BELOW: This is the song that launched the career of Memphis DJ Rick Dees in 1976, during the second half of the upswing of the “Me” that zenithed in 1983 during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the world leader who spoke to other world leaders as though they were his bitch: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” That’s just how we act in a “Me.” Know who was president at the zenith of the previous “Me”? Teddy YeeHaw! San Juan Hill Roosevelt, another of America’s favorite leaders. Disco Duck became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in October, 1976 and ranked #99 out of the 100 most popular songs of the year according to Billboard magazine.
Dees later landed in Los Angeles making a million dollars a month doing morning drive at that city’s legendary KISS-FM. He was replaced by Ryan Seacrest in 2004, just a few months after the 2003 tipping point into our current “We.”