José Feliciano: Feliz Navidad
The legendary José Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin artist to effectively cross over into the English music market. As a young man, he opened the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry. He’s been awarded more than 45 Gold and Platinum records, has 19 Grammy nominations, and nine Grammy Awards, including the Latin Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Feliciano’s hit songs include “Chico & the Man” (the theme to the hit TV show), “California Dreamin’,” “Destiny,” “Rain,” “Affirmation,” “The Sound of Vienna,” “Ay Cariño,” “Ponte A Cantar,” “Cuando El Amor Se Acaba,” “Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar?” and many more.
However, three specific songs have been milestones for Feliciano:
• “Light My Fire,” which topped the charts globally in 1968, and, according to the song’s publisher, is now a standard because of Feliciano’s interpretation
• “Che Sarà” the 1971 San Remo Music Festival entry that became a mega-success for Feliciano throughout Europe, Asia and South America
• And of course, “Feliz Navidad,” the Christmas song that has now become a tradition worldwide during the holiday season!
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