Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas (Pye, 1974)
Kung Fu Fighting is a disco song written by Carl Douglas and Biddu. Originally meant to be a B-side for the song I Want to Give You My Everything, the two found they only had about 10 minutes to create the B-side song. Kung Fu Fighting was recorded in about 2 takes. Biddu stated, Kung Fu Fighting was the B-side so I went over the top on the ‘huhs’ and the ‘hahs’ and the chopping sounds. It was a B-side: who was going to listen?” Pye Records decided instead to make Kung Fu Fighting the A-side instead.
Initially the song didn’t receive any airplay for about a month and sales were poor. It gained popularity in dance clubs and a phenomenon was born!
It took a month to race up to the top of the UK Singles chart where it stayed for three weeks. In the U.S., it reached the top of the Billboard chart, was certified gold in 1974 and won a 1974 Grammy Award for Best Selling Single.
Worldwide, the song popularized disco music and has sold 11 million records, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Kung Fu Fighting has topped the charts in 12 countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the U.S. It has also appeared on many “One Hit Wonder” poll charts over the years.
The song has appeared (in some form) on over 25 TV series and/or movies and has been covered numerous times by singers/performers from around the globe.