Edmundo Ros (7 December 1910—21 October 2011) was a
Trinidad who helped make
Latin American dance music popular in
London and throughout the
 He ran a series of
nightclubs in the
Soho area of London, and had weekly
radio shows on the
World War II and for many years afterwards. He was regularly featured on BBC television in his show Casa de Salta. He was one of the biggest names in recorded Latin music.
Ros's music featured three main types of music:
Brazilian music and
calypsos. Of these genres, Cuban music was the most varied: it included the
conga, the ballroom
mambo, and the
cha-cha-cha. Ros introduced the Brazilian
samba to England, and it became hugely popular. His Wedding Samba sold three millions copies in 78rpm, for example.
 He was very popular during the 1950s and 60's.
The orchestrations for his band were designed to smooth the rough edges of Latin music. Ros emphasised the
melodic aspects of the music, which he felt was necessary for his audiences. This is something he talked about after his retirement.
He was born in
Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1910. He was brought up in
Venezuela and went to a military college when he was 18. He learned to play the
euphonium and the
drums. He played with the Venezuelan State Opera, and then won a
scholarship to the
Royal College of Music in London.
 He studied to be a
conductor at the college in 1937. To earn extra money he played on recordings by other people, including
Fats Waller, before starting his own band.
During the war he continued with his music, but also worked as an
ambulance driver. After the war he opened the "Edmundo Ros Dinner and Supper Club". He recorded more than 50
albums, the most successful was Rhythms Of the South (Decca 1958), which sold more than a million copies.
He retired to
Spain in 1975, and made no more recordings. He received the
OBE in 2000.
 He died in 2011 at the age of 100.