Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Feliz Navidad,” but who wrote this infamous song?
“Feliz Navidad” a macaronic Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano.
With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” meaning “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness”) and equally simple English verse “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart”, it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, throughout the Spanish-speaking world and internationally.
José Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, on September 10, 1945. Left permanently blind at birth as a result of congenital glaucoma, he was first exposed to music at the age of three; he would play on a tin cracker can while accompanying his uncle, who played the cuatro.
When Feliciano was five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, and at nine he played the Teatro Puerto Rico in The Bronx.
At 17 he quit school to play in clubs. He had his first professional, contracted performance in Detroit.
After two more successful albums, Feliciano, now a household name all over Latin America, moved to Los Angeles. He got together with RCA Victor producer Rick Jarrard who was, at the time, also producing Harry Nilsson and Jefferson Airplane.
In 1970, Feliciano wrote and released an album of Christmas music, Feliz Navidad. The title song has been covered by many artists, becoming a traditional part of the musical landscape in the U.S., Canada and Latin America at Christmas time.
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, estllavirgo1 in this delightful animation of this classic song sung by José Feliciano.
Each year, during the Christmas season, “Feliz Navidad” returns to US airwaves as one of the most-played and most-downloaded songs of the season. “Feliz Navidad” is also recognized by ASCAP as one of the 25 all-time most-played Christmas songs in the world.
The reason he wrote the infamous Christmas song in 1970 was because he was homesick in Los Angeles for his family who still lived in New York City.
As the New Year approaches us now, this infamous song lyric had an important message in the song, when you heard, “From the bottom of my heart.”
Hearts have been broken, lied too, and even taken the out of context at times, but as we approach this New Year remember this below;
When you have a good heart;
You help too much,
You trust too much,
You give too much,
You love too much,
And always seem to hurt the most, but no beauty shines brighter than to have a good heart!
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