Before becoming one of the dominant voices on the Los Angeles morning airwaves for two decades, Rick Dees enjoyed a huge recording success with the 1976 single “Disco Duck.” The novelty record, inspired by the 1965 record “The Duck” by Los Angeles R&B singer Jackie Lee, sold 4 million copies and gave Dees high name recognition when he started the morning show at KIIS-FM in 1981. He left the Top 40 station in a contract dispute in 2004 and was replaced by Ryan Seacrest.
Dees also released several comedy albums, earning a Grammy nomination for “Hurt Me Baby — Make Me Write Bad Checks.”
His movie work includes the role of L.A. radio jock Ted Quillan in “La Bamba,” and on television he hosted ABC’s ”Into the Night With Rick Dees” in the early '90s and had guest appearances on several sitcoms.
Dees cofounded the Fine Living lifestyle cable and satellite network, oversees various digital outlets and hosts the syndicated countdown “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.”