Ask Chris: Disco Dive Lives On As Ghost Sign

A Hollywood dry cleaner hides behind a groovy past

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Q: There’s a strip mall at Santa Monica and Wilton that has a sign for a bar named Disco Duck: Boogiein’ Cocktails. Any insight about its history?

A: Talk about fowl play. Three days after DJ Rick Dees’ dance number “Disco Duck” topped the charts in 1976, an enterprising Angeleno named Ted Butler was awarded a certificate of occupancy to open the tiny club. Much like the genre itself, the operation was gone by the ’80s (it’s now a dry cleaner). Dees is still hunting for another hit: He tells me his latest, “Digital Duck,” drops this summer.

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  • Dan Schreck

    Re: The Disco Duck–Ted Butler was my uncle, (mothers brother) he passed away shortly after opening the Duck. He also owned the Pali Pali on Melrose and the Smog Cutter I believe on Vermont. He was a submarine sailor like his father. He full name is Fisher Butler, not sure where Ted (Teddy came from). Thanks for remembering.
    Dan Schreck
    Murrieta CA