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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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 2014 Chef (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2013 Despicable Me 2 (performer: "Cielito Lindo")
 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness (writer: "Body Movin' (Fat Boy Slim Remix)")
 2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2011 Tower Heist (performer: "Mi Bomba Sono")
 2010 Chico & Rita (writer: "Mambo Herd")
 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 Lady in the Water (writer: "El Cayuco")
 2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend (writer: "Oye Como Va")
 2005 12 and Holding (writer: "Oye Mi Guaguanaco")
 2005 Where the Truth Lies (writer: "Oye Como Va" (1963))
 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 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")
 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")
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame (performer: "AZUKIKI", "OLD ARRIVAL") / (writer: "OYE COMO VA", "AZUKIKI")
 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")
 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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Tito Puente and his Latin-Jazz Ensemble

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His son Richard "Richie" Puente (d. 2004 of complications following an assault) was a member of the musical group Foxy, which had a major disco hit in 1978 with "Get Off" (Dash 5046). The song spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard's R&B charts and went to #9 on the Hot 100 pop charts. See more »


He was a Latin percussionist and musician See more »


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