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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, Rovi
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adam_leslie
King of funk
Who rembers that one vine with the intro to this song and the guy who stuck his head in the fan.
Huh, the kung fu panda song!!
I love this song
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Awesome
Sweet track right?! Follow if u agree ;)
still Kung Fu fighting, precious people.
Love it a little follow me i follow u
Follow me i follow
Crispy Nuggets
Kung fu fighting
Awesomeness this song is great
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I don't
No what to say
TO AWESOME I LOVE this song
This really reminds me of kung fu panda
Awesome song!!
F O L L O W M E
i dance to this on the wii
Stone-Cold Super-Badd Super-Star Soul-Brotha
Bruce"Kung-F u Fighting"Lee , T h a n k s For
Jim Kelly,Jim Brown,Fred Williamson,D Carradine
Kareem Abdul Jabar
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
Those kids were as fast as lightning
Carl Douglas!!!
Carl Douglas was the King of funk
Kung Fu Panda
taramae02
Lol good song I may be 12 but I love this song
Everybody was kung fu fighting those jerks was fast as lightning!!! ! ! ! : - )
Watch how to be ninja on you tube. It's not bad and it's hilarious.
Those guys were fast as lightning
I love this !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
love it love
love it love it love it
Love it
Love this song
Did you know America was made in China. Yeah if you turn America over and look at the tiny print on the bottom it says "Made in China"
Kung fu funkey
I learned how to eat my own s**t. you can too in 12 easy steps!
I think this song was used in Kung Fu Panda
jl15519
\/ *china. That's where it's from
abbiepittz
Question. Has he ever been to Japan or he just likes it.
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This song is awesome!
Kung fun run fighting for my sister and her family is not me to get up early tomorrow so I'm playing with your team to
this is so old but thats what makes it good
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Love this KUNG FU Fighting song don't get tired of it
Fu*
Kung Foo is my childhood...
Kung fu panda
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