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Singer-Guitarist José Feliciano Shines at NYC’s Gerde’s Folk City

July 12, 1963 - Performing at New York City’s Gerde’s Folk City this week is José Feliciano, a 17-year-old guitarist and singer. Mr. Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico, reared in New York, and only recently made his professional debut in Detroit. He has an unusually wide range of material — some 500 numbers, he estimates — drawn from the folk, jazz, and popular music of the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, France, and elsewhere. Mr. Feliciano has been blind since birth, the result of congenital glaucoma, yet his great talent and wry sense of humor completely takes the listener’s mind off this handicap. If you would like to witness the birth of a star, catch Mr. Feliciano before he leaves Sunday night.

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