Jose Feliciano is a Puerto Rican born guitarist and singer who has been performing around the globe since the early '60s. His biggest claim to fame is his cover of The Doors hit single "Light My Fire," "Hi-Heel Sneakers" and "Feliz Navidad." Feliciano's version of "The Star Spangled Banner" in 1968 received a lot of praise for its Latin flavor arrangement but was viewed negatively by older members of the public because it's unorthodox sound. The single peaked at 50 on the Billboard Top 100 and the unique cover of the national anthem paved the way for different takes to the timeless song.
Born on Sept. 10, 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico; José Feliciano grew up coping with congenital glaucoma, a condition he was diagnosed at birth which left him blind. Despite this handicap, Feliciano turned his attention to music at an early age learning to keep a beat by playing percussion on a saltine cracker tin whilst his uncle strummed a cuatro. His first instrument was an accordion which he mastered and moved on to an acoustic guitar which he would soon become an excellent player by playing along to rock n' roll, jazz and classical albums. By the time he reached his late teens, Feliciano left high school to pursue a career in music full time.
In 1964, Feliciano released his first album The Voice and Guitar of José Feliciano followed by A Bag Full of Soul. His unique style of folk/soul infused with a Latin rhythm made him a favorite in the Latin American market and the folk music community. Feliciano would break into the Billboard Top 100 Album Charts with the record Feliciano! which contained Latin/Pop covers of music from The Doors, The Beatles and The Mamas and the Papas. Feliciano! peaked at No. 2 on the charts, earned a gold record certification from the RIAA and spawned the Top three hit "Light My Fire."
Feliciano's career continued to soar, especially in the Latin music charts but his impact in the pop scene would be felt. He followed up Feliciano! with Souled (No. 24 in 1968), Feliciano 10 to 23 (No. 16) and Alive Alive-O! (No. 29) in 1969. A year later, he recorded his Christmas classic "Feliz Navidad" which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 100 and has become a holiday staple. Besides being a singer, Jose Feliciano has also dabbled in film and television by acting in a few television shows and composed the music for the series Chico and the Man.
Today, Feliciano continues to perform live and continues to tour around the globe playing his hits and covers. Fans of the legendary Puerto Rican guitar wizard wanting to find out when and where he'll be playing next can visit his official website for all of the latest news and touring schedule.