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Cheo Feliciano

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Jose Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano (born July 3, 1935 in Ponce, Puerto Rico), is a composer and singer of salsa and bolero music.

Feliciano was raised and educated in the city of Ponce, which is located in the southern part of Puerto Rico. As a child, he was nicknamed “Cheo” by his family - a name which means Jose and is a term normally only used by close friends and family. However, the name stuck and became part of his everyday name (using the nickname avoids confusion with Jose Feliciano, another major Puerto Rican singer to whom he is not related). At a young age he was influenced by the bolero music of the “Trio Los Panchos”. When he was only eight years old he formed his first group with his friends and named it “El Combo Las Latas”. They were so poor that their musical instruments were made out of cans. Cheo attended the Free School of Music in Ponce after finishing his primary education where he studied and became a percussionist.

In 1952, Feliciano moved with his family to New York City and settled down in Spanish Harlem. Here he auditioned as a percussionist in the “Ciro Rimac’s Review” band - giving him his first professional musical job. Bandleader Tito Rodriguez, heard Feliciano play and offered him a job in his orchestra; this he accepted but after playing for some time with Tito, he left the band to play the conga for Luis Cruz. Despite leaving he always remained on friendly terms with Tito.

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  • catire98

    QEPD todo un señor de la salsa

    18 Apr 4:29am Reply
  • doowniwevets

    D.E.P , R.I.P señor... [2]

    18 Apr 3:46am Reply
  • danielbonza

    Se soltaron los caballos en el más allá, descansa en Paz Cheo, siempre presente en el infinito mundo de la salsa.

    17 Apr 5:23pm Reply
  • Kershlaus91

    D.E.P , R.I.P señor...

    17 Apr 2:22pm Reply
  • cavo1

    arriva la verdadera salsa

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • javiikiller

    "Oye qué pena me da, ay, yo verte llorar, y yo sin poder tu llanto secar, ay ay, qué pena me da" (8)

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • ParadisoNTM

    Refren w 'El raton' jest genialny ;)

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • GaTuVeDa

    Ayyy mi negro bello que dios me lo siga bendiciendo...Aunque ya esta un poco ya retirado,Su musica sigue escuchandose mas que antaño...Q Ahiga Cheo Pa Buen Rato!!!

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • soria10

    Nabori, una de mis clasicas preferidas.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jerryduque01

    A Cheo Feliciano si le cabe ser el cantante de los cantantes paso por todas las mejores orquestas (Joe Cuba, Son Boricua, Palmieri, Fania y otras) y como solista es insuperable y en la actualidad sigue vigente con esa tremenda voz y sonero de tiempo completo

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Havoline20w50

    Basta solo con escuchar "Nina Nina", con Joe Cuba y despues "Eres una en un millon" de su album "Los Feelings de Cheo" para comprender su versatilidad. Del canto y soneo de los mas dinamicos ritmos afrocubanos a la sutileza y romanticismo del bolero. Subestimado para mi por todos los seguidores de la musica afrolatina, ESTE es el mejor de todos, por encima de Hector Lavoe (quien lo menciona en "El cantante" como uno de los mejores), Ismael Rivera, Tito Rodriguez y Pellin. Grande eres Cheo, tu musica siempre va conmigo!

    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • farciniegas

    el mejor sonero de todos los tiempos

    27 Oct 2009 Reply

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