Tito Puente Net Worth

Tito Puente Net Worth is
$5 Million

Tito Puente Biography

Tito Puente Net Worthy of: Tito Puente was an American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer who had a net worthy of of $5 million. Throughout his profession, Puente performed with several leading jazz performers and in addition with many symphony orchestras. Navy and offered during Globe War II. More than his 50-year profession, he was most widely known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions. Puente and his music come in many films, like the Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba’s Calle 54. He also guest-starred on many television shows (Sesame Road, The Cosby Show & most notably The Simpsons two-part event Who Shot Mr. Burns?). By the ’50s, the band was attracting huge crowds and Puente became a Latin music feeling. In 1999, Puente was awarded an honorary level at Columbia University. After an apprenticeship in the historical Machito Orchestra, Puente was drafted in to the U.S. Puente was also known as The Musical Pope, El Rey de los Timbales (The King of the timables) and The King of Latin Music. He came back to NY in 1945 to review at NY City’s famed Juilliard College and in 1948 shaped a band that could later be referred to as the Tito Puente Orchestra. The boy of Puerto Rican immigrants, Puente was raised in NY City’s Spanish Harlem and became a specialist musician at age group 13. In 1958, Puente released his best-offering album, Dance Mania, and even more hits implemented. Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente (aka Tito Puente) was created July 23, 1923 in NEW YORK, NY. Puente received many awards for his function, including five Grammy Awards. He learned to enjoy several instruments as a kid, you start with the piano after that shifting to vibraphone, percussion, saxophone and timbales. Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente died June 1, 2000 (aged 77) in NEW YORK, New York.

Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameTito Puente
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthApril 20, 1923
DiedMay 31, 2000, New York City, New York, United States
ProfessionRecord producer, Actor, Sailor, Percussionist, Singer, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
EducationJuilliard School
SpouseMargaret Asencio
ChildrenTito Puente, Jr., Audrey Puente, Richard Puente, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
ParentsErnest Puente, Ercilia Puente, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
SiblingsAnna Puente, Alberto Puente, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording, Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, Oye Como Va, Ran|Kan|Kan, Lola
Music GroupsThe Blackout All-Stars
NominationsALMA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Variety or Music Series/Special
MoviesThe Mambo Kings, Armed and Dangerous, Roots of Rhythm, Tito Puente: Live in Montreal, Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa, Beats of the Heart: Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities
TV ShowsThe Simpsons

Interesting Facts

1 Following his death, he was interred at Saint Anthony's Church Cemetery in Nanuet, Rockland County, New York.
2 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.
3 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.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 14, 1990.
5 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1997 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
6 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2001.
7 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.
8 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.
9 Godfather of drummer/actress/former Prince protégé, Sheila E..
10 Father of singer Tito Puente Jr..
11 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.
12 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.


1 Latin Percussion (LP) timbales
2 His facial expressions while he played his timbales
3 He was a Latin percussionist and musician


1 If there is no dance, there is not music.
2 By the year 2000, I want to be the first Latin musician to play on the moon.


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on August 14, 1990 at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 NCLR Bravo Award NCLR Bravo Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Variety or Music Series/Special



American Me 1992 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Gladiator 1992 writer: "Latin Till I Die Oye como va"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "Ran Kan Kan", "Cuban Pete", "Para Los Rumberos" / writer: "Ran Kan Kan", "Para Los Rumberos", "Mambo Gallego"
Hangin' with the Homeboys 1991 performer: "Four Beat Cha Cha", "Llego Mijan" / writer: "Four Beat Cha Cha", "Llego Mijan"
Havana 1990/I performer: "Cuban's Nightmare" / writer: "Cuban's Nightmare"
Salsa 1988 performer: "Oye Como Va", "Mambo Guzon" / writer: "Oye Como Va", "Mambo Guzon"
The Secret of My Succe$s 1987 writer: "El Catuco"
Radio Days 1987 performer: "Tico Tico" 1942
The Boss' Wife 1986 performer: "Carioca", "Equinox"
Armed and Dangerous 1986 performer: "OYE COMO VA" / producer: "OYE COMO VA" / writer: "OYE COMO VA"
Knight Rider 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Salsa 1976 Documentary arranger: "Babarabatiri"
Pleasure Island 1975 writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited
Summer Session 1975 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Historia de un marido infiel 1956 writer: "Ran Can Can"
Loco x vos 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars TV Series 1 episode, 2014 writer - 7 episodes, 2006 - 2012 music - 1 episode, 2008
Chef 2014 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Cuban Fury 2014 lyrics: "Tito On Timbales" / music: "Tito On Timbales" / performer: "Mambo Gozon", "Tito On Timbales", "Ah! Ah!", "Matacumbe", "Machito Forever Cut Chemist Remix" / writer: "Mambo Gozon", "Ah! Ah!", "Matacumbe", "Machito Forever Cut Chemist Remix"
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer - 6 episodes, 2006 - 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Despicable Me 2 2013 performer: "Cielito Lindo"
Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 writer: "Body Movin' Fat Boy Slim Remix"
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
What to Expect When You're Expecting 2012 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tower Heist 2011 performer: "Mi Bomba Sono"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada TV Series performer - 5 episodes, 2008 - 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2008
The Loneliest Planet 2011 writer: "Oye Como Va" - uncredited
Dance Central 2010 Video Game writer: "Body Movin' Fatboy Slim Remix"
Chico & Rita 2010 writer: "Mambo Herd"
Warehouse 13 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Nip/Tuck 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Supernatural 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dzi Croquettes 2009 Documentary performer: "El Cayuco" / writer: "El Cayuco"
Burn Notice 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo 2009 "Four Beat Mambo aka Mambo Solitario"
Middle Men 2009 performer: "Oye Como Va" / writer: "Oye Como Va"
We Own the Night 2007 performer: "Mambo Diablo" / writer: "Mambo Diablo"
Delta Farce 2007 writer: "Oye Como Va"
My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Lady in the Water 2006 writer: "El Cayuco"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game performer: "Oye Como Va" / writer: "Oye Como Va"
12 and Holding 2005 writer: "Oye Mi Guaguanaco"
Where the Truth Lies 2005 writer: "Oye Como Va" 1963
Six Feet Under 2004 TV Series 1 episode
Eros 2004 performer: "Tito On Timbales" / writer: "Tito On Timbales"
Wicker Park 2004 performer: "Ran Kan Kan" / writer: "Ran Kan Kan"
Man on Fire 2004 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Along Came Polly 2004 performer: "A GOZAR TIMBERO"
Beyond Borders 2003 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: "Mambo Gozon" - as The Tito Puente Orchestra / writer: "Mambo Gozon"
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams 2002 writer: "Oye Como Spy"
Hollywood Ending 2002 performer: "Descarga" 1955
Empire 2002 performer: "Que Te Pedi"
Blow 2001 performer: "Mambo Gozon" / writer: "Mambo Gozon"
Spy Kids 2001 writer: "Oye Como Spy"
Born Romantic 2000 performer: "Ran Kan Kan" / writer: "Oye Como Va", "Ran Kan Kan" - as Puente
Luminarias 2000 performer: "Love Me"
The Woman Chaser 1999 performer: "Dance of the Headhunters", "Ritual Drum Dance" / writer: "Dance of the Headhunters", "Ritual Drum Dance"
The Astronaut's Wife 1999 performer: "Four Beat Cha Cha Cha" / writer: "Four Beat Cha Cha Cha"
Les parasites 1999 performer: "Yo Quiero Vivir Tranquilo" - as Ernesto Tito Puente / writer: "Yo Quiero Vivir Tranquilo"
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries 1998 performer: "Amarra el porto en la dura"
Woo 1998 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Wild Things 1998 performer: "Salsa Caliente" / writer: "Salsa Caliente"
The Big Lebowski 1998 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Out to Sea 1997 writer: "Oye Como Va" 1963
Keys to Tulsa 1997 writer: "Oye Como Va"
Harriet the Spy 1996 performer: "Ran Kan Kan" / writer: "Ran Kan Kan"
Up Close & Personal 1996 performer: "Hong Kong Mambo" / writer: "Hong Kong Mambo"
The Simpsons 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 performer: "AZUKIKI", "OLD ARRIVAL" / writer: "OYE COMO VA", "AZUKIKI"
Baseball TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode, 1994 performer - 1 episode, 1994
I Like It Like That 1994 performer: "I Like It"
The Cowboy Way 1994 performer: "Ran Kan Kan" / writer: "Ran Kan Kan"
Carlito's Way 1993 writer: "Oye Como Va"


The Mambo Kings 1992 Tito Puente
Cinemax Sessions 1989 TV Series
Radio Days 1987 Latin Bandleader
Armed and Dangerous 1986 Band Leader
The Cosby Show 1986 TV Series Timbal Player


Lolita's Dreams 1983 Short


Sid Bernstein Presents... 2010 Documentary
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Palladium: Where Mambo Was King 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Calle 54 2000 Documentary Himself
Americanos: Latino Life in the United States 2000 Documentary Himself
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa 1999 TV Special Himself
The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story 1999 Documentary Himself
Billboard Latin Music Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Romance del cumbanchero 1998 Video documentary Himself
Latino NY Live 1998 TV Series Himself (1998)
RMM 10th. Anniversary Collection VOL. 3 1997 Video Himself
The 22nd New York Salsa Festival 1997 Video documentary Himself
The Best of Latin Jazz 1997 Video short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-1997 TV Series Himself
Pa'lante con Cristina 1997 TV Series Himself
Lo + plus 1997 TV Series Himself
From Son to Salsa 1996 Documentary Himself
New York Undercover 1996 TV Series Himself
Gala de la hispanidad 1996 TV Movie Himself
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Himself
The Simpsons 1995 TV Series Himself
Familia RMM Combinacion Perfecta 1994 Video documentary Himself
Especial Nochevieja 1993: Este año cruz y raya... seguro 1993 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Gloria Estefan: Mi Tierra 1993 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1992 TV Series Himself / Themselves
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman: 7th Anniversary Special 1989 TV Movie Himself
Salsa 1988 Himself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
Àngel Casas Show 1984 TV Series Himself
Roots of Rhythm 1984 TV Series Himself
Sound Festival 1982 TV Series Himself
Beats of the Heart: Salsa 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
All That Jazz 1962 TV Series Himself - Performer

Archive Footage

The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Musician
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2010 2010 TV Movie Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2009 TV Series Himself - Previous Ladder-Climbing Guest
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2009 2009 TV Movie Himself
Memòries de la tele 2009 TV Series Himself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2008 2008 TV Special Himself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Tom Dowd & the Language of Music 2003 Documentary Himself
Crossroads 1999 TV Movie documentary Part 1

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