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The ABCs of Dees

  • Dees started his radio career while still in high school at Greensboro, N.C., station WGBG. The first song played on Dees’ inaugural broadcast: “Gentle on My Mind” by Glen Campbell.

  • Dees says the first record he ever bought was “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown.

  • Dees’ novelty single “Disco Duck” held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard singles charts for two months in 1976, eventually selling 6 million copies.

  • During the height of “Disco Duck’s” popularity, Dees was fired from WMPS, Memphis, for mentioning the song on-air.

  • Prior to the Ryan Seacrest brouhaha, the longest Dees had been off-air was a mandatory 45-day hiatus in 1976, following his firing from WMPS. Dees took a position at a rival station immediately afterward.

  • In addition to a number of short-lived TV talkshows, Dees has played himself on “Married … With Children,” “The Brady Bunch” and others. In “La Bamba,” he played legendary deejay Ted Quillin.

  • Billboard named Dees “radio personality of the year” 15 consecutive times.

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