Tito Puente (1923–2000)

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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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 1995 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Tito Puente
- Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part Two (1995) ... Tito Puente (voice)
- Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One (1995) ... Tito Puente (voice)
 1992 The Mambo Kings
Tito Puente
 1987 Radio Days
Latin Bandleader
 1986 Armed and Dangerous
Band Leader
 1986 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Timbal Player
- Play It Again, Russell (1986) ... Timbal Player
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CD (w/Woody Herman): "Puente's Heat/Herman's Heat" (ZZB) See more »

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Tito Puente and his Latin-Jazz Ensemble

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If there is no dance, there is not music. See more »


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. See more »


Latin Percussion (LP) timbales See more »


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