Jose Feliciano - Feliciano! (1968, RCA Victor, Germany)
Day 4 of the April #legendaryvinylchallenge hosted by @celerah and @dougunnie666
“Have you met Ted?”: a new discovery you were introduced to by someone.
Although I had heard of Jose Feliciano before, I don’t think I was really familiar with his music (apart from a few songs that I might have heard on the radio, such as his Christmas song Feliz Navidad), until I recently bought his Feliciano! LP from 1968. For some reason, I had always thought that Jose Feliciano is for old people and I never bothered to check his music out. But a month or two ago I saw a post about the album on IG that inspired me to check it out on one of the streaming services. And I loved the album so much that it now was my goal to find it on vinyl. And lo and behold, about a week later I stumbled upon the LP in a local record store while crate digging with my wife. (From time to time we go check out one of the surrounding towns or cities in our new area where we moved to months ago - far away from our old place - to try and learn more about our new province and also see what the record stores over here are all about. Turns out that some of Holland’s best record stores are all located in this part of the country, lucky me!)
The LP Feliciano! (which peaked at no.2 in the USA in ’68) is a fine example of his fusion of soul, blues, jazz and rock - and his wonderful acoustic guitar sound. Born blind in Puerto Rico in 1945, Jose Feliciano’s family moved to the USA five years later, to live in Spanish Harlem in New York City. At the age of 9 he made his first public appearance, in 1963 he was discovered and signed his first record deal with RCA Victor. The album I’m spinning includes Feliciano’s interpretation of songs by the Doors, the Beatles and The Mama’s & The Papa’s. His cover of Light My Fire peaked at no.1 in many countries, and he won two Grammy Awards that year. I should have bought this album years ago!
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