2019 began with an exciting invitation for Jose Feliciano to join Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s iconic Tonight Show and Lin-Manuel Mirada, writer and star of Broadway’s award-winning “Hamilton,” to the special Tonight Show broadcast from Puerto Rico, aired on January 15th.
Jimmy wanted to bring the Tonight Show to Puerto Rico, for the same reason Lin-Manuel chose to reprise his role and bring “Hamilton” to Bellas Artes in San Juan (where Jose celebrated his triumphant Return to Puerto Rico, performing there during his Golden Anniversary Year 2018): that is, to show the world that “The spirit and soul of Puerto Rico and her people are alive and well and that the Island, ravaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017, is indeed, ‘Open for Business.’ “
Jose, the first and admittedly, most enduring recording artist to put “Puerto Rico on the Map, Musically” was invited to join their hottest new-comer, Latin Billboard Artist of the Year, reggaton singer, Ozuna, in a sentimental tribute and love song to close the memorable program, dedicated to Puerto Rico.
Written in 1942 by Puerto Rican composer, Noel Estrada, “En MI Viejo San Juan” was adopted as the official anthem of the city of San Juan and to all Puerto Ricans who have, over the years, emigrated North while still sadly longing for their island home.
Ahead of the broadcast, Jose recorded the song and it will launch digitally, world-wide, in February where its proceeds will benefit Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Flamboyan Arts Fund– his initiative dedicated to preserving, amplifying, and sustaining the arts in Puerto Rico by supporting all facets of the arts community including music, theater, visual arts, dance, literature, and youth arts education.
…and look for the digital download of EN MI VIEJO SAN JUAN
Launching in FEBRUARY
in support of the Flamboyant Arts Fund