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December 2, 1918 - April 6, 2015 In 1950, after years of working in radio, Milton Delugg became music director on television's Broadway Open House, often considered the forerunner of The Tonight Show. He worked with many other fine composers, including Frank Loesser. One of his best known compositions is "Orange Colored Sky," remembered as a hit for Nat King Cole. His Hoop-Dee-Doo polka was a smash hit for Perry Como. In 1958 he produced the Buddy Holly hit Rave On! He was music director of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1965-66. Delugg also enjoyed a long association with Chuck Barris, producer of many popular game shows. Delugg remained active as the Music Director of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through 2013. He passed away at home April 6, 2015 at the age of 96. No services at this time. Donations to St. Jude's Hospital. He is survived by two loving sons Michael (Vivien) and Stephen.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2015
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