Flashback Artist of the Month for September 2023


José Feliciano, born on September 10, 1945, in Lares, Puerto Rico, is a living legend in the world of music. Born blind, Feliciano’s journey to musical stardom began at a young age when he discovered his innate musical abilities. He taught himself to play the guitar, honing his skills by listening to records and radio broadcasts. At the age of 17, he moved to New York City with his family, where his undeniable talent quickly caught the attention of music producers and executives.

José Feliciano’s breakthrough came in the mid-1960s when he released his rendition of The Doors’ “Light My Fire.” His unique interpretation, marked by his Latin-infused guitar style and passionate vocals, turned the song into a massive hit, skyrocketing him to international fame. This achievement made him the first artist to create a Spanish-English crossover hit. He is celebrated for his groundbreaking efforts in Latin music, introducing a fusion of traditional Puerto Rican sounds with contemporary genres. His Christmas classic, “Feliz Navidad,” has become an iconic holiday anthem, enjoyed by generations around the world.

Apart from his musical prowess, Feliciano has been an advocate for various social causes, breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and promoting inclusivity. Throughout his illustrious career, Feliciano has received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a testament to his enduring impact on the entertainment industry. José Feliciano’s journey from a blind young boy in Puerto Rico to an international musical sensation is a testament to his legacy as a Puerto Rican legend and a global musical icon.

Feliz Navidad

Past Picks of the Month

Dean Martin

The Beach Boys

Tina Turner

Whitney Houston

Camaron De La Isla

Elvis Presley

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