About the Group
The name, Iowa Cornhuskers, rapidly became a byword for
entertainment pleasure throughout the entire Midwest.
This versatile ensemble was organized back around 1933
by the late Les Hartmann.
The group played the most popular midwest area
dance spots in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
The Iowa Cornhuskers had the talents to to play, "Old Time,"
"Western Swing" and "modern dance" music with equal grace and
it enabled them to gain a large urban as well as rural fan
base. The band also performed for a time on radio
station KXEL out of Waterloo, Iowa, where they were said to be
When the group's found Les Hartmann passed away, the leadership
and management of the group was taken over by two long-time
members, Ernie Lenk and Justin Perkins.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included(as of April 1953):
- Les Hartmann, founder
- Ernie Lenk
- Justin Perkins
- Bobbie Andrews
- Lee Anderson
- Duane Bodermann
- Bob Langhurst
- Amy Armstrong
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup #22, April 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.