His trademark is his furious guitar work and ability to re-invent rock classics with a Latin spin, as demonstrated in one of his biggest hits, "Light My Fire. His large family was barely supported by their father's work as a farmer. By , Feliciano's parents had relocated to a Latino section of New York City's Harlem, where his father found work as a longshoreman. By this time, the young Feliciano was already beginning to develop his enormous talent for music. According to his press biography, "His love affair with music began at the age of three, when he first accompanied his uncle on a tin cracker can. Later in his career, Feliciano would master the bass, banjo, mandolin, and various keyboard instruments. These accomplishments were more remarkable because he was visually impaired since birth. In his early teens, Feliciano discovered his instrument of choice: the acoustic guitar. Again, he taught himself to play simply by listening to records. The second of twelve children, Feliciano was blessed with a lucrative talent.
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Sparked Career with "Light My Fire"
His Christmas pop classic "Feliz Navidad" went on to become one of the most ubiquitous songs in the holiday canon. Throughout the '70s and '80s, he remained a popular touring and recording artist, releasing a variety of Spanish- and English-language albums, guesting on albums by major artists like John Lennon , Joni Mitchell , and Bill Withers , and composing for television shows like Chico and the Man and Kung Fu. Feliciano was born September 10, , in Lares, Puerto Rico; the victim of congenital glaucoma, he was left permanently blind at birth. Five years later, he and his family moved to New York City's Spanish Harlem area; there Feliciano began learning the accordion, later taking up the guitar and making his first public appearance at the Bronx's El Teatro Puerto Rico at the age of nine. While in high school he became a fixture of the Greenwich Village coffeehouse circuit, eventually quitting school in in order to accept a permanent gig in Detroit; a contract with RCA followed a performance at New York's Gerde's Folk City, and within two years, he appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival. Unhappy with the direction of his music following the release of 's A Bag Full of Soul , Feliciano returned to his roots, releasing three consecutive Spanish-language LPs -- Sombras
It is synonymous with a presence that has bridged musical styles in a way that has never been equaled. Venturing beyond the accordion around that time, he taught himself to play the guitar with undaunted determination and again, with nothing but records as his teacher, practicing for as many as 14 hours a day. His father was not working at the time and he needed to help his family. Feliciano before he leaves tomorrow night. This was, indeed, the Birth of a Star. Louis Cardinals on October 7, in historic Tiger Stadium. Feliciano oftentimes will venture into other artistic genres and has, in fact, become famous for doing so. Ray Bradbury. He enjoys going to the gym and just being a dad.
His oftentimes mellow easy listening influences are easily recognizable in many songs heard around the world. In the United States, he first received widespread popularity in the s, particularly after his album Feliciano! Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico , on September 10, The fourth child of 11 sons, he was born blind as a result of congenital glaucoma. Feliciano's knack for music became apparent when at 7, he taught himself to play the accordion.