Wednesday, April 23, 2014

R.I.P.: Cheo Feliciano

Three days of mourning have been declared in Puerto Rico following the death of salsa great Cheo Feliciano in a car accident there early Thursday April 17, 2014.

José Luis Feliciano Vega was born in 1935 to a working class family in the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce. At 17 the family joined the massive Puerto Rican diaspora of the 1950s, and moved to New York. That's where Cheo started to train with the big Latin dance orchestras and develop the sound that would make him an icon in both New York and Puerto Rico.

Feliciano went on to be one of the most beloved and respected figures in Latin music, collaborating with likes of Carlos Santana and Jorge Santana (above). MORE HERE

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