¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?

"¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?" (English: Why Do I Have to Forget You?) is a ballad written by Luis Ángel, co-written by Edwin Apolinaris and Tommy Villarini, produced by Rudy Pérez, co-produced by Ricardo Eddy Martínez and performed by Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter José Feliciano. The song was released as the lead single from the studio album Niña (1990). The track became Feliciano's first number-one single in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart.[1][2] The parent album, dedicated to her then newborn child,[3] became commercially successful, peaking at number three in the Latin Pop Albums chart in the United States.[4] Feliciano recorded the song after the end of a period in which he stayed away from the stage to devote time to his family and fulfilling his dream of hosting a radio program.[5] The singer received a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance for the song in the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards on 20 February 1991,[6] his sixth Grammy Award overall.[5]

"¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?"
Single by José Feliciano
from the album Niña
Released1990 (1990)
Recorded1989–1990
GenreLatin pop · Latin ballad
Length4:15
LabelEMI Capitol Latin
Songwriter(s)Luis Ángel · Edwin Apolinaris · Tommy Villarini
Producer(s)Rudy Pérez · Ricardo Eddy Martínez
José Feliciano singles chronology
"No Te Arrepentirás"
(1988)
"¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?"
(1990)
"No Puedo Estar Sin Tí"
(1991)

The song debuted in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart (formerly Hot Latin Tracks) at number 23 in the week of 21 July 1990, climbing to the top ten four weeks later,[7][8] peaking at number-one on 15 September 1990, holding this position for two weeks,[9] replacing "Tengo Todo Excepto a Tí" by Mexican singer Luis Miguel, and being succeeded at the top by José José's "Amnesia".[10] In 2000, a tribute to José Feliciano's work was released, entitled Guitarra Mia, with the participation of several performers including Marc Anthony, Son by Four, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gisselle, Lucecita Benitez, Nydia Caro, Danny Rivera, Manny Manuel, Prodigio, and Ednita Nazario. This album includes a cover version of "¿Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar?" by Millie Corretjer.[11] Grupo Atrapado, Germán Montero, Vinicio Quezada, Johnny Ray, Eddie Santiago and Sergio Vargas have also recorded the song.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "José Feliciano — Charts & Awards — Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "José Feliciano — Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Biografía de José Feliciano" (in Spanish). Coveralia. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Niña — Charts & Awards — Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "José Feliciano celebra 64 años de vida" (in Spanish). Ritmoson Latino. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Niña — Charts & Awards — Grammy Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar — Week of July 21, 1990". Billboard. 2 July 1990. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar — Week of August 18, 1990". Billboard. 1 August 1990. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar — Week of September 15, 1990". Billboard. 1 September 1990. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar — Week of September 29, 1990". Billboard. 2 September 1990. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Guitarra Mía: Tribute to José Feliciano — Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Por Qué Te Tengo Que Olvidar — Performers". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)