Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas

If you you grew up in the late 1970’s, then you heard of this song and it’s singer. In Kung Fu Fighting Carl DouglasI’ll be typing about both.

Carlton George Douglas (birthed 10 May 1942), also recognized by his stage name Carl Douglas, is a Jamaican recording musician that is best known for the 1974 Disco single KungFu Fighting.

Birth Name

Carlton George Douglas


10 May 1942 (age 77).

Kingston, Jamaica.







Years Active

1961 Present.


Pye, 20th Century.


carl-douglas. com

Early Life

Douglas was born as Carlton George Douglas on 10 May 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaican parents. After his grandmother died, his family moved to the UK. He spent his childhood years in England playing football, and vocal training. In his youth he developed an interest for jazz music (mentioning Sam Cooke as well as Otis Redding as his biggest influences) and also a trained tenor voice, which he would certainly display in church singing various religious songs.

Career Life

Douglas‘s career was based in the UK. His single Kung Fu Fighting ranked number one on both the U.K. Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The single sold 11 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The single was later on certified gold by the RIAA on 27 November 1974.
The single, which is a tribute to martial arts filmshas actually overshadowed the rest of Douglas‘s career, as well as has resulted in his appearance on other musicians versions of the song. In the USA, Douglas is considered a one-hit wonder, considering that he is just known for Kung Fu Fighting and also the follow-up Dance the Kung Fu did not crack the Top 40. However, in the UK, two of his other singles made it into the Top 40: Dance the Kung Fu, which peaked at number 35 in the charts, and Run Back, which peaked at number 25.

Douglas was once managed by Eric Woolfson, that later on became the primary songwriter behind The Alan Parsons Project.

In 1998, a re-recording of Kung Fu Fighting, performed by British dance act Bus Stop as well as which included Douglas‘s vocals, peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart.
The single Dance The Kung Fu, was sampled on Cuda nie widy from 2001 album Nibylandia, and also later on by DJ Premier on his 2007 remix of Nike‘s 25th Air Force One anniversary single Classic (Better Than I‘ve Ever Been), including Kanye West, Nas, KRS-Oneand Rakim.

Douglas is represented by music publisher Schacht Musikverlage (SMV) in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2008, CeeLo Green covered Kung-Fu Fighting for the soundtrack of Kung Fu Panda.



Year Title.

1974 Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs.

1977 Love Peace and Happiness.

1978 Keep Pleasing Me.


Year Title.

1964 Crazy Feeling (with The Big Stampede).

1968 Serving A Sentence Of Life.

1969 Eeny Meeny.

1972 Somebody Stop This Madness .

1974 Kung Fu Fighting.

1974 Dance The Kung Fu .

1974 Blue Eyed Soul.

1977 Shanghai.

1977 Run Back.

1998 Kung Fu Fighting (re-issue with Bus Stop).


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