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Tito Puente, Sr., (April 20, 1923May 31, 2000 or June 1, 2000 according to IMDb), born Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr., was an influential Latin jazz and mambo musician. The son of native Puerto Ricans Ernest and Ercilia Puente, of Spanish Harlem in New York City, Puente is often credited as "El Rey" (the King) of the timbales and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that helped keep his career going for 50 years. 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 The Cosby Show and The Simpsons. is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Latin jazz is the general term given to music that combines rhythms from African and Latin American countries with jazz harmonies from the United States. ... Mambo is a Cuban musical form and dance style. ... 125th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue Spanish Harlem, also known as El Barrio, is a neighborhood in the East Harlem area of New York City, in the north-eastern part of the borough of Manhattan. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed drums, shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned. ... The Mambo Kings movie poster The Mambo Kings is a 1992 film starring Antonio Banderas and Armand Assante and directed by Arne Glimcher based on the novel by Oscar Hijuelos. ... Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... Simpsons redirects here. ...



Tito Puente Sr. served in the Navy for three years during World War II after being drafted in 1942. He was discharged with a Presidential Commendation for serving in nine battles. The GI Bill allowed him to study music at Juilliard School of Music, where he completed a formal education in conducting, orchestration and theory. In 1969, he received the key to the City of New York from former Mayor John Lindsay. In 1992 he was inducted into the National Congressional Record, and in 1993 he received the Smithsonian Medal. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The G. I. Bill of Rights or Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944 provided for college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans as well as one-year of unemployment compensation. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... -1... This article is about the American politician. ...

Puente guest-starred as himself in a famous two-part episode of The Simpsons.

During the 1950s, Puente was at the height of his popularity, and helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds, like mambo, son, and cha-cha-cha, to mainstream audiences (he was so successful playing popular Afro-Cuban rhythms that many people mistakenly identify him as Cuban). Dance Mania, possibly Puente's most well known album was released in 1958.[1] Later, he moved into more diverse sounds, including pop music, bossa nova and others, eventually settling down with a fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres that became known as "salsa" (a term that he disliked). In 1979 Puente won the first of five Grammy Awards for the albums A Tribute to Benny Moré, On Broadway, Mambo Diablo, and Goza Mi Timbal. In 1990, Puente was awarded the "James Smithson Bicentennial Medal." He was also awarded a Grammy at the first Latin Grammy Awards, winning Best Traditional Tropical Album for Mambo Birdland. He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. After a heart attack following a show in Puerto Rico, Puente had heart surgery in New York City, from which he never recovered. He died on May 31, 2000, just a few months after shooting for the music video Calle 54, in which Puente was wearing all-white outfit with his band. [2] Image File history File links Titopuentesimpsons. ... Image File history File links Titopuentesimpsons. ... Who Shot Mr. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... Mambo is a Cuban musical form and dance style. ... Son is a style of Cuban music which became popular in the second half of the 19th century in the eastern province of Oriente. ... For the dance, see Cha-cha-cha (dance). ... Dance Mania is an album by Latin musician Tito Puente El Cayuco – 2:33 Complicacion – 3:18 3-D Mambo – 2:23 Llego Mijan – 3:10 Cuando Te Vea – 4:10 Hong Kong Mambo – 3:42 Mambo Gozon – 2:44 Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe – 3:55 Varsity Drag – 2:48... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Latin Grammy Awards were launched in 2000 with a telecast aired on CBS. It was the first primarily Spanish-language prime-time program carried on network television. ... The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by the Recording Academy to performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording [1]. This award is distinct from the Grammy Hall of Fame Award, which honors specific recordings rather than individuals, and... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart, typically to correct congenital heart disease or the complications of ischaemic heart disease or valve problems caused by endocarditis. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. ...


During the presidency of Sen. Roberto Rexach Benítez, Tito Puente received the unique honor of not only having a special session of the Senate of Puerto Rico dedicated to him, but being allowed to perform in his unique style on the floor of the Senate while it was in session. Seal of the Senate of Puerto Rico. ...

On September 10, 2007, a United States Post Office in Harlem was named after him at a ceremony presided by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. José Serrano (D-NY). A USPS Truck at Night A U.S. Post Office sign The United States Postal Service (USPS) is the United States government organization responsible for providing postal service in the United States and is generally referred to as the post office. ... For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... The Committee on Ways and Means is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Charles Bernard Rangel Charles Bernard Rangel (born June 11, American politician. ... For other persons named José Serrano, see José Serrano (disambiguation). ...


Puente's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, February 2006
  • Both SUNY Old Westbury and Hunter College awarded Puente with honorary doctorates of arts & sciences for his work in music and in helping young artists through the Tito Puente Scholarship fund.
  • His daughter, Audrey Puente, is Chief Meteorologist with WWOR-TV. His son, Tito Puente, Jr., continues his father's legacy as a popular percussionist.
  • His granddaugher, Julianne Puente, is a Middle School history teacher at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York.
  • Bill Murray's "Stripes" character John Winger was a fan. In a dialog between John and his soon to be ex girlfriend: She says "...you play those stupid Tito Puente albums until 2 in the morning!" and he responds "Tito Puente is gonna be dead, and you'll say: I've been listening to him for years. He's fabulous."

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Recent discography

  • Mambo Beat: The Progressive Side of Tito Puente (1994)
  • Mambo y cha cha cha (1994)
  • The Best of Dance Mania (1994)
  • Barbarabatiri (1994)
  • Tito Puente's Golden Latin Jazz All Stars (1994)
  • Top Percussion/Dance Mania (1994)
  • 20 Mambos/Take Five (1995)
  • Fania Legends of Salsa Collection, Vol. 3 (1995)
  • Fiesta con Puente (1995)
  • Jazzin (1995)
  • Mambo Mococo (1949-51) (1995)
  • Mambos with Puente (1949-51) (1995)
  • More Mambos on Broadway (1995)
  • Tea for Two (1995)
  • The Complete RCA Victor Revolving Bandstand... (1995)
  • Tito's Idea (1995)
  • Yambeque: The Progressive Side of Tito Puente (1995)
  • Cha Cha Chá: Live at Grossinger's (1996)
  • El Rey de la Salsa (1996)
  • El Rey del Timbal (1996)
  • Special Delivery (1996)
  • The Very Best of Tito Puente & Vicentico.. (1996)
  • Greatest Hits (1996)
  • Jazz Latino, vol. 4 (1996)
  • Percussion's King (1997)
  • Selection of Mambo & Cha Cha Cha (1997)
  • 50 Years of Swing (1997)
  • Tito Meets Machito: Mambo Kings (1997)
  • Cha Cha Cha Rumba Beguine (1998)
  • Dance Mania '98: Live at Birdland (1998)
  • The Very Best of Tito Puente (1998)
  • Timbalero Tropical (1998)
  • Yambeque (1998)
  • Absolute Best (1999)
  • Carnival (1999)
  • Colección original (1999)
  • Golden Latin Jazz All Stars: In Session (1999)
  • Latin Flight (1999)
  • Latin Kings (1999)
  • Lo mejor de lo mejor (1999)
  • Mambo Birdland (1999)
  • Rey (2000)
  • His Vibes & Orchestra (2000)
  • Cha Cha Cha for Lovers (2000)
  • Homenaje a Beny Moré. Vol. 3 (2000)
  • Dos ídolos. Su música (2000)
  • Tito Puente y su Orquesta Mambo (2000)
  • The Complete RCA Recordings. Vol. 1 (2000)
  • The Best of the Concord Years (2000)
  • Por fin (Finally) (2000)
  • Party with Puente! (2000)
  • Obra maestra (2000)
  • Mambo Mambo (2000)
  • Mambo King Meets the Queen of Salsa (2000)
  • Latin Abstract (2000)
  • Kings of Mambo (2000)
  • Cha Cha Cha for Lovers (2000)
  • The Legends Collection: Tito Puente & Celia Cruz (2001)
  • The Complete RCA Recordings, Vol. 2 (2001)
  • RCA Recordings (2001)
  • Puente caliente (2001)
  • The Best of... (2001)
  • King of Mambo (2001)
  • El Rey: Pa'lante! Straight! (2001)
  • Cocktail Hour (2001)
  • Selection. King of Mambo (2001)
  • Herman Meets Puente (2001)
  • Undisputed (2001)
  • Fiesta (2002)
  • Colección Diamante (2002)
  • Tito Puente y Celia Cruz (2002)
  • Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival (2002)
  • King of Kings: The Very Best of Tito Puente (2002)
  • Hot Timbales! (2002)
  • Dr. Feelgood (2002)
  • Carnaval de éxitos (2002)
  • Caravan Mambo (2002)
  • We Love Salsa (2006)


  1. ^ Wilds, Tony. All Music Guide. "Dance Mania Review".
  2. ^ Calle 54 Video Commentary

2. Read the Book: Tito Puente - King of Latin Music, by Jim Payne and Tito Puente. http://eldiariony.com/noticias/detail.aspx?section=17&desc=LOCALES&id=1714119 The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. ...

See also

  Results from FactBites:
Tito Puente - MSN Encarta (403 words)
Puente began leading his own band in 1949, and his recording of the song “Albaniquito” that year became one of the first mambo hits to gain wide popularity with a variety of audiences.
Between 1956 and 1960, Puente released a number of albums on the RCA Victor record label that established his position as a leading figure in Latin American, jazz, and popular music.
Puente recorded not only with many Latin American music stars, but also with a number of well-known jazz musicians, including American trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen and American clarinetist and bandleader Woody Herman.
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