The famous lyricist of “Moonglow” and “String of Pearls,” DeLange was born in Long Island, New York. In the early ’30s, he became well known as the front man for the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, a joint venture with composer/arranger Will Hudson. DeLange’s Hollywood career began as a bit player and stuntman. As a lyricist he wrote for everyone from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong to Nat “King” Cole, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. During one 41-week run between 1937 and 1939, there was at least one Eddie DeLange song at the top of radio’s Your Hit Parade, each week but one. With Chaplin and Meredith Willson, he added the lyrics to “Falling Star,” a song based on a melody from THE GREAT DICTATOR.
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