Surely, if you opened your google browser, you may have noticed that this has a very happy, colorful and salsa Doodle, in honor of the American musician of Puerto Rican origin Ernesto Antonio Puente, better known as Tito Puente.
Very adhoc to Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated throughout the United States in October, Google came to remind us of the cultural legacy that Tito Puente left, not only in the country but throughout the world, with his compositions where percussion reigns.
The Google Doodle is an animated video that tells us about illustrations made by the artist Carlos Aponte and set to music with a theme by this artist, the life of one of the most famous and well-remembered musicians with Hispanic roots.
Who was Tito Puente, the musician to whom Google dedicates a Doodle?
Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923 at the Harlem Hospital Center in Spanish Harlem, in New York City and was the son of 2 Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, who moved to the «Big Apple» in search of a better life.
Those who knew Tito say that since he was a child he felt a great passion for music and composition, a talent that he forged with any object or utensil found at home, later becoming the drummer for groups like «Happy Boys» and «Machito’s Orchestra.» Federico Pagani.
He decided to enlist in the US Navy during World War II. In those years, he played the alto saxophone as the leader of the ship’s band, along with 10 other instruments.
At the end of the war, Tito Puente returned to the US to finish his studies at the Juilliard School of Music and in 1948 he decided to form his own band which he called «Tito Puente Orchestra», which became a success. .
Soon, he was dubbed «The King of Latin Music»; He began to have presentations on public stages and decided to mix elements of the big band with jazz harmonies and Afro-Cuban music, which ended up catapulting his success. He recorded over 118 albums and is credited with at least a dozen other albums.
One of his greatest hits is called “Kan Kan”, which was his first professional recording and which Google chose to set this interactive Doodle to music.
In the 1960s he became one of the leading exponents of Latin music in the US and at the end of the decade he was awarded the key to New York City for his contribution to popular culture.
He was always concerned about creating opportunities for the Hispanic community settled in the country to have a better life, which is why in 1979 he founded a scholarship fund to support musicians with Latin roots, which he supported for more than 20 years.
Tito Puente’s life came to an end on May 31, 2000, at the age of 77, in New York, due to a myocardial infarction.
After his death, various posthumous awards were given to him, granting him some Latin Grammy Awards and the street in Harlem where he was born, E. 110th Street, was named Tito Puente Way in honor of the musician.
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