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Tite Curet Alonso

Tite Curet Alonso - Latin music composer

Tite Curet Alonso has no peer in Latin music when it comes to the sheer volume of songs composed which have gone on to become mainstays in the genre. He covered all the styles from salsa, boleros, folk, Spanish trio music, popular, and the Puerto Rican African roots rhythms of bomba and plena.

Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso, was born on 12 Febuary 1926 in the Barrio Hoyo Inglés in the city of Guayama and raised in the Barrio Obrero section of Santurce. His father was a Spanish teacher and a musician with the orchestra of Simón Madera.

In 1968 he began his career as a professional songwriter with the song La Tirana, a tune recorded by Lupe Victoria Yoli, better known “La Lupe”. La Lupe brought international fame to the song and Curet went on to become an internationally respected composer, musicologist, and journalist.

He continued writing romantic themes and dance tunes that would be recorded a who’s-who of Latin American artists such as the Fania All-Stars, Tito Rodriguez, Olga Guillot, Chucho Avellanet, Lucesita Benitez, Elena Burke, Cheo Feliciano, Rafael Cortijo, Ismael Miranda, Roberto Llanes, Ismael Rivera, Miguilito Valdes, Jose Luis Monero, Joe Valle, Sophy, Danny Rivera, Vicentico Valdes, Tommy Olivencia, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, and Frankie Ruiz.

Curet Alonso’s music has won countless awards at international music festivals in countries like Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Paraguay and he has gained recognition as Puerto Rico’s best composer. He was named best Latin American composer for two consecutive years by the Record World Magazine, but perhaps most telling is the sheer popularity among so many great performers and music fans of all age groups.

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