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Carl Douglas

Biography

The one-hit wonder behind the disco novelty smash “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas was also the very first Jamaican-born artist to score lots one single in america. Douglas grew up both in California and Jamaica, and finally moved to Britain to study audio executive. In 1964, he created a group known as the Big Stampede, which released several U.K. singles; 2 yrs later, he created the Explosions while surviving in Spain. Upon time for Britain, Douglas teamed up having a music group known as Gonzales, which quickly resulted in his learning to be a program vocalist for Pye Information. In 1972, Douglas caused Indian-born maker Biddu around the soundtrack towards the Richard Roundtree film Embassy; therefore, two years later on, when Biddu was looking for a vocalist to record the Larry Weiss structure “I wish to OFFER YOU My Everything,” he approached Douglas. Needing an instant B-side, Biddu arranged a melody for some lyrics Douglas wrote concerning the kung fu trend sweeping pop tradition thanks to Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon and David Carradine’s Television series Kung Fu. “Kung Fu Fighting” was documented in just 10 minutes and raised towards the A-side from the one at Pye’s insistence. The tune topped the graphs first within the U.K., then your U.S. and many other countries, offering over nine million copies worldwide. Pye quickly cobbled jointly an LP having a few novelty monitors plus some straight-up spirit/disco tunes, launching it as Kung Fu Fighting with each other as well as other Great Love Music. The follow-up one, “Dance the Kung Fu,” flopped in the us, pegging Douglas as totally a novelty action, but it produced the very best 20 in Britain, and “Operate Back again” reached the U.K. Best 30 in 1977. Douglas continued release a two even more albums, Love, Tranquility and Pleasure in 1979 and Hold Pleasing Me in 1983; the name an eye on the former was a U.K. Best 30 strike. Douglas eventually transferred to Hamburg, Germany, where he owns a rewarding production firm that items music for movies and advertisements.

Quick Facts


Net Worth 1.71 billion USD
Date Of Birth May 10, 1942
Profession Singer
Education Northwestern University
Nationality Jamaican
Music Groups Gonzalez
Music Songs Kung Fu Fighting, I Don't Care What People Say, Dance The Kung Fu, I Want to Give You My Everything, Run Back, Never Had This Dream Before, Blue Eyed Soul, Girl You're So Fine, Witchfinder General, Serving a Sentence on Life, When You Got Love, I'll Keep Lovin' You, Love, Peace & Happiness, Mistakes Of Mine, Crazy Feeling, Green Tangerines And Wild Evergreens, Shanghai'd, Changing Times, Too Hot To Handle, Gamblin' Man, Keep It to Myself, M.O.R.F., Sell My Soul to the Devil, Let the Birds Sing, Keep on Pleasing Me, What's Good For The Goose, Something For Nothing, Honest Woman, I'll Be Your Light, Return of the Fighter, Stop Me Crying, Stand Up for Love
Albums Kung Fu Fighter, The Soul of the Kung Fu Fighter, Keep Pleasing Me, Return Of The Fighter, Kung Fu Fighting, Kung Fu Fighting - The Best Of Carl Douglas, Crazy Feeling, Kung Fu Fighting (Remixed 1989 Version)


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1 Currently living in Germany where he runs a publishing company.
2 Had a #1 R&B hit with "Kung Fu Fighting" in 1974


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena 2017 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tähdet, tähdet 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Brice 3 2016 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr. Sunset: Life 2016 TV Series 1 episode
Kung Fu Panda 3 2016 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting Celebration Time", "Kung Fu Fighting"
Britain's Got More Talent TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Parks and Recreation 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Today at Wimbledon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary performer - 3 episodes, 2012 - 2013 writer - 3 episodes, 2012 - 2013
Horrible Bosses 2011 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil 2011 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tosh.0 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Schnell ermittelt 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2008
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2005 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Brad & Jerrid TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Chikara: The Renaissance Dawns 2010 Video performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
An Englishman in New York 2009 performer: "Witchfinder General"
Premiya Muz-TV 2008 2008 TV Special music: "Mastera Kung-Fu"
Kung Fu Panda 2008 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Disco 2008 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Rush Hour 3 2007 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Epic Movie 2007 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Scrubs TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2006 performer - 1 episode, 2006
My Name Is Earl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Little Manhattan 2005 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting Adrian Sherwood On-U-Remix" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting Adrian Sherwood On-U-Remix"
Roll Bounce 2005 performer: "I'll Keep Loving You", "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "I'll Keep Loving You", "Kung Fu Fighting"
Slovensko hladá SuperStar 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kebab Connection 2004 lyrics: "Kung Fu Fighting" / music: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Childstar 2004 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Lavorare con lentezza 2004 "Kung fu fighting"
One Tree Hill TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Sex Lives of the Potato Men 2004 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Daddy Day Care 2003 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
City of God 2002 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Shoot or Be Shot 2002 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Don't Tempt Me 2001 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting", "Kung Fu Fighting 2001"
Teachers TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
The Simpsons 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Night Fever 2000 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Bowfinger 1999 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
That '70s Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
That's the Way I Like It 1998 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Father Ted TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Kung Fu Kenobi 1997 Short performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" - uncredited / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting" - uncredited
Beverly Hills Ninja 1997 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting", "Kung Fu Dancing"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1989-1996 TV Series writer - 4 episodes
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Double Happiness 1994 writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
The Nutt House 1992 performer: "KUNG FU FIGHTING" / writer: "KUNG FU FIGHTING"
Police Story 3: Supercop 1992 writer: "KUNG FU FIGHTING"
Mortal Thoughts 1991 "KUNG FU FIGHTING"
The Spirit of '76 1990 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
This Is Elvis 1981 "Kung Fu Fighting"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Van Oekel blikt terug 1974 TV Movie performer: "Kung Fu Fighting" / writer: "Kung Fu Fighting"
Van Oekel's Discohoek TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1974 writer - 1 episode, 1974

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flashback: The History of UK Black Music 2016 Documentary Himself - singer
Les années bonheur 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Kult am Sonntag 2008 TV Series Himself
Die ultimative Chartshow 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Bring Back... The One-Hit Wonders 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2000 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Top of the Pops 1974-1998 TV Series Himself / Guest
Musikladen 1977 TV Series
Disco 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Van Oekel's Discohoek 1974 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
'Abigail's Party' Pack 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Himself
Van Oekel blikt terug 1974 TV Movie Himself

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