”Kung Fu Fighting” is a famous song that helped to launch the popular genre of music known as disco. After it was released in 1974 it quickly became popular and it rose to the top of many charts, including number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles (now known as the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart). It eventually sold over 11 million records worldwide and received a Gold Certification from the RIAA. The song won a number of awards including the Grammy Award in 1974 for Best Selling Single. Today, it remains one of the best selling singles of all time. It is also well known for featuring in many movies and it has been covered by numerous other artists. If you have ever wondered who wrote and sang this famous song, keep reading to find out.
Who wrote and sang ”Kung Fu Fighting”?
”Kung Fu Fighting” was written and performed by Jamaican Carl Douglas (Douglas lived in the UK at the time the song was recorded). It was produced by Indian music producer Biddu who also features in the song. Initially the song was a last minute recording, completed in 10 minutes, to complement the song “I Want to Give you my Everything” on the A side of the record. However, the record company decided to put ”Kung Fu Fighting” on the A side and the rest is history!
Even though the song was so successful Carl Douglas was unable to build on this success and he, and the song, is considered to be one of the best examples of a one hit wonder.
Did you know?
The British group “Bus Stop” re-recorded “Kung Fu Fighting” with added rap verses and the vocals from the original song. It reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in 1998.