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Iowa Cornhuskers

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 extremely popular.

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. Derby, CT.

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