The composer Tito Puente died at the age of 77. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Pioneering Latin salsa composer who created numerous hits and won five Grammy Awards for his distinctive music sound.
He was married to Margaret Asencio from 1963 to 2000. He had three children named Tito Jr., Audrey and Richard. His father was a factory foreman, and his mother first enrolled him in piano lessons.
“At 14 and 15, I used to listen to Tito Puente, Dave Valentine and everything that was happening with American jazz. I love it.” (La India)
“I think the Apollo has always been the people’s performing arts center and reflected the community, whether it is Stevie Wonder or Tito Puente.” (Arturo O’Farrill)
“At rehearsals, I began conducting the band, counting them in without thinking. I guess it came from watching salsa legends like my uncle and Tito Puente, who was very much the leader of his band on stage.” (Little Louie Vega)
“I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa.” (Carlos Santana)