Born Jose Monserrate Feliciano, September 10, 1945, in Lares, Puerto Rico; son of a armer/longshoreman; married Hilda Perez (a club manager), mid-1960s; married Susan Omillion, 1982; children: Melissa Anne, Jonathan Jose. Began playing guitar in Greenwich Village clubs, New York City, early 1960s; made professional debut at the Retort Coffee House, Detroit, 1963; "discovered" at Gerde's Folk City; signed with RCA Records, 1964, and recorded first single, "Everybody Do the Click," and first album The Voice and Guitar of Jose Feliciano. Author of an autobiography.
Awards: Grammy awards for best new artist, 1968; best contemporary male pop vocal performance, 1968, for "Light My Fire"; and best Latin pop performance, 1983, for Me Enamore; 1986, for "Lelolai"; 1989, for "Ceilito Lindo"; and 1990, for "Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar." Latin Music Expo Lifetime Achievement Award, 1991; numerous gold and platinum albums.