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Tito Puentes

Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), commonly known as Tito Puente, was an American musician, songwriter, bandleader, timbalero, and record producer of Puerto Rican descent. He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions from his 50-year career. His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".

Puente and his music have appeared in films including The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".

Birth and Death Data: Born April 20, 1923 (New York City), Died June 1, 2000 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, drums, composer, conga, timbales, songwriter

Notes: Tito Puente, born in 1923 as Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr. in New York City, is also credited in sources as E. Puente, E. Puentes, Ernest Puente, Ernesto Puente, and is known as El Rey del Timbal. Do not confuse with Cuban jazz trumpeter Ernesto Tito Puentes (1928-2017).

See Also: El Rey del Timbal

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-060378 10-in. 1/27/1941 La conga (Havana's calling me) Vincent Lopez ; Angel M. Rodriguez ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and chanting instrumentalist, conga  
Victor BS-060379 10-in. 1/27/1941 Cachita Vincent Lopez ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, conga  
Victor BS-060380 10-in. 1/27/1941 Los hijos de Buda (Mexican jumping bean) Vincent Lopez ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, conga  
Victor BS-060381 10-in. 1/27/1941 Yumba (Havana's calling me) Vincent Lopez ; Suave Swing Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, conga  
Victor E0FB-3939 10-in. 3/23/1950 Lágrimas negras Conjunto Tito Puente ; Alfredito Valdés ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, drums, leader  
Victor E0FB-3941 10-in. 3/23/1950 Ariñañara Conjunto Tito Puente ; Alfredito Valdés ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet instrumentalist, drums, 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 E1FB-1769 10-in. 4/13/1951 Mi chiquita quiere guarachar Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums, leader  
Victor E1FB-1770 10-in. 4/13/1951 Cac-cao maní picao Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor E1FB-1771 10-in. 4/13/1951 Cuando suenan los tambores Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums, leader  
Victor E1FB-1772 10-in. 4/13/1951 Para que sufran los pollos Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor E1FB-1773 10-in. 4/13/1951 El baile del pinguino Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor E1FB-1774 10-in. 4/13/1951 Picadillo Conjunto Tito Puente Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums, leader, composer  
Victor E1FB-1775 10-in. 4/13/1951 Tú no eres nadie Conjunto Tito Puente ; Vicentico Valdés Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor E1FB-1776 10-in. 4/13/1951 Cándido Conjunto Tito Puente Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor F2TB-8074 10-in. 11/28/1955 Everlasting love Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, timbales, leader  
Victor F2TB-8075 10-in. 11/28/1955 Vibe cha-cha Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, timbales, leader  
Victor F2TB-8076 10-in. 11/28/1955 Cuban nightmare Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, timbales, leader  
Victor F2TB-8077 10-in. 11/28/1955 Mambo buda Tito Puente Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer, instrumentalist, timbales, leader  
Victor D7FB-0119 10-in. 1/29/1947 Maracas José Curbelo Orchestra ; Bobby Ramos Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-0282 10-in. 4/23/1947 Mary Ann José Curbelo Orchestra Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-0283 10-in. 4/23/1947 Boogie-woogie na favela José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-0284 10-in. 4/23/1947 Ed Sullivan samba José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-0285 10-in. 4/23/1947 ¿Cuándo aprenderás? José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-0948 10-in. 6/10/1947 Clarinet samba José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-0949 10-in. 6/10/1947 Te amo Chito Izar ; José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-0950 10-in. 6/10/1947 Rumba mejoral José Curbelo Orchestra ; Tito Rodríguez Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-0951 10-in. 6/10/1947 Take me, take me José Curbelo Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-1783 10-in. 10/22/1947 Yo e'tá cansá Alberto Socarrás, su Flauta Mágica y su Orquesta Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-1784 10-in. 10/22/1947 Pi-pi-ta-na Alberto Socarrás, su Flauta Mágica y su Orquesta Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-1785 10-in. 10/22/1947 Empieza el beguine Alberto Socarrás, su Flauta Mágica y su Orquesta Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7XB-1786 10-in. 10/22/1947 Tu felicidad Alberto Socarrás, su Flauta Mágica y su Orquesta Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-2202 10-in. 11/19/1947 Murmullo Alberto Socarras, his Magic Flute and his Orchestra Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-2203 10-in. 11/19/1947 Harlem rumba Alberto Socarras, his Magic Flute and his Orchestra Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-2204 10-in. 11/19/1947 Rumbita Alberto Socarras, his Magic Flute and his Orchestra Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D7FB-2205 10-in. 11/19/1947 Maria Elena Alberto Socarrás ; Alberto Socarrás Flute solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2581 10-in. 11/23/1949 Guayaba Conjunto Tito Puente Instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2582 10-in. 11/23/1949 Timbal y bongó Conjunto Tito Puente Instrumental ensemble composer, leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2583 10-in. 11/23/1949 Tito timbero Conjunto Tito Puente Instrumental ensemble leader, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2584 10-in. 11/23/1949 Ran-kan-kan Conjunto Tito Puente Instrumental ensemble leader, composer, instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2750 10-in. 12/9/1949 Tú no sabe hablar Conjunto del Ritmo [Angel Rosa] ; Angel Rosa Vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2751 10-in. 12/9/1949 Soy feliz Conjunto del Ritmo [Angel Rosa] ; Angel Rosa Vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2752 10-in. 12/9/1949 Aunque muera ya Conjunto del Ritmo [Angel Rosa] ; Angel Rosa Vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor D9FB-2753 10-in. 12/9/1949 Camará Conjunto del Ritmo [Angel Rosa] ; Angel Rosa Vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, drums  
Victor CU-456 10-in. before 9/5/1950 Juaniquita Conjunto René Alvarez Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia CO27372 10-in. 5/28/1940 No quiero que vuelvas : Bolero son Johnny Rodríguez y su Orquesta Stork Club Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Puente, Tito," accessed June 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104659.

Puente, Tito. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104659.

"Puente, Tito." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 June 2024.

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

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