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Tito Puente (1923–2000)


Ernest "Tito" Anthony Puente was the eldest son of Puerto Rican parents. His mother called him "Ernestito" which means "Little Ernest", which was later shortened to "Tito". His mother saw his musical potential and enrolled him in piano classes. Eventually he attended the Juilliard School of Music from 1945-47 on the GI bill. He would write a piece... See full bio »

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Known For

Blow
Blow Soundtrack
(2001)
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski Soundtrack
(1998)
Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013)
Wild Things
Wild Things Soundtrack
(1998)

Filmography

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 2016 Loco x vos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Casada con el trabajo (2016) ... (performer: "Hay que trabajar" - uncredited)
  Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (1 episode, 2014) (writer - 7 episodes, 2006 - 2012) (music - 1 episode, 2008)
- The Finals (2014) ... ("Ran Kan Kan")
- Week 4: The Results (2012) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va")
- Week 4 (2012) ... (writer: "Para Los Rumberos")
- Episode #11.2 (2010) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va")
- Round Ten: Final Results (2009) ... (writer: "Ran Kan Kan" - uncredited)
 2014 Chef (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2014 Cuban Fury (lyrics: "Tito On Timbales") / (music: "Tito On Timbales") / (performer: "Mambo Gozon", "Tito On Timbales", "Ah! Ah!", "Matacumbe", "Machito Forever (Cut Chemist Remix)") / (writer: "Mambo Gozon", "Ah! Ah!", "Matacumbe", "Machito Forever (Cut Chemist Remix)")
  So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes, 2006 - 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Top 14 Perform: 2 Eliminated (2013) ... (performer: "Pa' Los Rumberos")
- Top 14 Perform (2011) ... (performer: "Mambo Beat")
- 1 of 11 Voted Off (2010) ... (performer: "La Guarachera")
- Two of 16 Voted Off (2009) ... (performer: "Celia y Tito")
- The Top 20 Perform (2008) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix)")
 2013 Despicable Me 2 (performer: "Cielito Lindo")
 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (writer: "Body Movin' (Fat Boy Slim Remix)")
 2012 One Hit Wonderland (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Rico Suave by Gerardo (2012) ... (writer: "Latin Till I Die (Oye Como Va)")
 2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.5 (2012) ... (writer: "Oye como va")
 2011 Tower Heist (performer: "Mi Bomba Sono")
  So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes, 2008 - 2011) (writer - 1 episode, 2008)
- Top 6 Performance (2011) ... (performer: "Salsa y Sibor")
- Top 18 Performance (2011) ... (performer: "Mambo Gozon")
- Top 4 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "Ran Kan Kan")
- Top 10 (2008) ... (performer: "Salsa y Sibor")
- Top 18 (2008) ... (performer: "Mambo Gozon") / (writer: "Mambo Gozon")
 2011 The Loneliest Planet (writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited)
 2010 Dance Central (Video Game) (writer: "Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)")
 2010 Chico & Rita (writer: "Mambo Herd")
  Warehouse 13 (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Around the Bend (2010) ... (performer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited) / (writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited)
 2009 Nip/Tuck (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lola Wlodkowski (2009) ... (performer: "Fat Mama" - uncredited)
 2009 Supernatural (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Abandon All Hope (2009) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited)
 2009 Dzi Croquettes (Documentary) (performer: "El Cayuco") / (writer: "El Cayuco")
 2009 Burn Notice (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Fearless Leader (2009) ... (performer: "Baqueteo" - uncredited)
 2009 Memòries de la tele (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.30 (2009) ... (performer: "Oriza")
 2009 Map of the Sounds of Tokyo ("Four Beat Mambo aka Mambo Solitario")
 2009 Middle Men (performer: "Oye Como Va") / (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2007 We Own the Night (performer: "Mambo Diablo") / (writer: "Mambo Diablo")
 2007 Delta Farce (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2006 Lady in the Water (writer: "El Cayuco")
 2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) (performer: "Oye Como Va") / (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2005 12 and Holding (writer: "Oye Mi Guaguanaco")
 2005 Where the Truth Lies (writer: "Oye Como Va" (1963))
 2004 Six Feet Under (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Untitled (2004) ... ("Mambo Diablo")
 2004 Eros (performer: "Tito On Timbales") / (writer: "Tito On Timbales")
 2004 Wicker Park (performer: "Ran Kan Kan") / (writer: "Ran Kan Kan")
 2004 Man on Fire (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2004 Along Came Polly (performer: "A GOZAR TIMBERO")
 2003 Beyond Borders (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Video Game) (performer: "Mambo Gozon" - as The Tito Puente Orchestra) / (writer: "Mambo Gozon")
 2002 Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams (writer: "Oye Como Spy")
 2002 Hollywood Ending (performer: "Descarga" (1955))
 2002 Empire (performer: "Que Te Pedi")
 2001 Blow (performer: "Mambo Gozon") / (writer: "Mambo Gozon")
 2001 Spy Kids (writer: "Oye Como Spy")
 2000 Born Romantic (performer: "Ran Kan Kan") / (writer: "Oye Como Va", "Ran Kan Kan" - as Puente)
 2000 Luminarias (performer: "Love Me")
 1999 The Woman Chaser (performer: "Dance of the Headhunters", "Ritual Drum Dance") / (writer: "Dance of the Headhunters", "Ritual Drum Dance")
 1999 The Astronaut's Wife (performer: "Four Beat Cha Cha Cha") / (writer: "Four Beat Cha Cha Cha")
 1999 Les parasites (performer: "Yo Quiero Vivir Tranquilo" - as Ernesto Tito Puente) / (writer: "Yo Quiero Vivir Tranquilo")
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (performer: "Amarra el porto en la dura")
 1998 Woo (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1998 Wild Things (performer: "Salsa Caliente") / (writer: "Salsa Caliente")
 1998 The Big Lebowski (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1997 Out to Sea (writer: "Oye Como Va" (1963))
 1997 Keys to Tulsa (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1996 Harriet the Spy (performer: "Ran Kan Kan") / (writer: "Ran Kan Kan")
 1996 Up Close & Personal (performer: "Hong Kong Mambo") / (writer: "Hong Kong Mambo")
 1995 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1995) ... (performer: "Señor Burns")
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame (performer: "AZUKIKI", "OLD ARRIVAL") / (writer: "OYE COMO VA", "AZUKIKI")
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode, 1994) (performer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Home (1994) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va")
- A Whole New Ballgame (1994) ... (performer: "El Bribon Del Aguarcero")
 1994 I Like It Like That (performer: "I Like It")
 1994 The Cowboy Way (performer: "Ran Kan Kan") / (writer: "Ran Kan Kan")
 1993 Carlito's Way (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1992 American Me (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1992 Gladiator (writer: "Latin Till I Die (Oye como va)")
 1992 The Mambo Kings (performer: "Ran Kan Kan", "Cuban Pete", "Para Los Rumberos") / (writer: "Ran Kan Kan", "Para Los Rumberos", "Mambo Gallego")
 1991 Hangin' with the Homeboys (performer: "Four Beat Cha Cha", "Llego Mijan") / (writer: "Four Beat Cha Cha", "Llego Mijan")
 1990/I Havana (performer: "Cuban's Nightmare") / (writer: "Cuban's Nightmare")
 1988 Salsa (performer: "Oye Como Va", "Mambo Guzon") / (writer: "Oye Como Va", "Mambo Guzon")
 1987 The Secret of My Succe$s (writer: "El Catuco")
 1987 Radio Days (performer: "Tico Tico" (1942))
 1986 The Boss' Wife (performer: "Carioca", "Equinox")
 1986 Armed and Dangerous (performer: "OYE COMO VA") / (producer: "OYE COMO VA") / (writer: "OYE COMO VA")
 1983 Knight Rider (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Blind Spot (1983) ... (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1976 Salsa (Documentary) (arranger: "Babarabatiri")
 1975 Pleasure Island (writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited)
 1975 Summer Session (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 1956 Historia de un marido infiel (writer: "Ran Can Can")
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Other Works:

Album: "Latin Spectacular" (Diplomat Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Tito Puente and his Latin-Jazz Ensemble
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

By the year 2000, I want to be the first Latin musician to play on the moon. See more »

Trivia:

Along with Mario Bauza, Machito and Dizzy Gillespie, Puente was responsible for the continued popularity of Afro-Cuban originated Latin jazz well into the later 20th century. See more »

Trademark:

He was a Latin percussionist and musician See more »

Nickname:

The King of Latin Jazz See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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