Tito Puente Biography, Cause of Death, Google Doodle, Age, Net worth 2022, Salary, Educational Qualifications, Family Details, Parents, Wife, Children, Nationality, and more

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FullnameErnest Anthony Puente Jr.
NicknameTito Puente
Date of birthApril 20, 1923
BirthplaceNew York City, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 2000, at 2:27am
ProfessionMusician, Song Writer, Record Producer
HometownNew York
Educational QualificationsGraduate from The Juilliard School
Wife NameMargaret Asencio
Parents NameFather's name- Ernest Puente, Mother's name- Ercilia Puente
Famous forGoogle Doodle honored on Oct 11, 2000
Net Worth 2022NA

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Tito Puente Biography

Tito Puente Biography: Tito Puente, who is most popularly known as Ernest Anthony Puente Jr. is a popular American musician, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer of Puerto Rican descent. He was born on April 20, 1923, at Harlem Hospital Center in the New York borough of Manhattan.

Tito Puente Biography

He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that endured over a 50-year career. If we talk about his most popular song than he best know for his popular song "Oye Como Va".

Not only that, even he also performed in many films with his songs like 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?".

Tito Puente Early life and education

Tito Puente Early life and education: Tito Puente, who is known as a popular American musician, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer, was born on April 20, 1923, at Harlem Hospital Center in the New York borough of Manhattan, stateside Puerto Ricans residing in New York City's Spanish Harlem area.

Tito Puente Early life and education

He was the son of Ernest Puente (father) and Ercilia Puente (mother). He grew up in different part of the US, but major part of his life spent in Spanish Harlem. His father was a foreman in a razorblade factory.

Tito's racial identity was very important to him and he maintained a heavy accent until his death despite being born in the United States. As per Wikipedia, He was very hyperactive in his childhood. His neibors even complaint of hearing seven-year-old Puente beating on pots and window frames, his mother sent him to 25-cent piano lessons.

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

And later in his life he created a song-and-dance duo with his sister Anna in the 1930s, and want to become a dancer, but due to an ankle tendon injury he could not pursue the career in dance.

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

Tito Puente's salary and net worth 2022

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Career details of Tito Puente

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Career details of Tito Puente

Puente served in the Navy for three years during World War II after being drafted in 1942. He was discharged with a Presidential Unit Citation for serving in nine battles on the escort carrier USS Santee (CVE-29). 

The GI Bill allowed him to study music at Juilliard School of Music, where he completed a formal education in conducting, orchestration and theory.      We play jazz with the Latin touch, that's all, you know.

During 1950 he was the at height of his career, and helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds like mambo, son, and cha-cha-chá, to mainstream audiences. In those days he was so popular and successful playing popular Afro-Cuban rhythms that even lot of people mistakenly identify him as Cuban.

If we talk about his most popular album Dance Mania, then it was released in 1958. His most popular compositios is  cha-cha "Oye como va" (1963), which was popularized by Latin rock musician Carlos Santana and later interpreted, among others, by Julio Iglesias, Irakere and Celia Cruz.

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 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal from the Smithsonian.

He was appeared in the music documentry Calle 54 in early 2000. His name is also mentined 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. 

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. 

Personal Life

Puente`s son Richard "Richie" Puente become the percussionist withinside the Seventies funk band Foxy. Puente's youngest son, Tito Puente Jr., has persisted his father's legacy through providing the various equal songs in his performances and recordings, at the same time as daughter Audrey Puente is a tv meteorologist for WNYW and WWOR-TV in New York City.


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.[10] He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. 

Awards and recognition

Here are the most popular awards and recognitions.

Awards and recognition

  • On August 20, 2000, East 110th Street in Spanish Harlem was named 'Tito Puente Way'
  • On May 19, 1999, he received an honorary Mus.D degree from Columbia University
  • In 1999, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.
  • On June 5, 2005, Puente was honored by Union City, New Jersey with a star on the Walk of Fame at Union City's Celia Cruz Park.
  • In 1984 he received an honorary Decree from the Los Angeles City Council.
  • In 1990 he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. (ref Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce)
  • In 1997, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
  • Puente performed at the closing ceremonies at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The timbales he used there are on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
  • In 1995, Puente was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.
  • An amphitheatre was named in his honor at Luis Muñoz Marín Park, next to the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • On September 10, 2007, a United States Post Office in Spanish 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).
  • During the presidency of Sen. Roberto Rexach Benítez, Tito Puente received the unique honor of having both a special session of the Senate of Puerto Rico dedicated to him, and being allowed to perform in his unique style on the floor of the Senate while it was in session.
  • In 1995, Tito Puente received the Billboard Latin Music Lifetime Achievement Award.


As leader

  • Mambos Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (10" LP's, 1951) Tico
  • Mambos Vol. 3 & Vol. 4 (10" LP's, 1952) Tico
  • Mambos Vol. 5 & King of the Mambo, Vol. 6 (10" LP's, 1953) Tico
  • Mamborama (1955) Tico
  • Puente In Percussion (1956) Tico
  • Cha Cha Cha's For Lovers (1956) Tico
  • Cuban Carnival (1956) RCA Victor
  • Night Beat (1957) RCA Victor
  • Top Percussion (1958) RCA Victor
  • Dance Mania (1958) RCA Victor
  • Dancing Under Latin Skies (1959)
  • Mucho Cha-Cha (1959)
  • Tambo (1960) RCA Victor
  • Cha Cha With Tito Puente at Grossinger's (1960) RCA Victor
  • El Rey: Bravo (1962) Tico
  • Tito Puente Swings, The Exciting Lupe Sings (1965)
  • El Rey (The King) (1968) Tico
  • El Rey: Tito Puente & His Latin Ensemble (1984) Concord Picante
  • Mambo Diablo (1985) Concord Picante
  • Sensacion (1986) Concord Picante
  • Un Poco Loco (1987) Bellaphon
  • Goza Mi Timbal (1989) Concord Picante
  • Tito's Idea (1995) Tropi Jazz / RMM
  • Jazzin' (with India) (1996) Tropi Jazz / RMM
  • 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 '99: 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)
  • Special Delivery featuring Maynard Ferguson (1996)
  • Rey (2000)
  • His Vibes & Orchestra (2000)
  • Cha Cha Cha for Lovers (2000)
  • Homenaje a Beny Moré Vol. 3 (2000) featuring Celia Cruz
  • 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)
  • Masterpiece/Obra maestra (2000) with Eddie Palmieri
  • 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)
  • Quatro: The Definitive Collection(2012)
  • Filmography

    • Celia Cruz (Netflix; portrayed as "Tico") (2015)
    • The Mambo Kings (1992) as Himself
    • Radio Days (1987) as Latin Bandleader
    • Armed and Dangerous (1986) as Band Leader


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

    Concert films

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

    Facts about Tito Puente

    Facts about Tito Puente:

    Facts about Tito Puente

    Let's talk about the facts about Tito Puente now.

    1. Tito Puente was born in New York City, U.S.
    2. He died on June 1, 2000 (aged 77) New York City, U.S
    3. His favorite instruments were Timbales and vibraphone.
    4.  His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".
    5. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?". 
    6. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. 

    FAQs about Tito Puente

    Although I tried to cover everything about him in this post, there may be many things that could not be mentioned in this post. If you think something is missing, then let me know I will update that here. 

    FAQs about Tito Puente

    Here I am sharing the top most frequently asked questions and their answers below.

    1. Who is Tito Puente?

    Ans. Tito Peunte was a popular American musician, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. He was the son of Ernest Puente (father) and Ercilia Puente (mother). His most popular song is "Oye Como Va".

    2. Where was Tito Puente born?

    Ans. He was born in New York City, U.S.

    3. What are the educational qualifications of Tito Puente?

    Ans. He was Graduate from The Juilliard School.

    4. What is the nationality of Tito Puente?

    Ans. He is an American.

    5. is Tito Puente married?

    Ans. Yes, He is married to Margaret Asencio.

    6. Tito Puente  Wikipedia?

    Ans. You can check out his profile on Wikipediatoo.


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