Edmundo William Ros (* 1910-12-07 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) is a musician, vocalist and band leader. Some call him the "King of Latin American Music". He's known in and outside Central and North America for his latin american music between popular and traditional music.
His mother was a black Venezuelanian; his father is Scotch. 1927 to 1937 his family lived in Caracas, Venezuela. He played in a Military band for four years. Later, he received a music scholarshop by the government. In June 1937, he moved to London, Great Britain to study Classical music at the Royal Academy of Music which he resigned soon to play popular music again.
In 1939, he formed his own Rhumba-Band. In 1941, he finally got famous with the track Los Hijos de Buda and resided in the noble Coconut Grove in der Regent Street. He got in contact with the high society quickly.
In 1946, he turned out to be a business man with a club, a dance school, a record company and an artist's agency. His band grew to 16 musicians. His album The Wedding Samba has been sold three million copies in 1949.
In 1951, he bought the club Coconut Grove and renamed it Edmundo Ros' Dinner and Supper Club . The club became popular for its atmosphere and the music; it closed in 1965. From 1964 to 1968 he was the owner of the internationally known and very exclusive Edmundo Ros Club at Regent Street.
His albumRhythms Of The South (1957) is one of the first LP records in stereo quality.
On January 8th, 1994 he did his last public performance. From 1944 to 1974 he stayed with the label Decca.
His most famous albums:
- Edmundo Ros And His Rumba Band, 1939-1941, LP
- Tropical Magic, 1942-1944, LP
- Cuban Love Song, 1945, LP
- On Broadway, LP
- Show Boat/Porgy & Bess, LP
- Ros at the Opera
- Broadway goes Latin
- Rhythms of the South
- Latin Carnival
- New Rhythms of The South
- Latin Boss...Se˝or Ros
- Latin Hits I Missed
- Strings Latino!
- Hair Goes Latin
- Heading South of the Border
- The Latin King
- This is My World
- Caribbean Ros
- Sunshine and OlÚ!
- Give My Regards to Broadway
- Doin' the Samba, CD
- Rhythms of the South/New Rhythms of the South, CD
- Good! Good! Good! CD
- Strings Latino/Latin Hits I Missed CD
- That Latin Sound
- Wedding Samba
- Cancion Cubana
- Mambo Jambo, Naxos, CD
- The Wedding Samba (▄berarbeitung des jiddischen Liedes Nayer Sher)
His most famous track was "Melodie d' amour".