Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, Grammy Winner

April 20, 1923 is the birthday of Puerto Rican musician Ernesto Antonio Puente, affectionately known as Tito Puente.  He was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents.  He studied piano and percussion as a child, and began playing professionally in his teens. He was drafted into the Navy during World War II, and after returning safely, he studied at the prestigious Julliard School of Music with the GI Bill.  He formed his own band in 1948.  Tito has recorded over 50 albums and has won 5 Grammy Awards. 

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