He is a virtuoso guitarist and composer known for many International hits Including the 1970 holiday single “Felid Nevada”. Felicia was born In Large, Puerco Roll, one of eleven sons. When he was five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City. At the age of nine he played at the Theatre Puerco Rich in the Bronx. He started his musical life with the accordion until his father and family friend, Benjamin Forges, gave him his first guitar in a brown paper bag.
He played every chance he had by himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day listening to 1 ass’s rockabilly records, classical guitarist such as Andrea Segovia and Jazz players as West Montgomery. Later In his life he had classical lessons with Harold Morris, who earlier had been a student of Segovia. In 1963, after some live performances in pubs and clubs around the LISA and Canada, especially in Greenwich Village in New York City, and Vancouver, SC, where he played ate the same time as Bob Dylan and Joan Baize, he was signed by Jack Somers, an executive at RCA Victor.
In 1964, he released his first ingle “Everybody Do the Click” (which become a hit In Philippines, at nor and stayed for 14 weeks In Top Ten Hit parade). Later, In 1965 and 1966, he also released his first albums The Voice and Guitar of Jose Felicia and A Bag Full of Soul, two folk pop soul albums that showcased his talent on radio across the USA, where he was described as a “10 finger wizard”. He also was invited to the Newport Jazz festival in 1964. In 1966, he went to Mar del Plat, Argentina, to perform at the Festival De Mar del Plat.
There, he impressed RCA Victor officials who told him to stay there to record an album In Spanish. They were not sure what they wanted to record, but Felicia suggested they record bolero music. The result was two smash hits with the singles “Postulate Fee”, a song written by fellow Puerco Rican, Bobby Capo, and “Used”. A year later, Felicia was due to perform in the united Kingdom, but the authorities would not allow his guide dog into the country unless it was in quarantine for six months. The stringent quarantine measures of those days were intended to prevent the spread of rabies.
Felicia later wrote a song entitled “No Dogs Allowed” (then lately n 1969 become a Netherlands Top 10 Hit on the charts), which told the story of his first visit to London. Felicia holds the adolescently of being one of the few singers to have enjoyed success both in Spanish language music and in English language rock and roll. He won five consecutive awards for best pop guitarist from Guitar Player magazine and was voted in Jazz, classic and rock fields. He received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987, and continued as a very popular singer during the sass. He had his hands cast on the famous Madame Tussahs Museum’s Wall of
Fame, and has a star In the Walk of Fame of his native Puerco Roll. He also had a great hit In 1987 In Austria with the song “The Sound of Vienna”, number 1 for four weeks and recorded with the famous Vienna Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra also performed with him live on national television at Danube Park in Vienna before more than 60,000 people. During the sass, record companies gave him space made only for the Latin market, and he recorded an impressive number of albums for that market, Including the Mouton albums Ascends De Amour and Me Enamored, as Latin performer.
He recorded a duet called “Poor Ella” with the most popular Mexican singer at the time: Jose Jose. In 1995, Felicia was honored by the City of New York, which re-named Public School 155 the Jose Felicia Performing Arts School. In 1996, he had a short cameo role in the film Fargo. Felicia was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards’ Judging panel to support independent artists. On December 6, 2006, Felicitation’s new Spanish album, Jose Felicia y amigos was released by Universal Records, featuring Felicia Joined in duets with many other
Latin American stars including Luis Fins, Loping Riviera, Lucian Peppery, Rudy Praze, Christian Castro, Marc Anthony, Ramona Ally, Alicia Villager, Richard Montanan, and Ra;l did Balsas. A special edition was later released and featured Ana Gabriel and Gloria Stefan. On May 10, 2010, Felicia performed his rendition of “The Star- Spangled Banner”, at Commerce Park in Detroit. This was part of the remembrance of Detroit Tigers radio announcer Ernie Harebell, who had died the Tuesday before. He played it similarly to how he did in 1968; with his acoustic guitar and in his slow memo-deed, Latin Jazz style.
On December 1 5, 2010, Felicia appeared as the featured guest on the 37th weepiest of Daryl Hall’s Webby Award winning webmaster, Live from Dairy’s House, www. livefromdarylshouse. Com. Felicia and Hall took turns on several numbers, including Felicitation’s version of “Light My Fire. ” Jose Felicia and his wife Susan have three children a daughter Melissa and his sons Jonathan and Michael. Even though Jose Felicia is blind he has accomplished what many people will call impossible. Though lately we haven’t heard from him, I am looking forward to listen more of his songs.