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.
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.
En el Perú, en la década de los 70's, lo conocimos como intérprete de boleros "cantineros", con sus anteojos oscuros y un perrito lazarillo; luego, en los 80's apróx. reaparece con un nuevo "look" e interpretando baladas y música caribeña las cuales fueron todo un éxito en nuestro país.
Revisando sus múltiples presentaciones, hemos podido observar que es un extraordinario guitarrista, no sólo por el dominio del instrumento, sino, por gran variedad de géneros musicales que domina tocando y cantando, lo cual, sabemos los músicos, es muy difícil de lograr.