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Listen to Carl Douglas add extra kick to "Kung Fu Fighting" to celebrate his 80th birthday

Maybe you picked up the 45 back in the '70s and listened to it non-stop, but have you heard the previously unreleased instrumental version of "Kung Fu Fighting," just released for Douglas' 80th birthday?
Courtesy of 45cat.com

Courtesy of 45cat.com

Did you pick up Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" 45 when it came out back in 1974? Or maybe you still have the 45 and occasionally play it as a guilty pleasure?

Courtesy of 45cat.com

Courtesy of 45cat.com

Heck, you can buy it (if you find it) at your local record store or Discogs for around $3, depending on the condition, and then play it on a stack 'em and whack 'em record player once you get home.

But have you heard the previously unreleased instrumental version of "Kung Fu Fighting," just released for Douglas' 80th birthday? It's a bit of a modern kick, if you will, and there are also remixes from 1986 and 1989 released as well!

Listen to it all HERE

Carl Douglas. Publicity photo.

Carl Douglas. Publicity photo.

Speaking from his home in Jamaica, Carl Douglas said: I feel blessed to have reached this milestone and wish everybody good health and happiness.“

Written and recorded by Douglas in 1974, "Kung Fu Fighting" was originally a B-side to the single "I Want to Give You My Everything." In the final 10 minutes of the studio session, the producer, Biddu, hurriedly sang the "Huhs and Hahs": “It was a B-side: who was going to listen?” he would later say.

Pye Records flipped it to an A-side when the record company thought it was the stronger song. And it became a hit.

Douglas will release a new album Kung Fu Fighting: The Best Of Carl Douglas and his first three original Pye Records albums will be released for the first time digitally, since their 70s vinyl versions. 


These are:

  • Kung Fu Fighter (1974)
  • Love Peace and Happiness (1977)
  • Keep Pleasing Me (1977)

Keep on kickin'!

Publicity photo

Publicity photo