Disco music dominated the music scene in the mid to late 1970s.   One of the earliest disco songs was “Kung Fu Fighting” done by Jamaican Carl Douglas.

1. Carlton George Douglas was born on May 10, 1942.

2.  Carlton’s original plan was to study sound engineering when he came to England.

3. Kung Fu Fighting was originally meant to be the B side of a single.  After hearing both songs, the label Pye Records decided to release it as its A side.

4.  The song was produced by Indian disco music producer Biddu Appaiah who was also responsible for Tina Charles’ disco hits “I love to love” and “You set my heart on fire”.  Kung Fu Fighting made Biddu the first Indian producer to have a number one hit on the UK singles chart.

5. Kung Fu Fighting was released in 1974 making it to number 1 on both the U.K. singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100.  It also made it to number 1 on charts in other parts of the world.

6.  The song sold 11 million copies worldwide making it one of the biggest selling singles in history.

7. VH 1 rated Kung Fu Fighting at 100 of its top 100 one hit wonders (Carlton did have other top 40 hits on the UK chart).

8.  Carlton presently resides in Germany where he produces documentaries and advertisements.

9. The song has been covered many times over the years, as recently as 2016.

10. Carlton is the first Jamaican to have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

“Kung Fu Fighting” lyrics

“Kung Fu Fighting”

Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah
Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah
Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah
Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah[Chorus:]
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Those kids were fast as lightning
In fact, it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing

There were funky China men from funky Chinatown
They were chopping them up
They were chopping them down
It’s an ancient Chinese art
And everybody knew their part
From a feinting, to a slip
And a kickin’ from the hip

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those kids were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing

There was funky Billie Chin and little Sammy Chong
He said, here comes the big boss, let’s get it on
We took the bow and made a stand
Started swaying with the hand
A sudden motion made me skip
Now we’re into a brand new trip

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those kids were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they did it with expert timing

Oh-hoh-hoh-hoh, ha
Oh-hoh-hoh-hoh, ha
Oh-hoh-hoh-hoh-ha
Keep on, keep on, keep on
Sure enough

Everybody was Kung Fu fighting
Those kids were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
Make sure you have expert timing
Kung Fu fighting, had to be fast as lightning

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