José Montserrate Feliciano García (born September 10, 1945) is a Puerto Rican singer and virtuoso guitarist, known for many international hits. He was born permanently blind due to congenital glaucoma.
2.3 1980s and beyond
3 Sense of humor
4.1 English / international
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Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, one of eleven children. He was first exposed to music at age three. At five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City and, at age nine, he played on the Teatro Puerto Rico. He started his musical life playing accordion until his grandfather gave him a guitar. He reputedly sat by himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day to listen to 1950s rock albums, classical guitarists such as Andrés Segovia, and jazz players such as Wes Montgomery. He later had classical lessons with Harold Morris who earlier had been a student with Segovia.
At 17, he quit school to play in clubs, having his first professional, contracted performance in Detroit.