Henry Mancini ~ Lujon (Slow Hot Wind) ~ 1959

“Lujon” (also known as “Slow Hot Wind”) is a musical piece by Henry Mancini originally composed for the ’50’s TV series Mr. Lucky. It was included in the soundtracks for the films Hatari!, The Big Lebowski, Sexy Beast, and Two Lovers. Its name comes from the percussion instrument played by Shelley Manne which was named “lujon” as a pun on “John Lewis” of the Modern Jazz Quartet, who commissioned its construction.

Mr. Lucky is a CBS adventure/drama television series that aired from October 24, 1959 to June 18, 1960 with repeats until September 3.
Henry Mancini’s smooth theme music for the show reached Number 21 in the US singles charts. He released two successful LP’s based on the show, Mr. Lucky and Mr. Lucky Goes Latin.


Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel

His gaze
Swept over me
Like a slow hot wind
Some days
It’s too warm to fight
A slow hot wind

There in the shade
Like a cool drink waiting
He sat with slow fire in his eyes
Just waiting

Some days
It’s too warm to fight
A slow hot wind

Lyrics courtesy of http://www.soundtrackfan.com/mancini/lyrics/slowhotwind.htm

“Various-Lujon”, sound recording administered by: SME

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