Tito Puente

Tito Puente
1923 - 2000
Tito Puente  American Musician

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American Musician Tito Puente was born Ernesto Antonio Puente Sr. on 20th April, 1923 in New York City, New York, USA and passed away on 31st May 2000 New York City, New York, USA aged 77. He is most remembered for The Mambo Kings. His zodiac sign is Aries.

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First Name Tito
Last Name Puente
Full Name at Birth Ernesto Antonio Puente Sr.
Alternative Name El Rey, The King of Latin Music, "El Rey de los Timbales", Ernesto Antonio Puente, Ernest Anthony Puente Jr., Ernest Anthony Puente, Ernest Anthony Puente Sr., Ernesto Antonio Puente Sr.
Age 77 (age at death) years
Birthday 20th April, 1923
Birthplace New York City, New York, USA
Died 31st May, 2000
Place of Death New York City, New York, USA
Cause of Death Heart attack
Buried Saint Anthonys Church Cemetery, Nanuet, Rockland County, New York, USA
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Grey
Zodiac Sign Aries
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Musician, songwriter, record producer
Occupation Musician
Claim to Fame The Mambo Kings
Music Genre (Text) Afro-Cuban jazz, Mambo, Salsa, Nuyorican Soul, Latin jazz
Music Genre Latin, Percussion
Year(s) Active 1946–2000
Music Style World Fusion, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Mambo, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Big Band, Cuban Jazz, Cuban Traditions, Salsa, Latin Pop, Son
Music Mood Party/Celebratory, Carefree, Spicy, Summery, Stylish, Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Cheerful, Sophisticated, Rousing, Passionate, Freewheeling, Fun, Energetic, Sensual, Exuberant, Joyous
Instrument Percussion, Leader, Timbales, Vibraphone
Instrument (text) Timbales, Vibraphone, Drum set, Sax, Piano, Bass, Congas, Bongos, Etc.
Record Label Fania Records, Sony Discos, RMM Records, Tico Records, Concorde Picante, Tico, Fania, RMM, Concord Picante
Associated Acts La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Santos Colon, The Blackout All-Stars

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was a Puerto Rican musician, songwriter, record producer and bandleader. The son of Ernest and Felicia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?". His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".

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The Mambo Kings1992Tito PuenteMovie
The Simpsons1989Tito PuenteTV Show
Radio Days1987Latin BandleaderMovie
Armed and Dangerous1986Band LeaderMovie
The Cosby Show1984Timbal PlayerTV Show


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wjerryzwjerryzJan 21, 2021

Devoted his whole life to beautiful music

wjerryzwjerryzJan 3, 2018

The finest Latino Composer I have ever heard. I love this type music

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