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Carl Douglas

The one-hit wonder behind the disco novelty smash "Kung Fu Fighting," Carl Douglas was also the first Jamaican-born artist to score a number one single in the United States. Douglas was raised in both California and Jamaica, and eventually moved to England to study sound engineering. In 1964, he formed a group called the Big Stampede, which released a couple of U.K. singles; two years later, he formed the Explosions while living in Spain. Upon returning to England, Douglas teamed up with a band called Gonzales, which quickly led to his becoming a session vocalist for Pye Records. In 1972, Douglas worked with Indian-born producer Biddu on the soundtrack to the Richard Roundtree film Embassy; so, two years later, when Biddu was searching for a vocalist to record the Larry Weiss composition "I Want to Give You My Everything," he contacted Douglas. Needing a quick B-side, Biddu set a melody to some lyrics Douglas had written about the kung fu craze sweeping pop culture courtesy of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon and David Carradine's TV series Kung Fu. "Kung Fu Fighting" was recorded in just ten minutes and elevated to the A-side of the single at Pye's insistence. The song topped the charts first in the U.K., then the U.S. and several other countries, selling over nine million copies worldwide. Pye quickly cobbled together an LP featuring a few novelty tracks and some straight-up soul/disco tunes, releasing it as Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs. The follow-up single, "Dance the Kung Fu," flopped in America, pegging Douglas as strictly a novelty act, but it made the Top 20 in Britain, and "Run Back" reached the U.K. Top 30 in 1977. Douglas went on to release two more albums, Love, Peace and Happiness in 1979 and Keep Pleasing Me in 1983; the title track of the former was a U.K. Top 30 hit. Douglas eventually moved to Hamburg, Germany, where he owns a profitable production company that supplies music for films and advertisements. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Soul Of The Kung Fu Fighter

1. Kung Fu Fighting

2. When You Got Love

3. I Want To Give You My Everything

4. Too Hot To Handle

5. Changing Times

6. M.O.R.F. (Insturmental)

7. Green Tangerines And Wild Evergreens

8. Witchfinder General

9. Stand Up For Love

10. Mistakes Of Mine

11. Love, Peace & Happiness

12. Dance The Kung Fu

13. Blue Eyed Soul (Insturmental)

14. Never Had This Dream Before

15. I Don't Care What People Say

16. I'll Be Your Light

17. Girl You're So Fine

18. I'll Keep Loving You

19. Honest Women

20. Shanghaid

21. Run Back

22. Kung Fu Fighting

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Track List: Crazy Feeling

1. Something For Nothing

2. You Don't Know

3. Crazy Feeling

4. I Who Have Nothing

5. Let The Birds Sing

6. You Are The One

7. Mr Pitiful

8. Going Out Of My Mind

9. Keep It To Myself

10. In The Midnight Hour

11. Pain In My Heart

12. Why Hurt

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Track List: Kung Fu Fighting

2. When You Got Love

3. I Want To Give You My Everything

4. Run Back

5. I Don't Care What People Say

6. Never Had This Dream Before

7. Love, Peace & Happiness

8. Too Hot To Handle

9. Witchfinder General

10. Girl You're So Fine

11. Changing Times

12. Green Tangerines And Wild Evergreens

13. Mistakes Of Mine

14. Dance The Kung Fu

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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you started reading this don't stop, this is freaky but if you read this and ignore you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen, this is so creepy because it actually works.
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Spooky how this black guy almost starving into Marshall Arts in his red walled warehouse home found interest in red China. Perfect death anthem for Cultural Revolution. Would be a good parody.
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Came across my pandora unexpectedly , LOVE IT!!!
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Love this song old days
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Fav song
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dem kids were fast as lightnin (kid flash OoO)
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Ha
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Fast as lightning equals THE FLASH
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Good song I like used sing in Kung fa panda one & kung fa panda 3 so awsome ������������
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Fast as lightning
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Everybody was Kung fu fighting huuuh lol!
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micredd69
Love it!
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Oh hell to the no haven't heard this in forever!
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Love this song! Corny as can be but brings back great memories!
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Jack black and ceelo greens version is better
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I am an idiot
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I am a idiot
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I am an idiot.
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You will get kissed on next Friday IF you put this comment on this page. Put theses words on this page put this I AM AN IDIOT☺
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lav695
I love this song. It makes me dance in my seat at work !!
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youngmaddy9
Lol
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pun intended
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Wow and I cut my foot breaking my first board it is very frightin
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bartsoucha
Hi Yah .... a little bit frightening :)
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Uha yeah Kon FU Fighting higha
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Panda Part 3 Coming 1\29/2016 Ok
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Brings back memories. When i regerstered my hands
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Good
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Pooty pooty POOTYYYYYY!�
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I is pooty
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Everybody was Kung fu fighting those kids were fast as lightning
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follow me and i'll follow you:-)
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Hey
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follow me please
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Oldie damn it wz so kol
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Say Ariana two times
Post this on two other songs
Chek ur voice
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In the 70s kids were pretty freaking fast. ;)
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It's like I'm watching Kung fu panda
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This song is cool
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LOL kung fu panda
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Yeah that's my jam
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