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Tito Puente
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Puente in 1998
Background information
Birth name Ernesto Antonio Puente
Born (1923-04-20)April 20, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died May 31, 2000(2000-05-31) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Latin jazz
  • Afro-Cuban jazz
  • mambo
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 1946–2000
Associated acts
  • La Lupe
  • Celia Cruz
  • Santos Colón
  • The Blackout All-Stars

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – May 31, 2000) was an American musician, songwriter and record producer. He was known 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 his Latin jazz works. He and his music appear in many movies such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows, including Sesame Street and The Simpsons. His most famous song is "Oye Como Va".

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