7 December 1910, Port of Spain, Trinidad. The leader of one of the most popular - if not the most popular - Latin American band in the UK for many years, spent his early life in Venezuela, before attending the Military Academy at Caracas, where, via the Academys band, he became interested in music and learned to play the euphonium or bombardin. Despite harbouring ambitions to study criminal law, he travelled to the UK in 1937 and studied composition and harmony at the Royal Academy of Music. Although he recorded with jazzman Fats Waller in 1938, Ros mainly sang and served as a percussionist with various Latin-styled bands, including one led by pianist Don Marino Barretto. He formed his own five-piece unit, Rumba With Ros, in 1940, and for the next 35 years, played and recorded with groups such as Ros Rumba Romeos, his Rumba Band, and Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra. After making his London debut at the New Cosmos Club and St. Regis Hotel, he...
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