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José Feliciano Expo Goes Beyond 'Feliz Navidad'

Jose Feliciano
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Jose Feliciano

Exhibition dedicated to career of Puerto Rico's "Musical Ambassador" opens in San Juan

The voice of José Feliciano is heard every year around this time, when the song “Feliz Navidad” inevitably hits the playlists of radio stations and shopping malls.

The man himself appeared at San Juan’s National Popular Culture Foundation this week to christen José Feliciano: Nuestro Embajador Musical (“José Feliciano: Our Musical Ambassador"), an exhibition that documents the career of the pioneering crossover singer and guitarist.

Photos of Feliciano’s childhood in Puerto Rico and later New York City are included in the exhibition, which displays albums, awards and ephemera from early in Feliciano’s career, when his versions of “Light My Fire” and The Star-Spangled Banner” were Billboard Hot 100 chart hits.

The show documents his subsequent move into the Latin market and his impact internationally.

And, of course, there is a display case devoted to “Feliz Navidad.”

The José Feliciano exhibition will continue at the Foundation in San Juan through 2016. 

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