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Mambo by Mail

Mambo by Mail

Playing tracks by

Tito Puente.

The post office will be delivering mambo by mail starting March 16, when a stamp honoring Tito Puente becomes available at you local p.o. and (Part of a Latin Music series that includes Celia Cruz, Selena, Carlos Gardel and Carmen Miranda).

Even though the stamp doesn't show Tito with his tongue hanging out, the way it did when he played timbales, I pre-ordered my stamps, and while I'm waiting to jazz up my rent check envelopes with them, I put together this mix of some of my fave Tito Puente classics, together with his lesser known soul grooves (check out "Black Brothers") and social commentary/comedy ("Los Hermanos Pinzon" sticks it to the Spanish conquistadores, hilariously).

Fitting that the stamps honoring these timeless tracks are "Forever" stamps. A gozar!