Sunday, April 20, 2014
A new ancestor - Cheo Feliciano - Rest in Paradise - Ashee, ashee, ashee
Afro-Puerto Rican super-sonero Jose Cheo Feliciano passed away on April 17, 2014 in a fatal car accident. He was 78. He was born in Ponce, PR in 1936, but moved to New York with his family at age 17. It was there that he became known as a singer, coming up with the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, finding his voice with the Joe Cuba Sextet, and gaining worldwide fame with the Fania Allstars. Below is a link to six of his biggest hits; although only one is composed by Cheo, they are among his musical calling cards and will remain in the canon from now until salsa music loses relevance, which will hopefully be never.