Tito Puente

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Tito Puente
Tito Puentes.jpg
Puente in 1998
Background information
Birth nameErnesto Antonio Puente
Born(1923-04-20)April 20, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 31, 2000(2000-05-31) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active1946–2000
Labels
Associated acts

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000)[1] was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He was known as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music".

He is best known for his Latin jazz works. He and his music appear in many movies such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons. His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tito Puente biography". BookRags.com. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  2. "Oye Como Va History". Phish.net. Retrieved October 27, 2019.