Tito Puente

American musician (1923-2000)

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000)[1] 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".

Tito Puente
Puente in 1998
Puente in 1998
Background information
Birth nameErnesto Antonio Puente
Born(1923-04-20)April 20, 1923
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 2000(2000-06-01) (aged 77)
New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1946–2000

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".[2]


  1. Tito Puente biography. BookRags.com. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  2. "Oye Como Va History". Phish.net. Retrieved October 27, 2019.