José Feliciano

José Feliciano Biography

Jose Feliciano, the legendary singer and guitarist with the inimitable style, is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for his perennial season favorite “Feliz Navidad” and his smash cover of “Light My Fire.” His acoustic version of The Doors’ psychedelic hit made him a pioneer of pop crossover decades before other Latin superstars followed the trail he blazed.

But English-speaking fans may not know the whole story of the phenomenal success of this talented blind artist. In a career that spans three decades, Feliciano has made 49 albums, earning 45 gold or platinum records, winning six Grammy Awards and countless accolades as one of the world’s greatest guitarists.

Feliciano’s love affair with the bolero dates back to the 1970s when he recorded a series of hit albums featuring classic love songs of Latin America. His brilliant guitar work and his deeply sentimental vocals brought a new emotional dimension to standards such as “Celos” and “Poquita Fé.”

Now, the incurable romantic returns with another stellar collection of love songs, this time all original compositions by veteran, award-winning producer Rudy Perez and Roberto Livi. In Señor Bolero 2 (Mr. Bolero 2), Feliciano offers 12 beautiful and heart-felt tunes that are destined to become the classics of tomorrow. Feliciano brings his unwavering power and passion to this new work, making it as fresh as a bouquet of a dozen red roses for his fans, both his faithful ones and the new ones he is sure to woo with this offering.

With lush arrangements by Rafael Ferro (of Julio Iglesias fame), these numbers have the carefully crafted feel of classic Latin ballads, which have become rare gems in today’s throaway pop. Like love at first sight, the gorgeous melodies captivate listeners while the poetic lyrics weave a magic spell in words and images.

These are songs that speak to the soul of lovers everywhere -- from the aching loss of “Ropa Vieja” to the tender reconciliation of “No Digas Nada,” from the futile longing of “Corazón de Hotel” to the spring-like joy of “Eres para Mi.” In “Cuanto Rollo,” with its softly insinuated mariachi orchestration and tango overtones, Feliciano brings just the right level of tension to this dialog of regret and repressed desire.

All these tunes have that aura of true romance, of loves lived and lost and reclaimed in real life. Their maturity and sophistication make them stand out from the swamp of today’s sappy, formula love songs. The album closes with a wise and hopeful song written by Feliciano himself, “Un Ciego No Vive En La Oscuridad,” meaning “a blind man doesn’t live in darkness.”

Certainly, the world is a brighter place thanks to the special voice and guitar of Jose Feliciano.

José Feliciano Bio from Discogs

Puerto Rican guitarist, singer and composer, born September 10, 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico. He is married to Susan Feliciano.

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