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Howdy, Kittens & Dawg! It’s great seeing you on the dance floor but before we begin boogieing, let me recap last week’s BoTB and if you missed it then you can click on Angel in…Venus in… & Forever in… Blue Jean song showdown to catch up. After listening to all three songs for myself, I decided to go with Angel in Blue Jeans making the final tally…
Angel (Train) – 5
Venus (Barry Mann) – 4
Forever (Jason Castro) -2
I thought it was going to be a stall with no winner until the vote was broken on Friday between Train and Mann. So, Thank you, Michele!
2018 BoTB Round 2 winner is….Train!
Alrighty, now let’s slip on our blue suede shoes for “freebie” week on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me. That’s right, it’s your choice, so have fun!
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Warning! Warning! This is gonna be a long one. So, unwind and enjoy! The last time we had freebie week, I shared 1975-1976 #1 One-Hit Wonders. You may recall, Disco Duck, was on that list and if not, then now you know the source of my inspiration.
#1 US pop charts for 10-weeks in 1976; also appeared in Saturday Night Fever movie and soundtrack (1977) as did Dr. Disco.
I vividly remember it and whoever said if you remember the 70s you weren’t really there is just crazy because I was definitely there! Last year, I started the Whatever Happened to series and I intended doing a feature on Rick Dees, so this sat in draft for days…weeks…and months. So, now is the time to dust this piece off and put it out there for y’all to enjoy.
Ricky Dees is a radio personality raised in Greensboro, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel HIll where he got a B.A. in motion pictures, television, and radio. He started his radio career in Memphis, Tennessee at WMPS in 1968.
It’s funny during the height of the Disco Duck no one in Memphis played Dees song for fearing of prompting his station WMPS and they didn’t play it, either. Dees announced while on air that his song was almost #1 and his station wouldn’t allow him to play it. He got fired over his on-the-air comment. They said Dees song was a conflict of interest for the station and that’s why they wouldn’t allow him to play it. Maybe it was a conflict of interest for Dees but I think it would’ve helped WMPS a lot. Could not another DJ at the station played it? Disco Duck is a fun novelty song that got me to the dance floor when I was a teen and it brings a huge smile to my face every. time. I hear it.
In 1979, Dees wrote and performed the title song for the movie, Meatballs, (listen below) but we didn’t see the film until years later so this was fascinating to learn.
More tunes cataloged… the only one available on YouTube is Hurt Me Baby Make Me Write Bad Checks (1983) and the others I found available for purchase The Put It Where the Moon Don’t Shine (1984) – Discogs , I’m Not Crazy (1985) – Discogs, Rick Dees’ Greatest Hit (The White Album) – Discogs, and Spousal Arousal (1996) – Ebay. I wish I could’ve found an internet file for each to share with you but at best you can buy these from the various sources mentioned.
Dees took to the open road on a short concert tour billed as Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots from Disney World to New York. After Dees’ WMPS non-compete clause satisfied, he picked up another gig at another station in Memphis RKO Radio to do the morning spot on WHBQ AM 560. Pruitt moved away before Disco Duck exploded and didn’t go on tour. Instead, Dees used Michael Chesney, a guy who did earlier comic voices for him on his radio show. The stuff that builds careers followed Dees after the tour. The success of Dees radio presence in Memphis, TV guest appearances, and hit music motivated the owner of RKO to offer him the morning show at 93KHJ AM in Los Angeles. Dees boosted ratings for the new station but by this time FM radio broadcasting pushed AM radio out the door.
In 1981, Dees took another morning spot with KIIS-FM turning it into a #1 revenue generating radio station in America, with an asset value approaching half a billion dollars. Dees garnered many accolades, including Billboard Radio Personality of the Year for ten years in a row.
Dees has a bit of history in front of the camera. On the boob tube, he hosted his own ABC late-night show, Into the Night Starring Rick Dees, in the early 90s which got cancelled after one season because of low ratings. He made guest appearances on Roseanne, Married with Children, Cheers, and Diagnosis: Murder to name just a few but what I remember him mostly for is his host spot one Solid Gold. What I didn’t know was he did some animated character voice overs for The Flintstones (Rock Dees) and Jetsons: The Movie (Rocket Rick). On the big screen, he had a small role in LaBamba as LA DJ, Ted Quillin.
Rick Dees kicked off his current radio gig with the Weekly Top 40 Countdown in 1983, a syndicated program heard in more than 200 cities worldwide and the Armed Forces Network. Don’t ya just love a patriotic guy? Did you know DH was DJ for a summer? True, true. The girls loved him. He even had one gal invite him away for the weekend. He was only 17 at the time. lol
Anywho, Dees is a very interesting person and I stumbled on famouspeople.com to learn these facts about his life away from radio.
- Businessman & entrepreneur. Fine Living Network (lifestyle cable/TV network) co-founder, as well as founder of The Dees Digital Network (DDN).
- He raises crops and cattle in central Kentucky. He loves water skiing and golf. Plus, he knows his way around a kitchen with a fetish for chocolate pastries. No, not as a connoisseur but a chef. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
- Dees serves in the Christian organization, Young Life, and is a Boy Scouts of America member earning his Eagle Scout rank when he was 15. He was actually honored by the Scouts with The Americanism Award, and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award last month. Cool, right?
- Lives in LA with wife, Julie McWhirter, a comedienne/impressionist. They have a son, Kevin, co-host of the Weekly Top 40 show with pops.
I don’t have the radio tuned in unless in the car even then I just let DH put it where ever he wants it. It’s been years since I’ve listened to Rick on the radio, so I thought I’d share his December 10th YouTube show with ya found on YouTube.
Having a rockin’ good day. I hope you’ll return tomorrow for more fun with another issue of “Get to Know Me 2018” with Cathy Chats!