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Charlie Palmieri

Charlie Palmieri
The 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.

Known 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.

Although 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."

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