eliz Navidad is one of the most downloaded Christmas songs in the United States and Canada but only peaked at 78 in the UK charts in Jan 2017.
Born on 10th September 1945, José Monserrate Feliciano García, a Puerto Rican musician, singer and composer is best known for his 1968 album Feliciano! and the best-selling Christmas single, Feliz Navidad from his 1970 Christmas Album of the same name. Born prematurely blind, due to congenital glaucoma, Garcia was first exposed to music by his father who gave him his first guitar.
Merry Christmas in Spanish, Feliz Navidad, is a very simple song with a Spanish verse: "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" meaning "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness". This is followed by another simple English verse: "I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart".
The song commemorates childhood memories of La Parranda, a Christmas tradition in Puerto Rico in which singers travel from house to house playing instruments and serenading neighbours.
The song has been covered by many famous artists including; Boney M, Michael Bublé, Glee Cast, Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion, and David Hasselhoff.