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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just duckie!

Today in Music History: October 16, 1976

The 70s were indeed Groovy Times with a lot of us today feeling Stuck in the 70s. Remembering the 70s holds memories of the mads, glads and the fads, as well as the Sound of Soul. Today's step back in time takes you to the 70s era of Disco: Hear it. See it. Relive it.

 
Rigdon Osmond Dees III was a disc jockey at WMPS-AM in Memphis, TN taking straightforward phone calls, telling a few jokes between records, entertaining the public. The year was 1976 amid the disco dancing craze. Being inspired by Jackie Lee’s 1965 hit ‘The Duck’, Dees decided to record a disco parody adding background music overladen with a chorus that owed much to the spirit of cartoon character Donald Duck.
At a time when disco records were the rage, the novelty ‘Disco Duck (Part One)’ insinuated its way into public consciousness and hit the top of the US charts. Dees attempted a follow-up, ‘Dis-Gorilla’, inspired by the movie King Kong, but won only minimal chart success. 
After a belated final hit with the comic ‘Eat My Shorts’/‘Get Nekked’ in 1984 (sorry no video available on youtube), Dees wisely concentrated on his broadcasting activities and has since become one of the most popular broadcasters in American radio history. 

The last novelty song to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 provokes the question - What happened to our sense of fun?

https://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/rick-dees-1976-novelty-hit-disco-duck/






And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...