“Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those kicks were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they fought with expert timing…”
If one is a martial art lover, he/she might have listened to the song ‘Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting’. If not, listen as well as watch the performance of the singer too now. The song was released in 1974; 43 years back from today. The song has been still appreciated and loved by all since the release. The song became one of the best-selling singles of all time with eleven million records sold and became the first worldwide disco hit from Britain and Europe.
Here, an Indian is associated with this very popular song. The song was produced by an Indian Biddu Appaiah and sung by Carl Douglas. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Selling Single and stoop rank number one on both the U.K. Singles Chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
The song describes about the beauty of Chinese martial art Kung Fu. The song was made on the fusion of the western and eastern music. Douglas was a session singer for Pye records when he wrote the super hit song. He got the idea for the song when he saw two kids in London doing some Kung Fu moves. Kung Fu movies were very popular then, Bruce Lee was a big star and this capitalized on the craze. The song was the biggest selling hit of 1974, topping the charts in the UK and the U.S. and turning Jamaican-born Douglas into a star.
The song has also been loved across the world and it has been used in City of God (2002), Wayne’s World 2 (1994), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Daddy Day Care (2003), and Bowfinger (1999). The song was also used in 2008 kid’s popular movie Kung Fu Panda, performed by Cee-Lo Green and Jack Black.
On youtube, many have uploaded videos of the song which has been viewed by music lovers across the globe. In the video uploaded by mmtfb , it has been viewed by 121,674 viewers, while in another video by Patrick Sébastien it has been viewed by 1,098,626 persons. In another video uploaded by netter11 and which has 15,011,650 views, one can see the producer Biddu Appaiah dancing while Carl Douglas was singing the song. The song is an evergreen one and will remain forever.