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Carol Douglas

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Carol Douglas (b. April 7, 1948 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actress and singer who is best known for her disco hits “Doctor’s Orders” (1974) and “Midnight Love Affair” (1976). Douglas comes from a musical family background, her mother being blues and jazz singer Minnie Newsome and her cousin, soul legend, Sam Cooke.

After a few years as an actress Douglas decided to concentrate on her music career and in the early 1970s she landed the role of lead singer for the reformed soul group The Chantels. She toured the U.S. with the group for a while before receiving a record contract with Midland International Records in 1974 as a solo act. The first single released under the label, “Doctor’s Orders”, became a hit, reaching #2 on Billboard magazine’s Disco chart, #9 R&B and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow up single “A Hurricane Is Coming Tonite” became a minor hit, reaching #81 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In 1976 she hit #1 on the disco chart with “Midnight Love Affair” / “Crime Don’t Pay”, both from her second album Midnight Love Affair. The single also reached the #96 spot on Cash Box magazine’s top 100 chart. The following year she recorded the track “You Make Me Feel the Music” for the soundtrack to the 1977 motion picture The Haunted.

“So You Win Again” was arranged by Michael Zager whose presence on Douglas’ 1978 album release Burnin’ resulted in a critical (if not commercial) upswing. Burnin’ also featured Douglas’ version of the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever” - not a Zager arrangement - which became Douglas’ only entry in the UK Singles Chart at #66.

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  • RussellChap

    'midnight love affair' is great. it's up there with other disco gems of the era

    12 Mar 9:04pm Reply
  • discotequedude

    I have seen Carol perform live. She sounds every bit as fabulous as the recorded songs!

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    "I Got The Answer" <3

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    We Do It is a classic. [2]

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    We Do It is a classic

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • montgal

    As a former bass player for Carol Douglas, I must say that she is the most professional and talented person I have ever met. And in this business, you meet a lot of people. The most memorable place we played was at the Felt Forum (now known as WA MU theater, next to Madison Square Garden, New York City). The crowd simply loved her and her performance. I have to say being part of music history where Ms. Douglas was (and "is") the queen of disco was an honor to help her reach that goal. Of course, music is art form where there is no limit to creating music. She has that ability to go to other genres and be successful at it. Carol, keep up the good work.

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Dayna4133

    my interview with Carol http://www.discomusic.com/people-more/9699_0_11_0_C/

    4 Jan 2010 Reply

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