Jose Feliciano Biography
FELICIANO: A Name That is Synonymous with MUSIC. It is synonymous with an international presence that has influenced popular music for more than two generations. It is synonymous with a presence that has bridged musical styles in a way that has never been equaled. Jose Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry.
Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as “The Greatest Living Guitarist.” He’s been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; he has won nineteen Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Jose Feliciano’s musical career has been immortalized with a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and New York City has honored him by re-naming Public School 155 in East Harlem, “The Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School.” The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient and prestigious Papal Order of the Church has Knighted him and he’s received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, for his musical, as well as humanitarian contributions to the world.
Guitar Player Magazine has awarded him “Best Pop Guitarist,” placing him in their “Gallery of the Greats,” and he’s been voted both Best Jazz and Best Rock Guitarist in the Playboy Magazine reader’s poll, as well. In 1996, Jose was selected to receive Billboard Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Some of Feliciano’s major record releases include, “Amor Gitano,” “Light My Fire,” “Feliz Navidad” (Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010), “Chico And The Man,” “Che Sara,” “Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar?” “Rain,” “La Copa Rota,” ‘The Sound of Vienna” and “Affirmation” – to name but a few. Jose was also the first artist to publicly stylize the American National Anthem and, after years of controversy, is now regarded as THE patriotic pioneer of artistic interpretation and his rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is included in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Being constantly in demand, Jose has performed for and with some of the most important people on Earth. He enjoys playing with many of the top symphonic orchestras including the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He appears on major television shows worldwide; havingdone a number of his own specials and his music has been featured on television, in films and on the stage.
Born blind in Lares, Puerto Rico, Jose came to New York as a child, and launched his meteoric career in Greenwich Village. 50 years later, he continues to feel humble with all the successes he has had and remarkably, insists that he has just started to share his talents with the world.
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