HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S–‘DISCO DUCK”- RICK DEES AND HIS CAST OF IDIOTS

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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.

 

 

17 responses to “HAN’S WORST HITS OF THE 70’S–‘DISCO DUCK”- RICK DEES AND HIS CAST OF IDIOTS

  1. I was on a cruise last year and one of the shows was the stage version of Saturday Night Fever. They left out a few iconic songs but added this and gave it a whole unnecessary full-cast dance in the middle of the show.

  2. Well it *does* have a disco beat to it, so I’m sure the clubs played it later in the night when everyone is acting a fool. Probably wedding receptions also. Wasn’t this also around the time all of those trucker songs came out. They are stored in the same cache in my brain lol.

  3. This wasn’t played very much in my town, but It was always fun when it did come on the radio. The story about the song not getting airplay in Dees’ town, and then his firing seems bizarre.

    • It is certainly a song I’ve only heard say on a American Top 40 replay of that time.. you never or at least I haven’t heard it on the radio in 40 years otherwise. Terrible stuff.

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