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“.
Carlton George Douglas
10 May 1942 (age 77).
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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.
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 films, has 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-One, and 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.
1974 Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs.
1977 Love Peace and Happiness.
1978 Keep Pleasing Me.
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 “Run Back“.
1998 “Kung Fu Fighting“ (re-issue with Bus Stop).