We share a heretofore untold story that’s intended to make you smile…
A secret was kept in fact, carefully guarded, until the Feliciano Family was able to deliver to their Patriarch a very special surprise, a gift really, just last weekend.
When the new Quentin Tarantino film was to be released, Jose had voiced a desire to go see it. Released the last weekend in July, Jose had no idea that his music was included in the film’s soundtrack. For him, he was just looking forward to the newest theatrical release of a talented fellow he’d met a few years before at a mutual friend’s restaurant on Mulberry Street in Little Italy. The restauranteur has since passed on, but Quentin? “Nice guy; very, very talented. I miss seeing him and everybody else there at La Mela, though…”
Halfway through 2019’s Summertime blockbuster, “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood,” Jose, surrounded by family and popcorn, suddenly, instantly, picked up on his own (albeit, distinctive) guitar intro to California Dreamin.’ Startled to hear his guitar and then his vocal searing, scorching through the cinema surround-sound system, his realtime voice could be heard declaring, “I don’t believe it!” For nearly a minute and an half on screen, Jose, along with his fellow theater-goers and the nation at large, get to hear an impassioned Feliciano render his soulful take on California Dreamin’ as only Jose Feliciano can deliver.
“I don’t believe it!” He repeated. “It sounds great, doesn’t? Did you guys even know about this?” Nothing gets by this fellow, as we’ve all come to expect, but what we maybe didn’t anticipate (but perhaps should have), is all the traction that Jose’s version of the Mamas and Papas’ classic Californian anthem is getting on all of the digital media platforms, both streaming and download.
You can find Jose’s California Dreamin‘ from the original RCA 1968 ‘Feliciano!’ album, produced by Rick Jarrard on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Pandora, You Tube, Amazon Music…everywhere
Take another listen to it here.
“By the way, thanks, Quentin…and yeah, we still miss Frankie, too, but, seriously, I really dug your film.”
Cool story, right? Fun to share with you…enjoy your summer! Peace out.