Tito Puente: The King Of The Mambo

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For me when I hear about the dance the mambo I always visualize Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray doing the mambo in the movie “Dirty Dancing”. Well guess what? There actually has been in this world a guy who was honored with the title of King of Mambo. You know with so many kings both royal and rock and roll and otherwise up there in heaven I sometimes wonder if they have their own kingdom up there.

So by now I guess you are wondering who in the world was the King of Mambo. Well his name was Tito Puente. He was a bandleader and percussionist and the one who helped to popularize Latin dance music and jazz in the U.S. Puente was born on April 20, 1923 in New York City. His career spanned six decades and he got the nickname of “El Rey” or The

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