Personalities | Carl Douglas | One-Hit Wonders | Rock

‘Kung Fu Fighting’, 1974

Jamaican-born Carl Douglas had his finger on the pulse when he recorded ‘King Fu Fighting’, a mid-1970s novelty disco hit that reflected that era’s fascination with king fu movies and the martial arts. It reached No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic, and is said to have been recorded in just 10 minutes, and to have sold over nine million copies worldwide. Douglas’ follow-up, ‘Dance The Kung Fu’, was a US flop and UK Top 20 hit, making sure he would only be remembered for his novelty songs, despite releasing a couple of albums into the 1980s. He now owns a production company in Hamburg, producing music for films and commercials.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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