photo shows Dr. Sanchez Acosta and Charlie
Palmieri in an office Charlie shared with
Tito Puente on Broadway in midtown New York
in the 1970s.
as "El Gigante de las Blancas y las Negras"--the
giant of the white and black (keys), the keyboard--Charlie
was a bandleader, arranger, composer, and producer.
Born in 1927 in New York City, he studied at the
Julliard School of Music. In 1948 Charlie started
the group El Conjunto Pin Pin and subsequently
worked with Tito
Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Victor Paz, Jimmy
Sabataer, and Mario Rivera.
he suffered bouts of bad health, Palmieri stayed
at the forefront of popular developments in Latin
Music from the 1960s through the 1980s, performing
on piano, organ, marimba, and percussion on over
twenty of his own recordings, many released after
his death in the late 1980s. His songs appear
on many albums, including Cal Tjader's "Primo."