Tito Puente Biography

Tito Puente Puente
( 1923 - )
May 22, 2018
First published on:May 22, 2018

Facts of Tito Puente Biography

Date of Birth: 1923 April 20
Age: 95 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Gender: Male
occupation songwriter, record producer, and musician
networth $4 million
ethnicity white
nationality American
spouse Margaret Asencio
education Columbia University
place_of_birth Manhattan, New York
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Tito Puente was an American songwriter, record producer, and musician who was best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions. Besides, he was also widely perceived for winning five Grammy Awards for his distinctive musical sound.

 

Tito Puente was married to girlfriend, Margaret Asencio. The husband and wife were blessed with three children, a daughter Audrey Puente and sons Tito Puente Jr., Richard Puente. His daughter is an American meteorologist whereas his son Tito Puente Jr. is a bandleader. Well in this digest, we will be talking detail about Puente's personal life including career, early life, nationality, ethnicity, salary, daughter, children, early life, education, net worth, lifestyles and much more.

Tito Puente Early Life and Education

Ernesto Antonio Puente better recognized as Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923, in Manhattan, New York at Harlem Hospital Center. He spent a majority of his childhood in the Spanish Harlem, the area of the city. His father was the foreman at a razor blade factory.

[ CAPTION: Renowned musician, Tito Puente young age photo ][ SOURCE: National Jazz Museum in Harlem ]

As a child, his mother sent him to piano lessons. Besides, Puente later created song and dance duo with his sister. Anna intended to become a dancer but due to an ankle injury, he could not pursue his career as a dancer. He then became a drummer in Machito's band.

Tito Pente Career

Puente grew up in New York City's Spanish Harlem and at the age of 13, he became a professional musician. After an apprenticeship in the historic Machito Orchestra, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy where he served in World War II.

In 1945, he returned to New York to study at New York City's famed Juilliard School and in 1948 formed a band, the Tito Puente Orchestra. In 1999, Tito was awarded an honorary degree at Columbia University.

His band began attracting large crowds which made him a Latin music sensation. He released his best-selling album, Dance Mania, and more hits followed in 1958. Besides, he received numerous awards for his works including five Grammy Awards.

Youtube: Tito Pente live performance;

Tito Puente and his music appear in many films, comprising Fernando Trueba's Calle 54 and the Mambo Kings. Moreover, he also guest-starred on several television shows such as The Cosby Show, Sesame Street,  and most notably the Simpsons two-part episode Who Shot Mr. Burns?

Tito Pente Personal Life

Tito Pente married his wife, Margaret Asencio in 1963. The husband and wife were blessed with three children two sons, Tito Puente Jr., Richard Puente and a daughter, Audrey Puente. He and his family were living a happy life. However, a tragic end came after the Tito death on May 31, 2000. He died at the age of 77.

Currently, his son Tito Puente Jr. is carrying his father legacy by presenting his performances and recordings with much of his father's repertoire.

Tito Pente Net Worth

As an established musician, songwriter and record producer, Tito Pente accumulated a decent sum of money. Since his death, his net worth was estimated at around $5 million.

May 22, 2018
First published on:May 22, 2018
by dd-rabin


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