Serving A Sentence Of Life (1968)
This song by Carl Douglas is placed at 247 on Kev Roberts Top 500. It came back into popularity after it’s original playing at The Wheel in 1968 when it was rediscovered by Richard Searling (DJ).
Later Carl Douglas became the Kung Fu Fighting man and it’s this track which has remained a big hit throughout the decades and is now often played at weddings (hopefully, not creating the often seen wedding punch-up) and other get up and dance venues.
Carl Douglas was born in Jamaica, moved to the U.S. and then eventually to London. He was heavily influenced by soul singers such as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke and was trained as a tenor.
in 1974 his orchestra released Blue Eyed Soul an instrumental track: