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EDMUNDO ROS Y SU ORQUESTA - Maria Dolores (1951)

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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2009

RECORDED IN 1951. 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.[2] At the same time he was the vocalist and percussionist in Don Marino Barettos band at the Embassy Club and also recorded several sides as a sideman to Fats Waller who was visiting London in 1938.

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