Perdido (song)

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Juan Tizol 1943.jpg
Juan Tizol in 1943
Written1941 (music), 1944 (lyrics)
Composer(s)Juan Tizol
Lyricist(s)Ervin Drake, Hans Lengsfelder

"Perdido" is a jazz standard composed by Juan Tizol that was recorded on December 3, 1941 by Duke Ellington. However, it is the January 21, 1942, recording of the song on the Victor label by the Ellington orchestra, of which Tizol was a member, that is regarded as the original recording.[1] In 1944, Ervin Drake and Hans Lengsfelder were hired to write lyrics for the song.


"Perdido" is Spanish and means lost, but also sloppy or indecent.[2] The song refers to Perdido Street in New Orleans.[3]

Ella Fitzgerald recording[edit]

"Perdido" was not usually sung with the Ellington band, the exception being Ella Fitzgerald on her 1957 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook.

Other recordings[edit]

Many others recorded the song, including:


  1. ^ "Perdido" at
  2. ^ H. J. Schaal Jazz-Standards. p. 395.
  3. ^ Basilio Serrano, "Juan Tizol: His talents, his collaborators, his legacy", Centro Journal 18(2): 83–99 (2006).
  4. ^ "Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Future Sound Shock (1973, Vinyl)".

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