Tito Puente

Latin jazz, Musical Artist

1923 – 2000

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Who was Tito Puente?

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, was a Latin jazz and salsa musician and composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope," "El Rey de los 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 Sesame Street, The Cosby Show and The Simpsons.

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Born
Apr 20, 1923
New York City
Also known as
  • Puente Tito
  • Tito Puentes
  • Tito Puento
  • Ernest Anthony Puente
  • King of the Mambo
  • King of Latin Jazz
  • El Rey
  • Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
  • El Rey de los Timbales
  • The King of Latin Music
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Puerto Ricans in the United States
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Juilliard School
Lived in
  • New York City
Died
Jun 1, 2000
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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