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José Feliciano (born September 10, 1945 in Lares), is a Puerto Rican singer. The victim of congenital glaucoma, he was left permanently blind at birth. Feliciano overcame his handicap to score many international hits. September 10 is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years). ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lares is a small mountain town in Puerto Ricos central-western area. ... Puerto Rican can refer to anybody who was born in or whose ancestors are from Puerto Rico. ... Blindness can be defined physiologically as the condition of lacking sight. ...


He was first exposed to music at age 3. At five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City. At age 9, he played on the Teatro Puerto Rico. He could play various instruments (such as the accordion) by then but he wanted to learn to play the guitar. To learn, he locked himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day to listen to 1950s rock albums. This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ... The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico) is a self-governing unincorporated organized territory of the United States located east of the Dominican Republic in the northeastern Caribbean. ... a piano accordion An accordion is a small portable free-reed wind instrument with a keyboard, the smallest representative of the organ family. ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... Events and trends Technology United States tests the first fusion bomb. ...


At 17, he quit school to play in clubs, because his family was going through a precarious economic situation. That year also, he had his first professional, contracted performance. He went to Detroit for that. A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... City motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) City nicknames: The Motor City and Motown Location in the state of Michigan Founded July 24, 1701 County Wayne County Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 370. ...


In 1966, he went to Mar Del Plata, to perform at the Festival de Mar Del Plata. There, he impressed RCA Victor officials, who told him to stay there to record an album in Spanish. They weren't sure what they wanted to record, but Feliciano suggested they record bolero music. The result was two smashing hits with the singles Poquita Fe (Little Faith) and Uste ( You, uste(d) being a more respectful way to say you in Spanish).-1... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ...


After two more, successful albums, Feliciano had become a household name all over Latin America. Then, he moved to Los Angeles, to pursue his dream of becoming a house hold name in the United States too. Feliciano then composed Feliz Navidad (I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas) which has become a Christmas classic in the United States as well as in Latin-America, and his own version of The Doors' song Light My Fire. He immediately became a sensation all across North America and he sold millions of albums there with those two songs. Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... The Doors self-titled debut, released in 1967 The Doors were a musical band of the 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of Jim Morrison (lead vocals), Ray Manzarek (organ, keyboard), Robby Krieger (guitar), and John Densmore (drums). ...


In 1968, at the height of protests against the Vietnam War, Feliciano was given the opportunity to sing the Star-Spangled Banner during the World Series. His highly personalized, slow, Latin-jazz performance proved highly controversial. Some called his rendition unpatriotic and a disgrace; some called for his exportation. Others understood the emotions and sincerity of his performance, and he emerged as a counterculture hero. The rendition was released as a single showed up in the Billboard top 40. 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The Vietnam War was a war fought roughly from 1957 to 1975 after the North Vietnamese government secretly agreed to begin involvement in South Vietnam. ... Nicholson took the copy Key gave him to a printer, where it was published as a broadside on September 17 under the title The Defence of Fort McHenry, with an explanatory note explaining the circumstances of its writing. ... In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


Feliciano's Star-Spangled Banner took place 10 months before the now famous Jimi Hendrix rendition at Woodstock. Jimi Hendrix James Marshall Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who is widely considered to be the most important electric guitarist in the history of popular music. ... The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was the most famous rock festival of its era. ...


Feliciano holds the distinction of being one of the few singers to have enjoyed success both in Spanish music and in English rock and roll. He received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987, after continuing on being a very popular singer during the 1980s. He had his hands cast on the famous Madame Tussaud's museum's Wall of Fame, and he has a star in the Walk of Fame of his natal Puerto Rico. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A small part of the Walk of Fame The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California, United States, which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London, with branches in Amsterdam, Hong Kong ( Victoria Peak), Las Vegas, Copenhagen and New York City. ...


In 1995, Feliciano was honored by the government of New York, which re-named Public School 155 the Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School. 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2001, Feliciano admitted to having inpregnated a woman outside his marriage. The woman gave birth to a baby boy. Sadly, the boy was born with serious health problems and passed away a few weeks after birth. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also


External link: Jose Feliciano Official Site (http://www.josefeliciano.com/) list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...


 
 

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