Eddie DeLange

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Eddie DeLange (15 January 1904 - 15 July 1949) was an American bandleader and lyricist. Famous artists who recorded some of DeLange's songs include Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman.

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DeLange was born in Long Island, New York. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. He became a stunt man in twenty-four comedies produced by Universal Studios, often for Reginald Denny (actor).

DeLange went back to New York in 1932, earning a contract with Irving Mills. He had several hits in his first year, including "Moonglow."

He and composer Will Hudson formed the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra in 1935. The Orchestra recorded many of their collaborative songs and did many road shows as well. Hudson and DeLange's partnership dissolved in 1938, but DeLange created a new band that played on several tours. He formed a new partnership with another composer, Jimmy Van Heusen, and together they produced a large number of hits, like Darn That Dream.

DeLange married Marge Lohden, a model, in 1943. He moved with her to Los Angeles, and there lived the rest of his life writing music for motion pictures.

Eddie DeLange died in Los Angeles, California on 15 July 1949.

The National Academy of Popular Music’s Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted him into their ranks in 1989.

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