TITO PUNTE AND SHEILA E!!!!!!!!!1989

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The Essential Tito Puente:

Tito Puente, Tito Puente & His Orchestra & Tito Puente and His Orchestra - The Essential Tito Puente

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BIO:

During the 1950s, Puente was at the height of his popularity, and helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds, like mambo, son, and cha-cha-cha, to mainstream audiences (he was so successful playing popular Afro-Cuban rhythms that many people mistakenly identify him as Cuban). Dance Mania, possibly Puente’s most well known album was released in 1958.[1] Later, he moved into more diverse sounds, including pop music, bossa nova and others, eventually settling down with a fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres that became known as “salsa” (a term that he disliked). In 1979 Puente won the first of five Grammy Awards for the albums A Tribute to Benny Moré, On Broadway, Mambo Diablo, and Goza Mi Timbal. In 1990, Puente was awarded the “James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.” He was also awarded a Grammy at the first Latin Grammy Awards, winning Best Traditional Tropical Album for Mambo Birdland. He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. After a heart attack following a show in Puerto Rico, Puente had heart surgery in New York City, from which he never recovered. He died on May 31, 2000, just a few months after shooting for the music video Calle 54, in which Puente was wearing all-white outfit with his band.

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Portrait of a Drum Master:

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Sheila E: THE GLAMOROUS LIFE

Sheila E - The Glamorous Life

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BIO:

The story goes[citation needed] Prince met Sheila performing at a concert with her father in the early 80s and was thoroughly impressed by her talent. After the show he met her and prophetically vowed that one day she would join his band. The two would eventually join forces during the Purple Rain recording sessions. Though taken under Prince’s wing, she proved to be a successful artist in her own right. In 1984 she scored hits with “The Glamorous Life” (Hot 100 #7, and regarded as something of an ’80s classic), “The Belle Of St. Mark” (#34) and “A Love Bizarre” (#11). Sheila E. was nominated for American Music Awards and Grammys for “The Glamorous Life,” and opened for Prince on his wildly successful Purple Rain Tour in 1984–85. Sheila recorded three albums during the ’80s, The Glamorous Life, Romance 1600, and Sheila E. She appeared in three films, Krush Groove with Run-DMC, LL Cool J and Blair Underwood in 1985, Prince’s concert film, Sign ‘O’ the Times in 1987 and Chasing Papi in 2003. And, she is well-known for her co-vocals with Prince (musician) on his most famous B-side single, “Erotic City,” from 1984.

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Happy Beautiful Drummer

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~ by Dudegotchops on October 23, 2007.

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