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Carl Douglas – The Artist
Carlton George Douglas (born 10 May 1942), also known by his stage name Carl Douglas, is a Jamaican recording artist who rose to prominence with the 1974 disco single Kung Fu Fighting.
Kung Fu Fighting – The Song
His single Kung Fu Fighting ranked number one on both the U.K. Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. The single sold 11 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The single, which is a homage to martial arts films, has overshadowed the rest of Douglas’s career, and has led to his appearance on other artists’ versions of the song. In the United States, Douglas is considered a one-hit wonder, since he is only known for Kung Fu Fighting and the follow-up “Dance the Kung Fu” didn’t crack the Top 40. However, in the United Kingdom, two other singles die relatively well: “Dance the Kung Fu”, and “Run Back”.
Kung Fu – The Shape
Chinese martial arts, often named under the umbrella terms kung fu, are the several hundred fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as “families”, “sects” or “schools” of martial arts.
Martial arts films are a sub-genre of action films, which feature numerous martial arts fights between characters. These fights are usually the films’ primary appeal and entertainment value, and often are a method of storytelling and character expression and development. Martial arts are frequently featured in training scenes and other sequences in addition to fights. Martial arts films commonly include other types of action, such as hand-to-hand combat, stunt-work, chases, and gunfights. As films of entertainment they were particular popular in the 70s and 80s.
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