Carl Douglas Biography

Jamaican-born Carl Douglas was working with producer Biddu during 1974 when the necessity to record a b-side to ‘I Want To Give You My Everything’, resulted in ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, a song which apparently took only 10 minutes to record. When the Douglas composition was presented to the A&R department at Pye Records, they wisely elevated the song to an a-side. Capturing the contemporary interest in Kung Fu in films and magazines, and bestowed with a catchy chorus, the song topped the charts in both the UK and USA. Douglas, gamely dressed in martial arts garb, executed his ‘hoo!’ and ‘haaa!’ grunts while performing the song and kept up the novelty long enough to chart again with ‘Dance The Kung Fu’. Three years later, Douglas made a return to the UK charts with the Top 30 hit, ‘Run Back’, since when little has been heard of him, though his most famous single re-entered the UK singles chart (albeit in a re-mixed form), in 1998.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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