Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso, prolific songwriter who penned top salsa hits, died July 5 in Baltimore. He was 77 and had suffered a series of strokes and heart attacks.

Some of his more than 2,000 songs have been featured in such films as Pedro Almodovar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II.”

Other hits include “El Periodico de Ayer,” “Caras Lindas,” “Isadora” (with lead vocal by the late Celia Cruz), “Vale Mas un Guaguanco” (Ruben Blades’ first hit as a vocalist) and “Anacaona” (a comeback hit for Cheo Feliciano).

Native of Guayama, Puerto Rico, studied to be a pharmacist and journalist, but financial constraints led him to work for the postal service, where he stayed even after becoming successful in his 40s with 1968’s “La Tirana,” a hit for La Lupe.

Decade-long royalty and rights disputes led to his music being banned from much of Puerto Rican radio.

His body was to lie in state in Puerto Rico’s capital.

Survivors include wife Hilda; a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and three half-sisters.