This artist has had a long and diverse career involving acting, releasing his own records, film scores, piano recitals, and conducting. Henri Leca tried to cash in during the late '40s as part of an international mob recording versions of a particular novelty song about indecision in every language imaginable. In English it was "Perhaps, Perhaps," in German "Wer Weiss, Wer Weiss, Wer Weiss." The most popular version was the Spanish "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" -- and as for Leca, it was "Qui Sait, Qui Sait, Qui Sait." Shortly thereafter he had an acting role in Branquignol, shown on international screens as Crazy Show. Leca turned out a pair of film soundtracks in the early '50s, working with directors such as Raoul Andre. While not as innovative in the Muzak field as fellow countryman Erik Satie, Leca showed something of an early perspective on easy listening with the 10" Columbia side entitled Soft Listening. Classical labels provided exposure for this artist in later years, Naxos reissuing a mid-'40s performance of Charles Trenet's Mer conducted by Leca and producing an extended set of his piano interpretations of George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
by Eugene Chadbourne