”If you do what you love and you do it with joy and you do it with a humble attitude, everything falls into line”
José Monserrate Feliciano García; born September 10, 1945, Lares, Puerto Rico
José Feliciano is a Puerto Rican musician, singer and composer, best known for many international hits. As a result of congenital glaucoma, José has been blind since birth. When he was 5, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, where at the age of 9 he made his first public appearance at the Teatro Puerto Rico in The Bronx.
At 7, he taught himself to play the accordion. About two years later, his father gave him the first guitar, changing his life forever… At 17, he quit high school and started frequenting coffee houses in Greenwich Village, passing the hat in those clubs where he was invited to play. His first professional, contracted performance was at The Retort, a coffee house in Detroit, Michigan. In 1963, while gaining recognition in pubs, coffee houses and clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada, he was unexpectedly discovered while performing at Gerde’s Folk City in the Village and immediately signed by Jack Somer, an executive at RCA Victor. In 1964, he released his first single, Everybody Do the Click and was invited to the 1964 Newport Folk Festival.
José Feliciano – Everybody Do The Click (1964)
After two more successful albums, Feliciano moved to Los Angeles. With RCA Victor producer, Rick Jarrard he recorded the hit album Feliciano! together, including the Doors‘ song Light My Fire.
Jose Feliciano – The Sad Gypsy [Souled] (1968)
In 1965 and 1966, he released his first albums: The Voice and Guitar of Jose Feliciano and A Bag Full of Soul, two folk-pop-soul albums that showcased his talent on radios across the US, where in July 1963 he had been described by New York Times columnist, Robert Shelton as a „10-fingered wizard„.
José Feliciano – If I really bug you (then you don’t love me) [A Bag Full of Soul] (1966)
In 1970, Feliciano released an album of Christmas music with Rick Jarrard, originally entitled Jose Feliciano, festively resembling a Christmas present in gold wrapping with a big green and red bow. Later, the album would assume the name of its most unlikely selection, that of the little song, Jose’s composition, Feliz Navidad.
Jose Feliciano feat. FaWiJo – Feliz Navidad (2016)
Feliciano received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 1, 1987, galvanizing his high profile as a popular singer and celebrity. He was presented the 2000 Grammy Legend Award at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, as well as performed the theme song Behind the Mask for the television series Queen of Swords also in 2000.
José Feliciano – Che Sera, Sera
***** [În română] *****
José Monserrate Feliciano García; 10 septembrie 1945, Lares, Puerto Rico
José Feliciano este un cântăreț portorican de muzica ușoară, chitarist și compozitor care s-a făcut cunoscut în întreaga lume pentru interpretarea mai multor hit-uri internaționale printre care și cântecul de crăciun din 1970 Feliz Navidad. A fost unul din primii cântăreți de origine latino-americană care s-a impus pe scena muzicii ușoare anglofone. A fost un deschizător de drum pentru alți artiști, menținându-și renumele vreme de cinci decenii și influențând scena muzicii pop pentru mai mult de două generații.
Behind the Mask of the Queen of Swords
Artist orb din naștere (în urma unui glaucom cogenital) și dintr-o familie defavorizată, a înregistrat primul său album la 19 ani. De atunci a înregistrat peste 60 de discuri pe piața muzicii anglo-saxone și în limba spaniolă. Este considerat un virtuoz al chitarei spaniole și cu vocea sa puternică și neconfundabilă, a interpretat și publicat peste 600 cântece. Discurile sale s-au vândut în circa 50 milioane de exemplare.
Jose Feliciano Exitos Sus Mejores Canciones (José Feliciano Best Songs)