Sunday, October 12, 2014

40 Year Itch : "Kung Fu Fighting" is #1 in the UK

    In October of 1974, Jamaican Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting" hit #1 in the UK on its way to selling 11-million copies worldwide. On October 12, 1974 "Kung Fu Fighting" entered the Billboard Charts at #94. By early December the tune would top the US charts. "Kung Fu Fighting" was originally recorded-in just two takes- as a B-side. But somebody knew a hit when he heard it. Kung Fu was hugely popular then.  Curtis Mayfield and The Sharks both recorded songs called "Kung Fu". But they didn't have the HAHs and the HUHS that had the entire world making slashing gestures every time they heard it.

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