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Milton DeLugg
Milton DeLugg (born December 2, 1918 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer and arranger. A talented accordionist, he appeared in short Soundies musicals and occasional movies (like 1949's Jolson Sings Again). He quickly became a successful arranger and composer. His clients ranged from the American Junior Miss Pageant to Jackie Wilson, and he was a musician on such radio programs as The Abe Burrows Show. One of his best-known tunes is an arrangement of the song "The Happy Wanderer", and his brassy polka "Hoop Dee Doo" became a game-show staple. He is also the composer of "Hooray for Santy Claus," the catchy theme song for the low-budget motion picture Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. In 1950 and 1951, DeLugg was musical director, bandleader, and accordionist on Broadway Open House an NBC late-night television program which has been considered a forerunner to the Tonight Show. He often played a song he co-wrote, titled, "Orange Colored Sky," which was best remembered as a hit for Nat King Cole. In 1953, he played accordion leading the Milton DeLugg Trio on the short-lived Bill Cullen Show. In 1958 Milton DeLugg produced Buddy Holly's famous record, "Rave On."

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