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Cheo Feliciano


Intimate salsa vocalist José Cheo Feliciano began going after a profession in music young, dropping away from senior high school at 17 to review the very best salsa orchestras in NY. His devoted fascination with the city’s Latin music picture resulted in a stint being a valet for just one of New York’s best-known salsa performers, Tito Rodríguez. This connection supplied the chance to audition being a vocalist for bandleader Joe Cuba, and Feliciano shortly became the vocalist for Cuba’s sextet. Feliciano documented 17 albums together through the ’50s and ’60s in the Seeco and Tico brands. By 1965, Feliciano was a soloist with a lot of New York’s finest salsa groupings and Latin artists, including Eddie Palmieri. Following a brief retirement, Feliciano came back in 1972 as part of Fania Information’ All-Stars ensemble, and in addition recorded being a single musician for the label for ten years. Feliciano’s profession experienced another rebirth in 1990, when he was agreed upon to RMM Information. Much like his previous tasks, his information for the label limelight his sensual, passionate vocal design. In 2008, Feliciano was honored with an eternity Achievement award in the 2008 Latin Grammy Honours. He continuing touring and sometimes recording. On Thursday night, Apr 17, 2014, in Puerto Rico, he was traveling only when he dropped control of the automobile and strike a light pole. He was wiped out immediately. Tributes flowed around the world mourning his reduction. He was 78.

Quick Facts

Full Name Cheo Feliciano
Died April 17, 2014, Cupey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Profession Singer, Composer
Nationality Puerto Rican
Spouse Coco Feliciano
Children José Enrique Feliciano
Parents Prudencio Feliciano, Crescencia Vega
Awards Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Music Groups Fania All-Stars, Salsa Giants
Music Songs El Ratón, Amada Mía, Salí porque salí, Anacaona, Yo No Soy Un Ángel, Mi Triste Problema, Los Entierros, Soneros De Bailadores, Mapeye, Sobre Una Tumba Humilde, Nabori, Busca Lo Tuyo, Esto Es El Guaguanco, Franqueza Cruel, Mano Caliente, Experto En Ti, Si Por Mi Llueve, Pa Que Afinquen, Juan Albañil, Mentira, Todo tiene su final, Como ríen, Trizas, Yo Soy Un Angel, Estampa marina, Canta, Guaguanco te dedico, Salomé, Asi Soy, Comerciante del amor, Hace Furo, Poema De Otoño
Albums Eba Say Ajá, Sentimiento, tu, The Singer, La Voz Sensual de Cheo, With a Little Help From My Friend, Mi Tierra y Yo, Sabor y Sentimiento, Feelings, Estampas, En La Intimidad, Felicidades, Serie 32 (disc 2), Le Cantan al Amor, Looking For Love, Profundo, Cantando, Grandes Hits - Cheo Feliciano, Fania All Stars, Sentimiento, Jose "Cheo" Feliciano, Soñar, Cheo, La Vida de Cheo, El Legado, Son Inolvidables: Cheo Feliciano y la R. Venezolana, Cheo's Rainbow, Cosas del alma, Cheo Feliciano y la Rondalla Venezolana, The Best With Joe Cuba Sextette, Salsa Caliente De NuYork!, Salsa Legends, Latin Gold Collection, A Man And His Music, El Orgullo del Barrio, Serie 32: Cheo Feliciano, Anthology, Best of Cheo Feliciano, Volume 2, En Cuba, La Herencia, Romantico, Grandes Exitos, En Venezuela Pa' Mi Gente, Pura Salsa a Ritmo de Cheo Feliciano, Pinceladas Navideñas
Nominations Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album
Movies Our Latin Thing

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1 He started out as a percussionist in New York, before joining the Joe Cuba Sextet as a singer. He recorded 17 albums with the band, performing with top Latin artists, then set out on a successful solo career.
2 His hit songs include "One in a Million," "My Promise," and "I Learned with You".
3 At the age of 8, he formed his first band called "El Combo Las Latas". Their instruments were made out of cans.
4 Bolero and Salsa singer.
5 He moved to New York City with his family in 1952.



Something Wild 1986 performer: "Si Por Mi Llueve" / writer: "Si Por Mi Llueve"
Salsa 1976 Documentary writer: "El Raton"
Three Days in Havana 2013 writer: "El Ratón" - as José Cheo Feliciano
Rumba 2008 performer: "Son Al Son"
Illegal Tender 2007 writer: "El Raton"
Born Romantic 2000 performer: "Oye Como Va"
Fires Within 1991 performer: "Amigo"



Yo soy la Salsa 2014 Documentary
Salsa Giants 2013 Documentary Himself
The 22nd New York Salsa Festival 1997 Video documentary Himself
Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa 1974 Himself
Our Latin Thing 1972 Documentary Himself

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The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam

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1 Instinctive, heavy baritone voice.
2 Catchphrases: "¡¡¡Familia!!!, ¡¡¡Se soltaron los caballos!!!".

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