Tito Puente by Tim McNeese


Tito Puente by Tim McNeese

He was born in New York City, and he died in New York City. But Tito Puente would live his life as a Puerto Rican who would become one of the greatest Hispanic-American musicians of the 20th century. During the 1940s and 1950s, American music experienced some of its most significant changes. The separate worlds of jazz, swing, and Latin music came together to take on new forms and styles, resulting in a music that created a beat and syncopation that brought countless thousands of frenetic fans to the dance floors and night clubs of the Big Apple. Puente led the way in this transition of the American music scene as a songwriter, arranger, big bandleader, and unrivaled musician. He pounded out rhythms on the timbales with an incredible intensity and soul, a combination that won him the hearts of his admirers, those who were drawn in by the ecstatic lure of his style of Afro-Cuban music. In Tito Puente , read about this energetic six-time Grammy Award winner.


The Great Hispanic Heritage series provides biographies of selected Hispanic leaders and major figures, making for strong biographical choices for youngsters...All are especially recommended picks for biographical studies.

About the Author

Tim McNeese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska. Professor McNeese earned an associate of arts degree from York College, a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Harding University, and a master of arts in history from Missouri State University. A prolific author of books for elementary, middle, and high school, and college readers, McNeese has published more than ninety books and educational materials over the past twenty years, on everything from the founding of Jamestown to Spanish painters. His writing has earned him a citation in the library reference work, Contemporary Authors. In 2006, he appeared on the History Channel program Risk Takers/History Makers: John Wesley Powell and the Grand Canyon.

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118 pages


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Publication date

15th April 2008



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