His fans range from celebrities such as Bill Cosby, to young Japanese students who watch him avidly when he is in Japan or at the Blue Note. His recordings range from collector's items classics to cutting edge hits.
His arrangements are sought after globally. His inspiration is boundless. To promoters, a Tito Puente booking is an sure sell-out. To dancers, he is a guaranteed workout. To music lovers, he is the master. He began dancing in contests with his sister when he was only five years old. He was later known as a musical child prodigy as a young boy , growing up in "El Barrio" (East Harlem). He went through the Army, studied at Julliard and was named the King of Latin Music when he beat out the Mambo King Perez Prado in a public contest of bands. He has collaborated and cultivated some of the best singers and musicians of Latin music. He has accompanied Gloria Estefan at the 1994 Grammy Awards. And his Scholarship Fund for talented young people has grown into a critical gift for students as well as a major concert event which in 1994 was performed at the Apollo Theater in a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauzii and Muchito.