DeLugg has had a fascinating career. (An interview with DeLugg—who starred on many programs during the era of early television—is featured in my book.) He was the co-writer (with Willie Stein) of the song “Orange Colored Sky,” a hit record in 1950 for Nat King Cole. With Frank Loesser, he wrote 1950’s “Hoop-Dee-Doo,” recorded by Perry Como. He was the orchestra leader on early television's first late-night hit show, Broadway Open House, in the 1960s was the musical director, for a time, on The Tonight Show, and later was the bandleader on The Gong Show. He has, through the years, been a prominent music producer and arranger, and he continues to serve as musical director of New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
My mother and DeLugg worked together in the fall of 1952, on Breakfast with Music, a local, five-morning-a-week New York TV show, which starred Morey Amsterdam. DeLugg was the show’s musical director.
To listen to Wednesday night’s interview with Milton DeLugg, please go to: http://shokusradio.com/