Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s today- “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots. Certainly this is a selection we can all agree on right? Can anyone come to the defense of this novelty single which went to #1 in the fall of 1976? The novelty had to have worse off at least after two listens and it became annoying?
Rick Dees at the time was a DJ in Memphis. The song wasn’t played by any radio station in Memphis for two reasons- his own station WMPS-AM forbid him from playing it on his own show- and of course rival radio stations weren’t going to play it in fears of promoting the competition. Dees was fired from his station when he mentioned that the single was close to being #1. Dees by the way didn’t do the duck sounds on the record. He would get another job in Memphis after being fired by WMPS-AM.
Disco Duck would of course be Rick Dees only hit. I am sure at the time they came up with this they had no idea if anyone would like it or even play it but a lot of people must have liked it at the time for it to get to #1. Dees would go on to bigger and better things on the radio side of the industry including starting his own Weekly Top 40 program which he did until 2004.