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Tito Puente

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. 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". 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?". His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".

Birth and Death Data: Born 1923 (New York City), Died New York City

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter

See Also: El Rey del Timbal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0FB-3939 10-in. 3/23/1950 Lágrimas negras Conjunto Tito Puente ; Alfredito Valdés ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet leader  
Victor E0FB-3941 10-in. 3/23/1950 Ariñañara Conjunto Tito Puente ; Alfredito Valdés ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet leader  
Victor E0FB-5217 10-in. 8/1/1950 Tuxedo junction Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-5218 10-in. 8/1/1950 Laré laré Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-5219 10-in. 8/1/1950 Rogelio, no aprietes más Tito Puente Orchestra ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor E0FB-5270 10-in. 8/15/1950 Tren expreso Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-5271 10-in. 8/15/1950 Swinging the mambo Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-5272 10-in. 8/15/1950 ¿Dónde estabas tú? Tito Puente Orchestra ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor E0FB-5273 10-in. 8/15/1950 Sácala Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-6318 10-in. 12/26/1950 Domingo pantoja Tito Puente Orchestra ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor E0FB-6319 10-in. 12/26/1950 Co-co-coconut Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor E0FB-6320 10-in. 12/26/1950 Ya no hay mujeres feas Tito Puente Orchestra ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor E0FB-6321 10-in. 12/26/1950 Arroz con pollo Tito Puente Orchestra ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor CU-456 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Juaniquita René Alvarez Conjunto Instrumental ensemble composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Puente, Tito," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104659.

Puente, Tito. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104659.

"Puente, Tito." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104659

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