Tito Puente

~ Person

Legal name: Ernesto Antonio Puente


Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. 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" (The King of the Timbales) and "The King of Latin Music". He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. 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 and The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Tito Puente and His Latin Ensemble on Broadway Tito Puente 1
1989 Latina Familia Sheila E., Pete Escovedo & Tito Puente 1
1998 Live at Birdland Tito Puente 1
Cha Cha Chá Tito Puente 1
Golden Latin Jazz All Stars: Live at the Village Gate Tito Puente 1
Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival Tito Puente 1
The Complete R.C.A. Revolving Bandstand Sessions Tito Puente & Buddy Morrow 1
Yo Quiero Vivir Tranquilo (live New Morning) Tito Puente 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Tito Puente's Drumming with the Mambo King Tito Puente 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Oye como va Tito Puente, Jr. & The Latin Rhythm feat. Tito Puente, India & Cali Aleman 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Salsa Salsa Tito Puente 1
Bossa Nova by Puente Tito Puente and His Orchestra 1
Crazy Mambos Tito Puente 1
Cuando Suenan Los Tambores Tito Puente 1
Lo mejor de lo mejor Tito Puente 1
Puente's Beat/Herman's Heat Tito Puente and Woody Herman 1
Special Delivery Tito Puente & Maynard Ferguson 1
Special Delivery Tito Puente 1
The King of Mambo Tito Puente 2
The Legend Tito Puente 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Carnival Tito Puente 1

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