Carl Douglas is a Jamaican recording artist who has a net worth of $5 million. Carl Douglas was born in Kingston, Jamaica in May 1942. He is best known for his 1974 disco hit single “Kung Fu Fighting”. Douglas released his debut studio album Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs in 1974 and the album reached #1 on the US R&B charts and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart. He also released the albums Love Peace and Happiness in 1977 and Keep Pleasing Me in 1978. His single “Kung Fu Fighting” reached #1 in the US as well as in the UK, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Carl Douglas had some success with his next single “Dance The Kung Fu” which reached #5 in Germany. His single “Kung Fu Fighting” (re-issue with Bus Stop) reached #1 in New Zealand.
“Kung Fu Fighting” Royalties And Production: Douglas originally rented studio space and hired session musicians to record a cover version of a song called “I Want Give You My Everything”. That song was recorded to be the A-side of a record. So they needed a B-side. Carl’s producer asked him if he had anything else they could record quickly. The first thing that came to mind was an unpolished jingle Carl had written earlier that year after leaving a nightclub. As he walked down the street he saw a group of teenagers in a pinball alley mock fighting to the sound of the music that was fighting. Carl said to his friend “Damn. Looks like everyone is kung fu fighting.” At that moment he had the hook and the chorus in his mind and rushed home to write down the music and lyrics. Fast forward to the recording session, Carl laid down the final version in two takes. The A&R staff at his record label thought the song was so good that it should be the A-side, not the B-side. Within weeks, the song was #1 in the US and England. The song has been covered a number of times including most notably be Cee-Lo Green for the movie “Kung Fu Panda”. The song has also been used in its original form in hundreds of movies and TV shows. As the song’s sole-credited writer and performer, Carl enjoys an extraordinarily high royalty percentage on the song. Even some 35+ years later, he still earns several hundred thousand dollars in royalties every year, minimum.
|Net Worth:||$5 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 10, 1942 (79 years old)|