December 2, 1918 – April 6, 2015
Accordionist, composer and band leader Milton DeLugg died April 6th at the age of 86. DeLugg achieved some prominence on TV in the 1950s and 60s. In 1966 he was musical director of The
Johnny Carson Show. He was with Matty Malneck combo in the late 1930s and in several movies as capable but goofy-acting accordionist. After military service in World War II where he served in the Radio Production Unit of the United States Army Air Force,he led a combo on the west coast. He arranged and conducted the Abe Burrows radio show, and later, Joseph Levine films and recordings, night club revues and Broadway shows. He worked with Frankie Laine in the 1940s. DeLugg is very well known as the composer of the songs, Hoop-Dee-Doo, Orange Colored Sky, Shanghai, Be My Life's Companion, Just Another Polka . He also composed Roller Coaster, recorded by Henri Rene Orchestra, which was used as the closing theme for the popular panel show What's My Line. Delugg remained active in the industry through 2013.
Orange Colored Sky - Nat King Cole & Stan Kenton
Hoop-Dee-Doo - Doris Day
Henri René & His Orchestra - Roller Coaster