Tito Puente

Tito Puente
Puente in 1996
Puente in 1996
Background information
Birth nameErnest Anthony Puente Jr.
Born(1923-04-20)April 20, 1923
New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 2000(2000-06-01) (aged 77)
New York City, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1946–2000
Military Service[1]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1942-1946
RankBugler First Class
UnitUSS Santee (CVE-29)
Battles/warsWorld War II,Operation Torch, Guadalcanal Campaign, New Guinea Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Battle of Philippine Sea, Battle of Guam, Luzon Campaign, Iwo Jima Operation, Okinawa Gunto Operation
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Ernest Anthony Puente Jr. (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000),[2] commonly known as Tito Puente, was an American musician, songwriter, bandleader, 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".[3]

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?".

  1. ^ "Shadow box". navy.togetherweserved.com. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Tito Puente biography. BookRags.com. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "Oye Como Va History". Phish.net. Retrieved October 27, 2019.

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