|Birth name||Carlton George Douglas|
|Born||10 May 1942|
|Labels||Pye, 20th Century|
Douglas was born as Carlton George Douglas on 10 May 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica, to Jamaican parents. After his grandmother died, his family relocated to the United Kingdom. He spent his childhood in England playing football, and vocal training. In his youth he developed a passion for jazz music (citing Sam Cooke and Otis Redding as his biggest influences) and a trained tenor voice, which he would display in church singing various religious songs.
Douglas's career was based in the United Kingdom. His single "Kung Fu Fighting" ranked number one on both the U.K. Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The single sold 11 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The single was later certified Gold by the RIAA on 27 November 1974.
The single, which is a homage to martial arts films, has overshadowed the rest of Douglas's career, and has led to his appearance on other artists' versions of the song. In the United States, Douglas is considered a one-hit wonder, since he is known only for "Kung Fu Fighting" and the follow-up "Dance the Kung Fu" did not crack the Top 40. However, in the United Kingdom, two of his other singles made it into the Top 40: "Dance the Kung Fu", which peaked at number 35 in the charts, and "Run Back", which peaked at number 25.
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.
|1974||Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs||37||1|
|1977||Love Peace and Happiness||-||-|
|1978||Keep Pleasing Me||-||-|
|1964||"Crazy Feeling" (with The Big Stampede)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1968||"Serving a Sentence of Life"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1972||"Somebody Stop This Madness"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1974||"Kung Fu Fighting"||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||3||1||3||1||2||1||1|
|1974||"Dance the Kung Fu"||-||19||8||-||-||5||-||-||7||-||-||-||35||48|
|1974||"Blue Eyed Soul"||-||-||25||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1998||"Kung Fu Fighting" (re-issue with Bus Stop)||15||-||22||-||25||-||12||-||-||-||1||-||8||-|
- List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
- List of artists who reached number one in the United States
- List of artists who reached number one on the Australian singles chart
- List of 1970s one-hit wonders in the United States
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