At the zenith of his musical career in the 30s and 40s, Eddie DeLange was known for his dual success, both as lyric writer and as bandleader. In the opening years of the 30s, he became well known as the front man for one of the earliest bands associates with the swing era, the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra, a joint venture with composer/arranger, Will Hudson. In fact, among their very first collaborations was one of the most memorable songs of the day, "Moonglow".
During a three-year period of the mid-30s, the band played more than 200 ballroom dates throughout New England and the Midwest, and also appeared on various occasions in the Terrace Room of the old New Yorker Hotel, which later became one of the earliest showcases for the Benny Goodman Orchestra.
Born in Long Island, New York, in 1904 to a playwright/lyricist father and a mother who performed in Broadway musicals, DeLange attended the University of Pennsylvania, later taking graduate work in Hollywood's school of hard knocks as a bit player and stuntman. Lyric writing, however, had always been one of his obsessions, and while working in California, he continued honing his writing skills. In 1932, he returned to New York with over 100 lyrics in hand.
One of those song lyrics, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" won him a contract with music publishing powerhouse, Irving Mills, for whom he spun out successful lyrics for what were to become some of the classic American standards. He put words to Duke Ellington's "Solitude," and wrote "Haunting Me," with Josef Myrow and "I Wish That I Were Twins," with Frank Loesser…