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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 April 1923New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 1 June 2000New York City, New York, USA  (heart disease)
Birth NameErnest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nicknames King of the Mambo
King of Latin Jazz
El Rey

Mini Bio (1)

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 that would start off as jazz and then add a Latin beat to it. He recorded over 100 albums during his 60 years in the business and won 10 Grammy awards. He often joked that he was profiting off of Santana's hit recording of "Oye Como Va", which he had written. He said, "I get a nice royalty check." He appeared in several films, usually as himself.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lydia Marie

Spouse (1)

Margaret Asencio (1963 - 1 June 2000) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (4)

He was a Latin percussionist and musician
White hair
His facial expressions while he played his timbales
Latin Percussion (LP) timbales

Trivia (11)

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.
Father of television news anchor Audrey Puente (works for local NBC station in New York City). She has also worked as a meteorologist for WCBS-TV in New York.
Father of singer Tito Puente Jr..
Godfather of drummer/actress/former Prince protégé, Sheila E..
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.
He was the timbalero (timbales player) who began playing the instrument while standing in front of an orchestra. Before Puente, timbales had always been played from a seated postion in the rear of the orchestra.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1997 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2001.
Pictured on one of five nondenominated USA commemorative stamps honoring Latin Music Legends, issued on 16 March 2011; price on day of issue was 44¢. The other stamps honored Carmen Miranda, Selena, Carlos Gardel, and Celia Cruz.

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