Today in Music History: October 16, 1976
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.
The last novelty song to reach No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 provokes the question - What happened to our sense of fun?
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...