Carl Douglas

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Carl Douglas
Birth name Carlton George Douglas
Born (1942-05-10) 10 May 1942 (age 73)
Kingston, Jamaica

Carlton George Douglas (born 10 May 1942), also known by his stage name Carl Douglas, is a Jamaican recording artist. Douglas rose to prominence after releasing his single "Kung Fu Fighting".

Early life[edit]

Carlton George Douglas was born on 10 May 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica.


Douglas' career was based in the United Kingdom, where his single "Kung Fu Fighting" ranked number one in both the U.K. Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The single sold 11 million copies worldwide,[1][2] making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The single was later certified gold by the RIAA on 27 November 1974.[3]

The single, which is an homage to martial arts films, has overshadowed the rest of Douglas' career; resulting in his appearance on cover versions of the single. In the United States, Douglas was considered a "one-hit wonder" since he was only known for "Kung Fu Fighting". However, in the United Kingdom, he has two other singles that made it into the "Top 40", which were "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,[4] who later became the primary song-writer behind "The Alan Parsons Project".

In 1998, a re-recording of "Kung Fu Fighting", performed by British dance act Bus Stop and which featured Douglas's vocals, peaked at number 8 in the "UK Singles Chart".[5]

The single "Dance The Kung Fu", was sampled on "Cuda nie widy" from 2001 album Nibylandia, and later by DJ Premier on his 2007 remix of Nike's 25th Air Force One anniversary single "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)", featuring Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One and Rakim. Douglas is represented by music publisher Schacht Musikverlage (SMV) in Hamburg, Germany.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James Ellis. "Biddu". Metro. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  2. ^ Malika Browne (20 August 2004). "It's a big step from disco to Sanskrit chants, but Biddu has made it". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 344. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ Eric Woolfson Obituary, The Independent
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 167. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "SMV | Schacht Musikverlage". Retrieved 2012-02-10.