埃德蒙多 · 罗斯（Edmundo Ros）
Edmundo William Ros OBE (born 7 December 1910) is a musician, vocalist, arranger and bandleader. He directed a highly popular latin-american orchestra, had an extensive recording career, and owned one of London'a leading night-clubs.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Ros' mother was a black Venezuelan and his father was of Scottish origin. Edmundo was the eldest of four children: two sisters, Ruby and Eleanor, followed by half-brother Hugo. Ros' parents separated after Hugo was born, and after various false steps he was enrolled into a military academy. There he became interested in music and learned to play the euphonium or bombardin. From 1927 to 1937 his family lived in Caracas, Venezuela. He played in the Venezuelan Military Academy Band as well as being a tympanist in the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. Later he received a music scholarship from the government, under which from 1937 to 1942 he studied harmony, composition and orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music, London. At the same time he was the vocalist and percussionist in Don Marino Baretto’s band at the Embassy Club and also recorded several sides as a sideman to Fats Waller who was visiting London in 1938.
Ros married twice: Britt Johansen in 1950, Susan in 1971. The first marriage produced two cildren, Douglas and Louisa.
In August 1940 he formed his own rumba band, Edmundo Ros and his Rumba band. In 1941 he cut his first tracks, with Parlophone, the first number being Los Hijos de Buda. The group played regularly at the Coconut Grove club in Regent Street, which attracted members of high society. Ros's bands were always based in London night-clubs or restaurants. The first was the Cosmo Club in Wardour Street; then followed the St. Regis Hotel, Cork Street, the Coconut Grove, and the Bagatelle Restaurant. At the Bagatelle, a visit from Princess Elizabeth and party made his name. The future Queen made her first public dance to Edmundo's music. The subsequent newspaper reports made his name.
In 1946, he owned a club, a dance school, a record company and an artist's agency. His band grew to 16 musicians. His number The Wedding Samba, 1949, sold three million 78s. His album Rhythms of The South (1958) was one of the first high-quality LP stereo records; it sold a million copies. He was with Decca records from 1944 to 1974, and altogether he made over 800 recordings.
In 1951, he bought the Coconut Grove on Regent Street and later, in 1964, renamed it Edmundo Ros' Dinner and Supper Club. The club became popular for its atmosphere and music; but it closed in 1965, when legalised casino gambling had milked many of the best customers.
In 1975, during his seventh tour of Japan, the band's Musicians Union shop steward tried to usurp Ros's authority by making arrangements with venues behind his back. Upon their return to the UK, Ros organised a celebratory dinner after a BBC recording session, and announced the disbanding of the orchestra. Moreover, he destroyed almost all of the charts (arrangement sheets), which conclusively ended the orchestra's existence. Ros was only 64 at the time, and no doubt would have continued for years, as did Victor Silvester and Joe Loss, who continued with their dance bands virtually to the end of their lives.
Ros retired and moved to Jávea, Alicante (Spain). On 8 January 8 1994 he gave his last public performance. At the age of 95, in the 2000 New Year's Honours List, Ros was appointed to the Order of the British Empire.
Ros is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Mason, a member of Sprig of Acacia Lodge No 41, Javea, Spain.
1956 - Standards in the Latin Manner
1958 - Perfect For Dancing
1961 - Dance Again
Silk 'n' Latin（Caterina Valente with Edmundo Ros）
Bongos From The South
The New Rhythms Of The South
Rhythms of The South
heading south of the border
[ 本帖最后由 Eric5188 于 2009-11-23 13:59 编辑 ]