of the 1968 World Series at Detroit's Tiger Stadium but Feliciano's disturbed many of his more conventional listeners because his rendition was done in a slower beat. He was booed during his performance.

    • In New York, Jose Feliciano was heard at Gerde's Folk City by an RCA Records executive, who quickly arranged a recording contract for the young singer.

    • In Jose's early teens, Feliciano discovered his instrument of choice which is the acoustic guitar.

    • José is one of the most famous Puerto Ricans.

    • José is the oldest out of all his brothers.

    • Even though José is blind he can play the instruments right and has gained high popularity.

    • José has written many songs throughout his entire career as a singer.

    • José did an Advil medicine pills commercial in the Puerto Rican television.

    • Feliciano is Puerto Rican, but has lived in the US for many years.

    • José's mother died two days before his special tribute Guitarra Mía, and her special last scenes featured her giving a standing ovation to her son Feliciano.

    • José wrote and performed the theme song to the 1970s comedy series Chico and the Man, and played a guest role on that series as Chico's (Freddie Prinze) cousin, singer Pepe Fernando.

    • When he was 17 years old, he had his first professional, contracted performance in Detroit.

    • José played himself in the film Fargo, singing in a hotel ballroom, though in the distance and not very recognizable.

    • José also had great hit in 1987 in Austria for the song The Sound of Vienna.

    • José won five consecutive awards for best pop guitarist from Guitar Player magazine and was voted jazz, classic and rock fields.

    • During the 1980s, record companies gave José space only for the Latin market and he recorded an impressive numbers of albums for that market.

    • To learn how to play the guitar, José locked himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day to listen to 1950s rock albums but also classical guitars like Andres Segovia and jazz players like Wes Montgomery, and had assistance from Harold Morris.

    • At the age of five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City.

    • José was first exposed to music at the age of three.

    • At the age of nine, José played on the Teatro de Puerto Rico.

    • In 2003, Guitarra Mía, a special tribute to Feliciano, was produced by the Banco Popular of Puerto Rico and aired in Puerto Rico and in cities with large Latino populations in the United States.

    • In 2006, José recorded his first instrumental album, Six String Lady, dedicated to his master, Andres Segovia. This album is available only for download from his personal website. José recorded it at the suggestion of Puerto Rican radio personality Gilbert Mamery.

    • In 2007, José released a new album called Soundtrack of my Life, which is the first English album composed and written by himself.

    • On December 6, 2006, His new Spanish album, José Feliciano y amigos was released in Universal Records, featuring Feliciano joined in duets with many other Latin American stars including Luis Fonsi, Lupillo Rivera, Luciano Pereyra, Rudy Pérez, Cristian Castro, Marc Anthony, Ramon Ayala, Alicia Villareal, and Ricardo Montaner.

    • He expresed his anger in his song No Dogs Allowed when authorities in England won't let him enter his guide dog in the country.

    • Each year during Christmas, Feliciano's song Feliz Navidad returns to the U.S. airwaves.

    • He won two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist of the Year and for Best Pop Song of the Year in 1969.

    • When he was going to perform in the U.K., the authorities didn't let his guide dog in the country to prevent spread of rabies.

    • He plays Bolero music.

    • In 1966, he went to the Argentinian city of Mar del Plata, to perform at the Festival del Mar del Plata.

    • When José was 17 years old, he quit school to play in clubs.

    • He was one of a family of eleven children.

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