Latin pop singer Jose Feliciano was born in September 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico. Blind from birth, Jose Feliciano and his family moved to New York in the early 1950s, where he began studying accordion, guitar and voice.
By the early ’60s Jose Feliciano was a popular Greenwich Village coffeehouse performer and soon landed a deal with RCA Records, issuing a string of popular Latin influenced folk pop albums sung in both English and Spanish. His best known, most popular singles include a 1968 cover of the Doors’ Light My Fire, a version of Tommy Tucker’s Hi Heel Sneakers, the theme song to the ’70s TV show Chico and the Man, and the Spanish English Christmas tune Feliz Navidad. He released his most recent record, Senor Bolero II, in 2003.
Constantly touring and recording since the 1960s, Jose Feliciano remains popular worldwide and has received over 40 gold and platinum albums to date. Jose Feliciano earned his sixth Grammy Award in 1991 and is the only performer who has won pop music awards in two language categories. Other honors include: The Alma Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000, Artist of the Millennium Award presented by Premios Globos, and performing at the 75th Annual “Pageant of Peace” Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. with a reception at the White House afterwards.
Jose Feliciano and his wife, Susan, have been together since 1971 and live in a 270 year old colonial home in Connecticut. In 1988 they were blessed with a daughter, Melissa Anne, and in 1991 with their first son, Jonathan Jose. In 1995 Jose and Susan had their third child, Michael Julian. Jose Feliciano‘s passions include writing and recording in his studio, baseball, and being a dad.
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