Singer-guitarist Jose Feliciano is an eight-time Grammy winner with many years of success with both English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, singing folk and bolero music. He was born blind and was a young child when his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York, from Puerto Rico.
Feliciano spent many hours every day learning to play accordion and guitar and began to perform professionally at 17. Soon, he was playing clubs in Greenwich Village amid the early-'60s folk revival populated by the likes of Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk. Feliciano played the Newport Jazz festival in 1964.
He released his first single, “Everybody Do the Click,” in 1964. His biggest hit was 1970's “Feliz Navidad,” but his 1968 interpretation of “Light My Fire” also became a signature. During that same decade, Feliciano appeared frequently on series television, including “Chico and the Man” (for which he wrote the theme song) and “Kung Fu.” He also made a cameo appearance in the 1996 Academy Award-winning film “Fargo.”
His 2006 all-Spanish album, “Jose Feliciano y amigos,” included guest appearances by Marc Anthony, Alicia Villarreal and other Latin American stars. Feliciano got his star on the Walk of Fame in 1987.