of Latin Music
We Will Always Love You!
April 20, 1923 - May 31, 2000
had the honor of not only having Tito Puente record
on several of the albums I produced in the 1970s
into 1980, but was also fortunate to travel around
the world with him on 4 tours with the "Latin
Percussion Jazz Ensemble."
1979 and 1980, these tours helped move Tito into
the world of Latin Jazz and introduced the world
to this master's music.
the most difficult moments of these tours, Tito
was always there with a funny line to break the
tension and make the shows a success. He
slept very little and was, inspite of his advancing
age, always buoyed up by the work he did and the
adulation of his adoring fans.
Puente was the most loved musician I have ever
known and was always loyal to the musicians who
served him. Some, like Johnny "Dandy"
Rodriguez, have been with him for over 38 years.
passing of this legend, I am most sorry to say,
brings to an end the era of big band Latin music.
will always love Tito, and his music and memories
will never fade.
Cohen (aka congahead)