Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Congratulations Edmundo!



Edmundo Ros OBE was a 100 this month. Born in Trinidad he came to Britain in 1937 to continue his classical studies but popular music became his career. He introduced his Latin American music to London and in the forties and fifties London society, including Princess Elizabeth - our present queen - danced to his orchestra at the Coconut Grove which he later owned.
He was as much a part of London in those days as Big Ben. In 2000 the Queen awarded him an OBE.

10 comments:

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Thanks for that tidbit! I always can use a UK history lesson in the early morning hours.

Guyana-Gyal said...

So...I'm sitting online before I dig into my chores...and the smell of coffee is wafting from next door, the Brazilian neighbours. I click on Pat's blog...and what does she have here...?

[And on Sat. I first saw a Kindle then you write about it...]

You might think I'm lying Pat, but I'm not, honest. Stuff like this happens to me a lot.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh, I used to think they were singing, 'They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brassier."

Ponita in Real Life said...

History and snappy music first thing in the morning!! I love that sound... thanks very much!

Pat said...

UB: always happy to oblige.

GG: I love it when that happens. I do try to be topical occasionally. It would have been good if I had got the actual date of his birthday - about a week ago.
I expect coffee has at some time been found in a brassiere:)

Ponita: he is so evocative of that era. He was a bit of a snob;
you had to have been in Who's who to be allowed in his club.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Three four...

Ta for this Pat!

Pat said...

Kevin: not many of us left.

Kath said...

Great song! I'm dancing at my desk ;-)

"Sunshine" said...

Hi Pat, Thanks for your comment on my blog. Would love to see your cigar box stable. A picture?

Pat said...

Kath: that should bring cheer to the workplace;)

Sunshine: it shall be done.