Cheo went on to join Joe Cuba's sextet. With the sextet for a decade, Cheo sung many of the sextet's now famous songs, such as "Salsa y bemb", "Callejero", "Cachondea", "A las seis", "El ratn" (see below), and "el pito", which was used in a Coca Cola ad.
In 1967 Cheo Feliciano went solo. During this time he sang "Busca lo tuyo" on Eddie Palmieri's album (Champagne, 1968), and appeared accompanied by Tito Puente, Machito, and other great artists. In 1969, Cheo returned to Puerto Rico with Kako Bastar's group, and ended up staying on the island.
It was at this time that he sought recovery for a long period of drug use. Cheo arrived at what he called "the bottom of the barrel" and was forced to make a decision: end his life, or change it. He decided to change it, and joined a recovery group. When he was healthy, he signed a deal with Fania, and made his comeback after 3 years, with the self-titled album, "Cheo". This marked a new period of his life, in which he created the successful songs, "Anacaona", "Pienso en ti", "Mi triste problema" and "Franqueza cruel".
What is Cheo Feliciano doing now? Well, on Friday (May 30) he will be singing at the LA Salsa Congress with The New Swing Sextet. We are looking forward to seeing him live and to dancing to sounds that have contributed to how we know salsa music today!
[Partial Source: Historia De La Salsa by Hiram Guadalupe Perez]
[Source: Cheo Feliciano Wiki]