Artist verifiedJosé Feliciano

José Feliciano has been dubbed the 'King of Latin Music' for his influence on Latin jazz and pop music.

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José Feliciano


Early Life José Montserrate Feliciano García was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, on September 10, 1945. He was born blind but showed musical talent from a young age. His parents recognized his musical potential, enrolling him in music lessons when he was just 5 years old. By age 8, he was already performing professionally.<br><br>Career Feliciano began his career by performing on local radio programs in Puerto Rico. After gaining a following there, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. He soon released his first single, “Everybody Do the Click,” in 1965. The single wasn’t successful but it did lead to an audition with RCA Records, where he eventually signed a contract.<br><br>Feliciano went on to release many successful albums and singles over the years. He collaborated with several big names in the music industry such as The Jacksons, Elvis Presley, Gloria Estefan, and Ray Charles. In 1968, he released his most famous song “Light My Fire” which reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.<br><br>In addition to his solo work, Feliciano also wrote songs for other artists including Ray Charles and Elvis Presley. He also collaborated with other Latin musicians such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. In 1969, he became the first Latin artist to win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.<br><br>Later Years Feliciano continued to have success throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He released several more successful albums including “Feliz Navidad” (1970) and “Che Sara” (1981). In 2006, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.<br><br>In recent years, Feliciano has continued to perform live shows around the world. In 2017, he released his last studio album “Behind This Guitar” which featured covers of some of his biggest hits plus two new original songs.<br><br>In 2019, Feliciano received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy for his contributions to Latin music. He continues to be an inspiration to many aspiring singers and songwriters.