A BBC documentary about the Mambo man...Tito Puente!

Documentary URL: https://bbc.in/42CfWx3 The legendary Tito Puente did it all. He was a percussionist, songwriter, and bandleader. He was responsible for some of the world’s most beloved mambo and salsa classics. By many, he is known simply as the king of Latin music. Born in Harlem, New York City, to Puerto Rican parents in 1923, his musical drive was clear from the start. Much to the annoyance of their neighbours, he would wander around the house drumming on anything that would make a loud enough sound. After one neighbour complained about the noise, his mother enrolled the seven-year-old in piano lessons. Three years later, he stopped piano lessons in favour of percussion – and never looked back. Puente, who passed away in 2000, leaving behind more than 100 albums and major hits, such as the popular classic “Oye Como Va,” famously covered by Santana. In this documentary on his life, we look back at his achievements and how he aided the career of Cuban singer Celia Cruz. Also giving a very personal contribution is Tito’s son, Tito Puente Junior.