HANS J. LENGSFELDER (1903 - 1979)
Lyricist, Composer, Writer, Theater Owner
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 Ivy 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, Courtesy of JazzStandards.com).
His most famous contribution to classical music are the German lyrics to Dvorak's Humoresque, op. 101, “Eine kleine Frühlingsweise”, although the Nazis omitted his name from the printed music.