Ernesto Antonio Puente was born on 20th April 1923, in Manhattan, New York City USA, and was a musician, song writer as well as record producer. He was a very popular and prolific Puerto Rican musician, who recorded more than 100 albums of Latin music, and is still nicknamed The King of Latin Music. Puente won his first Grammy Award in 1979 for the album “A Tribute to Beny Moré”, and subsequently received a total of five Grammys, the latest of which came in 2000 from the album “Mambo Birdland”. He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Puente had been active in the entertainment industry from 1946 to 2000, when he passed away.
How much is the net worth of Tito Puente? It has been calculated by authoritative sources that the overall size of his net worth is as much as $5 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2017. Music was the main source of Puente’s modest fortune.
Tito Puente Net Worth $5 Million
To begin with, from an early age he was interested in percussion, and at the age of 13 he played as a drummer in Ramon Olivero’s big band, before studying composition, orchestration and piano at the Juilliard School of Music. From his childhood he learned to dance, and dance became a major axis of his musical career.
Puente began his full-time career playing with the Cuban pianist José Curbelo, then with Johnny Rodríguez, Anselmo Sacassas and Noro Morales. In 1942, he played with Machito and then went to serve in the US Navy during World War II. In 1945, he returned to New York and worked with José Curbello, Fernando Alvarez, Charlie Palmieri and Pupi Campo. Then, he formed the orchestra Piccadilly Boys, with which he released several albums. In 1949, he began to play the vibraphone too, followed by the congas, piano and occasionally clarinet as well as saxophone. During the 1950s, he played mambo almost every night at the Palladium Ballroom in New York, a meeting place of American stars, all of which laid the base of his net worth.
He was the only non-Cuban artist to be invited to Cuba in 1952 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Cuban music. In 1956, he turned to jazz with the album “Puente Goes Jazz”, and then to the bossa nova during the 1960s. However, Tito recorded dozens of albums touching many different styles, and especially salsa in the 1980s. He also played with the greatest jazz musicians, from Miles Davis to Lionel Hampton, from Dizzy Gillespie to Dexter Gordon. In 1962, he composed “Oye Como Va” which was a huge success in 1970s, thanks to the cover of Carlos Santana. In the late 1970s, he joined the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble with which he recorded two albums, and went on tour in Europe and Japan. In the 1980s, he moved towards instrumental music and jazz, and among others worked with pianists Jorge Dalto and Sonny Bravo as well as percussionists Dandy Rodríguez and José Madera.
He was also an actor in the second half of his life, to give example, starring in the feature film “The Mambo Kings”, which was shot in 1992. In the 1980s, he appeared several times on TV in the “Cosby Show”. In 1995, he also made a guest appearance in the animated series “The Simpsons”.
Finally, in the personal life of Tito Puente, he was married to Margaret Asencio from 1963, and they had two children together. He died of a heart attack on 1st June 2000 in New York City.
Date Of Birth
April 20, 1923 New York City, New York, U.S.
May 31, 2000 (aged 77) New York City, New York, U.S.
Musician, songwriter, record producer
Juilliard School of Music
Puerto Rican, American
Margaret Asencio (m.1963-2000, his death)
Tito Puente Jr., Audrey Puente, Richard Puente
Ernest Puente, Ercilia Puente, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
Anna Puente, Alberto Puente, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
Grammy Hall of Fame (2002), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, Inductee into the National Congressional Record (1992), James Smithson Bicentennial Medal (1993, from the Smithsonian), National Medal of Arts (1997),
Puente in Percussion (1956), Dance Mania (1958), Top Percussion (1958), Puente Goes Jazz (1956), Tito Puente and His Concert Orchestra (1973), Mambo Birdland (2000), Tito Puente Greatest Hits: Tito Puente Vol. 2 (2011)
Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (1990), Star on the Walk of Fame (2005, Union City’s Celia Cruz Park), Honorary Decree from the Los Angeles City Council (1984)
Armed and Dangerous (1986), Radio Days (1987), The Mambo Kings (1992), Stripes (1981)
Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music (2000), Cosby Show (1980), Profiles Featuring Tito Puente Jr. (2007), Latin Knights (2005), Calle 54 (2000, documentary), The Simpsons (1995), Tito Puente – Live in Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival, 1983, 2003)
Latin Percussion (LP) timbales
His facial expressions while he played his timbales
He was a Latin percussionist and musician
If there is no dance, there is not music.
By the year 2000, I want to be the first Latin musician to play on the moon.
Following his death, he was interred at Saint Anthony’s Church Cemetery in Nanuet, Rockland County, New York.
Pictured on one of five nondenominated USA commemorative stamps honoring Latin Music Legends, issued on 16 March 2011; price on day of issue was 44¢. The other stamps honored Carmen Miranda, Selena, Carlos Gardel and Celia Cruz.
He was posthumously awarded a star on the Union City Walk of Fame at Ceila Cruz Park in Union City, New Jersey on June 5, 2005.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 14, 1990.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1997 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2001.
He was the timbalero (timbales player) who began playing the instrument while standing in front of an orchestra. Before Puente, timbales had always been played from a seated postion in the rear of the orchestra.
Along with Mario Bauza, Machito and Dizzy Gillespie, Puente was responsible for the continued popularity of Afro-Cuban originated Latin jazz well into the later 20th century.
Godfather of drummer/actress/former Prince protégé, Sheila E..
Father of singer Tito Puente Jr..
Father of television news anchor Audrey Puente (works for local NBC station in New York City). She has also worked as a meteorologist for WCBS-TV in New York City.
His son Richard “Richie” Puente (died 2004 of complications following an assault) was a member of the musical group Foxy, which had a major disco song in 1978 with “Get Off” (Dash 5046). The song spent two weeks at #1 on Billboard’s R&B charts and went to #9 on the Hot 100 pop charts.
writer: “Oye Como Va”
writer: “Latin Till I Die Oye como va”
The Mambo Kings
performer: “Ran Kan Kan”, “Cuban Pete”, “Para Los Rumberos” / writer: “Ran Kan Kan”, “Para Los Rumberos”, “Mambo Gallego”
Hangin’ with the Homeboys
performer: “Four Beat Cha Cha”, “Llego Mijan” / writer: “Four Beat Cha Cha”, “Llego Mijan”
Especial Nochevieja 1993: Este año cruz y raya… seguro
Himself – Performer
Gloria Estefan: Mi Tierra
Late Night with David Letterman
Himself / Themselves
The Arsenio Hall Show
Un dia és un dia
Late Night with David Letterman: 7th Anniversary Special
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards
Àngel Casas Show
Roots of Rhythm
Beats of the Heart: Salsa
TV Movie documentary
All That Jazz
Himself – Performer
The Latin Explosion: A New America
TV Movie documentary
Himself – Musician
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2010
Late Show with David Letterman
Himself – Previous Ladder-Climbing Guest
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2009
Memòries de la tele
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2008
La tierra de las 1000 músicas
TV Series documentary
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
TV Movie documentary Part 1
Star on the Walk of Fame
Walk of Fame
Awarded on August 14, 1990 at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
NCLR Bravo Award
NCLR Bravo Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Variety or Music Series/Special
Known for movies
$5 million 1923-04-20 1983 2000 (aged 77) New York City 2000-06-01 2003 Actor American Armed and Dangerous (1986) Audrey Puente Calle 54 (2000) Charlie Palmieri Composer CurbelloAnselmo Sacassas Dance Mania (1958) Dandy Rodríguez Dexter Gordon Dizzy Gillespie documentary) Engaging (2009) Fernando Alvarez from the Smithsonian) Grammy Awards Grammy Hall of Fame (2002) Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003) Honorary Decree from the Los Angeles City Council (1984) American Inductee into the National Congressional Record (1992) James Smithson Bicentennial Medal (1993 Johnny RodríguezTito Puente Jr. Jorge Dalto José José Curbelo José Madera Latin Grammy Awards Latin Knights (2005) Lionel Hampton Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2000) Mambo Birdland Margaret Asencio May 31 Miles Davis Musician Na National Medal of Arts (1997) New York New York City Noro Morales producer Profiles Featuring Tito Puente Jr. (2007) Puente Goes Jazz (1956) Puente in Percussion (1956) Pupi Campo Radio Days (1987) Record producer Richard Puente Señorita Justice (2004) Songwriter Sonny Bravo Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (1990) Star on the Walk of Fame (2005 Stripes (1981) The Mambo Kings (1992) The Simpsons (1995) The Sun Shines on the Other Side of the Street (2008) tional Medal of Arts (1997) Tito Puente – Live in Montreal (Montreal Jazz Festival Tito Puente and His Concert Orchestra (1973) Tito Puente Greatest Hits: Tito Puente Vol. 2 (2011) Tito Puente Jr. Tito Puente Net Worth Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music (2000) Top Percussion (1958) U.S. Union City’s Celia Cruz Park)