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WBAI Radio Celebrates Tito Puente
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Reynaldo Jorge, Luis Orbegoso, Little Johnny Rivero, Jimmy Delgado,
Sonny Bravo, Jose Mangual, Jr. (kneeling), George Delgado
and Nicky Marerro

On Sunday, June 03, 2001, WBAI 99.5 FM, a non-commercial radio station in New York City, held a tribute to commemorate the first year anniversary of the passing of Tito Puente.

Nancy Rodriguez assembled an all-star line-up of musicians to honor the memory of Tito Puente. Those who participated included Little Johnny Rivero, Jimmy Delgado, Nicky Marerro, Reynaldo Jorge, Luis Orbegoso, Willie Villegas, Sonny Bravo, George Delgado, Jose Mangual, Jr., and Abbey Navarez.

Tito Puente, known as the "King of Latin Music", was responsible for making timbales a solo instrument in Latin music. Though Tito is no longer with us, his music will live on in the hearts of music fans all over the world.

A photo gallery of this tribute to a legend and his music is available at, along with some audio samples of the music.

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