Legendary Latino singer/guitarist José Feliciano is set to headline this year’s Gibraltar Jazz Festival, the Ministry of Culture announced last month at the Gibraltar Music Festival.
One of the best known Hispanic entertainers in the United States and a major star in the Spanish-speaking world, Feliciano and his eight-piece band will perform at St Michael’s Cave on 25 November.
The Puerto Rican came from humble beginnings with his family of 12 supported by his father’s work as a farmer, but by the age of six, Feliciano had taught himself to play the concertina simply by listening to records and practicing. This is even more astonishing due to his visual impairment since birth.
He went on to learn an array of different instruments and in 1968,he released his version of the Doors’ 1967 hit, ‘Light My Fire’which sold over a million records. This made the singer an overnight celebrity.
Feliciano received two Grammy Awards for the song, one for best new artist of 1968 and one for best contemporary pop vocal performance. Feliciano!, the 1968 album that featured ‘Light My Fire’, was just as successful, earning the guitarist his first gold album.
His musical career has been immortalised with a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and New York City has honored him by re-naming Public School 155 in East Harlem, ‘The Jose Feliciano Performing Arts School’.
A Gibraltarian favourite, the best-selling Christmas single, ‘Feliz Navidad’, was also one of his creations and will likely be enjoyed by all on the night.
Tickets are available at buytickets.gi.