Delugg was one of countless composers to jump on the spy craze bandwagon with his cover version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. theme.
If you never heard of Milton Delugg, don't feel bad. While movie lovers extoll the virtues of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, John Barry, Lalo Schifrin and many other composers, ol' Milt remains the Rodney Dangerfield of 1960s pop music - he don't get no respect. However, Delugg was an eclectic and very talented man who not only composed music for hit game shows like Beat the Clock and The Newlywed Game, but also served as band leader for the 1966 season of The Tonight Show in between the Skitch Henderson and Doc Severinsen eras. In the 1960s he recorded numerous pop culture albums ranging from hot-selling cover versions of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to tunes inspired by the Boris Karloff tribute The Monster Mash. Perhaps most notably, he composed the theme songs from several abysmal children's matinee films for producer K. Gordon Murray. If Delugg never accomplished anything else, his immortal song Hooray for Santa Claus from Santa Claus Conquers the Martians would immortalize him in The Kitsch Hall of Fame. The web site for radio station WFMU provides a fascinating and in-depth look at Delugg's career complete with downloadable links to his greatest hits. To read click here
Delugg's theme for the bad movie classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians remains popular with a new generation.