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Milton Delugg, accomplished accordionist (those two words aren’t seen together often), one-time band leader for The Tonight Show, and former musical director for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, died at the spry age of 96…

…back in April.  

See, Uncle Milty (as he was known) is not the type of guy who shows up in most news feeds.  This is why it’s a good idea to Google the more obscure names in your list.

Delugg (which translates to: The Lugg) worked as band leader at Slapsy Maxie’s in Hollywood.  And, although he enjoyed working for a cartoon character, he quickly moved on.

He popped up in a lot of different places in the pop-culture pantheon.

He was the composer of “Hooray for Santy Claus”, the catchy theme song for the low-budget 1964 motion picture Santa

I know, I'm shocked too... an accordion player in a bow tie?

I know, I’m shocked too… an accordion player in a bow tie?

Claus Conquers the Martians (which I own, if anyone wants to see it).

He co-wrote,”Orange Colored Sky”, which was best remembered as a hit for Nat King Cole.  And, holy shit, is that a great song.  Don’t worry: no accordian.

He was down with the Chuck Barris scene, so he wrote the theme to The Newlywed Game in 1966. He was musical director of The Gong Show (appearing with his “Band With a Thug”).  Delugg’s “Hoop Dee Doo” became a fixture on The Gong Show, and was used whenever the contest winner was chosen.

You know The Gong Show, right?  It was an entire show that was the first part of every American Idol seasons, with the bad acts that you make fun of.

Delugg remained the musical director of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade through 2013.  So, he picked the songs for people to lipsynch.  This is also how he ended up on my radar.

Yes, even I get hits every now and then!  This whopper gives me ten points and elevates me into a tie with Anne for We-have-no-chance-of-winning Place!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

The Girl on Fire: 180 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20, Anne Meara – 20, Denise McCluggage – 20, Bobbi Christina Brown – 80, Frank Gifford – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 150 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90)

Jami: 140 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50, Dick Van Patten – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus: 130 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20, Louise Suggs – 10)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 120 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10, Giacomo Biffi “the Vampire Slayer” – 20, William W. Baum – 20, László Paskai – 20)

Gianna: 90 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70, Vincent Bugliosi – 10)

Nikki: 80 – (Stuart Scott – 60, BB King – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 70 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20, Alex Rocco – 30, Milton Delugg – 10)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Team Sushi: 50 – (Marion Barry – 30, Omar Sharif – 20)

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

Babysitter: 50 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30)

Anne: 30 – (oops, I forgot who Anne had – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

Nathaniel: – 10 – (Christopher Lee – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)


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