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

The song was not usually sung with the Ellington band, the exception being Ella Fitzgerald on her 1957 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook. Later, many others recorded the song, including Sarah VaughanDinah WashingtonArt TatumQuincy Jones, the Charlie Parker QuintetDave BrubeckCharles MingusErroll GarnerHarry James,and "Verden Rundt's" All Star Band.

The melody can be heard in Woody Allen's Another Woman from 1988.

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


Over the years the lyrics have contained many variations, as is not unusual for songs of this era.

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