Tito Puente

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Background informationTito Puente_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameTito Puente_header_cell_0_2_0 Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr.Tito Puente_cell_0_2_1
BornTito Puente_header_cell_0_3_0 (1923-04-20)April 20, 1923

New York City, New York, U.S.Tito Puente_cell_0_3_1

DiedTito Puente_header_cell_0_4_0 June 1, 2000(2000-06-01) (aged 77)

New York City, New York, U.S.Tito Puente_cell_0_4_1

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Occupation(s)Tito Puente_header_cell_0_6_0 Tito Puente_cell_0_6_1
InstrumentsTito Puente_header_cell_0_7_0 Tito Puente_cell_0_7_1
Years activeTito Puente_header_cell_0_8_0 1946–2000Tito Puente_cell_0_8_1
LabelsTito Puente_header_cell_0_9_0 Tito Puente_cell_0_9_1
Associated actsTito Puente_header_cell_0_10_0 Tito Puente_cell_0_10_1

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. Tito Puente_sentence_0

The son of Ernest and Felicia Puente, native Puerto Ricans living in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope", "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". Tito Puente_sentence_1

He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. Tito Puente_sentence_2

He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. Tito Puente_sentence_3

He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Tito Puente_sentence_4 Burns?". Tito Puente_sentence_5

His most famous song is "Oye Como Va". Tito Puente_sentence_6

Early life Tito Puente_section_0

Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923, at Harlem Hospital Center in the New York borough of Manhattan. Tito Puente_sentence_7

His family moved frequently, but he spent the majority of his childhood in the Spanish Harlem area of the city. Tito Puente_sentence_8

Puente's father was the foreman at a razorblade factory. Tito Puente_sentence_9

As a child, he was described as hyperactive, and after neighbors complained of hearing seven-year-old Puente beating on pots and window frames, his mother sent him to 25-cent piano lessons. Tito Puente_sentence_10

He switched to percussion by the age of 10, drawing influence from jazz drummer Gene Krupa. Tito Puente_sentence_11

He later created a song-and-dance duo with his sister Anna in the 1930s and intended to become a dancer, but an ankle tendon injury prevented him pursuing dance as a career. Tito Puente_sentence_12

When the drummer in Machito's band was drafted to the army, Puente subsequently took his place. Tito Puente_sentence_13

Career Tito Puente_section_1

Puente served in the Navy for three years during World War II after being drafted in 1942. Tito Puente_sentence_14

He was discharged with a Presidential Unit Citation for serving in nine battles on the escort carrier USS Santee (CVE-29). Tito Puente_sentence_15

The GI Bill allowed him to study music at Juilliard School of Music, where he completed a formal education in conducting, orchestration and theory. Tito Puente_sentence_16

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-chá, to mainstream audiences. Tito Puente_sentence_17

Puente was so successful playing popular Afro-Cuban rhythms that many people mistakenly identify him as Cuban. Tito Puente_sentence_18

Dance Mania, possibly Puente's most well known album, was released in 1958. Tito Puente_sentence_19

Among his most famous compositions are mambo "Oye como va" (1963), popularized by Latin rock musician Carlos Santana and later interpreted, among others, by Julio Iglesias, Irakere and Celia Cruz. Tito Puente_sentence_20

In 1969, he received the key to the City of New York from former Mayor John Lindsay. Tito Puente_sentence_21

In 1992, he was inducted into the National Congressional Record, and in 1993 he received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal from the Smithsonian. Tito Puente_sentence_22

In early 2000, Tito Puente appeared in the music documentary Calle 54. Tito Puente_sentence_23

After a show in Puerto Rico on May 31, 2000, he suffered a massive heart attack and was flown to New York City for surgery to repair a heart valve, but complications developed and he died on June 1, 2000 at 2:27am. Tito Puente_sentence_24

He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Tito Puente_sentence_25

Tito Puente's name is often mentioned in a television production called La Epoca, a film about the Palladium era in New York, Afro-Cuban music and rhythms, mambo and salsa as dances and music and much more. Tito Puente_sentence_26

The film discusses many of Puente's, as well as Arsenio Rodríguez's, contributions, and features interviews with some of the musicians Puente recorded with Alfonso "El Panameno" Joseph. Tito Puente_sentence_27

Puente's son Richard "Richie" Puente was the percussionist in the 1970s funk band Foxy. Tito Puente_sentence_28

Puente's youngest son, Tito Puente Jr., has continued his father's legacy by presenting many of the same songs in his performances and recordings, while daughter Audrey Puente is a television meteorologist for WNYW and WWOR-TV in New York City. Tito Puente_sentence_29

Awards and recognition Tito Puente_section_2

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Discography Tito Puente_section_3

As leader Tito Puente_section_4

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With Dizzy Gillespie Tito Puente_sentence_30

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With Benny Golson Tito Puente_sentence_31

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With Quincy Jones Tito Puente_sentence_32

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With Sonny Stitt Tito Puente_sentence_33

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Filmography Tito Puente_section_6

Selected feature films Tito Puente_section_7

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Documentaries Tito Puente_section_8

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  • Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music (2000)Tito Puente_item_8_23
  • Profiles Featuring Tito Puente Jr. (2007)Tito Puente_item_8_24
  • Latin Knights (2005)Tito Puente_item_8_25
  • Calle 54 (2000)Tito Puente_item_8_26

Concert films Tito Puente_section_9

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  • Tito Puente – Live in Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival) (1983) (2003)Tito Puente_item_9_27

The Simpsons Tito Puente_section_10

Puente appeared in the two-part whodunit drama "Who Shot Mr. Tito Puente_sentence_34 Burns?" Tito Puente_sentence_35

in the sixth season finale and seventh season premiere of American comedy cartoon show The Simpsons in 1995. Tito Puente_sentence_36

In the shows, Puente joins Springfield Elementary School as a music teacher after the school discovers it is located over an oil well. Tito Puente_sentence_37

However, Mr. Tito Puente_sentence_38 Burns manages to pump the oil first which makes him the legal owner of the well. Tito Puente_sentence_39

This causes the school to fall into debt with budget cuts required to the music and maintenance departments, causing Puente to lose his job. Tito Puente_sentence_40

When Burns is later shot, Puente becomes one of the prime suspects but manages to clear himself by performing one of his songs for Chief Wiggum. Tito Puente_sentence_41

Seven alternative endings were filmed of various characters shooting Burns; Puente is one of the alternates. Tito Puente_sentence_42

Although all endings were filmed, the ending of Maggie Simpson shooting Burns was the ending chosen to air. Tito Puente_sentence_43

The Emmy-nominated song "Señor Burns" from the episode is featured on the 1999 album, Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons. Tito Puente_sentence_44

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tito Puente.