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Hans Jan Lengsfelder

Harry Lenk

Lyricist, Composer, Writer, Theater Owner

(1903 - 1979)

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Hans Jan Lengsfelder was born in Vienna, Austria, and moved to the United States in 1932. Sometimes using the pseudonym Harry Lenk, Lengsfelder is best known for co-writing the lyrics for Juan Tizol’s “Perdido” with composer-lyricist Ervin Drake.

Lengsfelder, Drake, and Paul James McGrane also wrote “Hayfoot, Strawfoot” (1942) which was introduced by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with Ivie Anderson (vocal), and “There’s a Big Blue Cloud (Next to Heaven)” (1951), which became a hit for Perry Como. Lengsfelder’s other work as a composer is mostly forgettable, including such novelty tunes as “Susie on the Sewing Machine” and “Pound Your Table Polka.”

Lengsfelder wrote dozens of plays and operettas that were produced in Europe. He started his own theater company, Your Theater, Inc., in the United States, which was responsible for the Broadway production Heads or Tails (1947).

- Jeremy Wilson

Thru My Eyes

Michel Camilo (Includes "Perdido")

Berkshire Blues

Lennie McBrowne, Vishnu Bill Wood, Randy Weston (Includes "Perdido")

Los Ritmos Calientes

Cal Tjader (Includes "Perdido")


Frank Morgan (Includes "Perdido")

I Got It Good and That Ain't Bad

Duke Ellington/Ivie Anderson (Includes "Hayfoot, Strawfoot")
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