Carol Douglas (born April 7, 1948) is an American singer whose hit “Doctor’s Orders” (1974) was a pioneer track in the disco genre.
In 1974, Douglas was recruited by Midland International Records via an ad in Showbiz magazine: label vice president/record producer Eddie O’Loughlin had heard the UK hit single “Doctor’s Orders” by Sunny and was seeking a female vocalist to cut the track for the U.S. market. Douglas’ audition led to a five-year contract and her version of “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 single also reached #4 in France.
Douglas’ other recordings included “Headline News” – a minor Edwin Starr hit from 1966 written by “Doctor’s Orders” co-writer Roger Greenaway remade by the latter track’s originator Sunny -, and in the tradition of “Doctor’s Orders” Douglas cut discofied covers of several songs which were current or recent hits in the UK including ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”, “I Wanna Stay With You” by Gallagher and Lyle and “So You Win Again” by Hot Chocolate. In 1977 she recorded the single “You Make Me Feel The Music” for the soundtrack to the film Haunted.
In 1981, Douglas’ cover of the Three Degrees’ “My Simple Heart” was released on 20th Century Records as by then the Midland International (aka Midsong) was defunct. “My Simple Heart” was also Douglas’ debut on Carrere Records based in Paris where Douglas lived for a time: in the early 1980s Carrère handled Douglas’ European releases while in the US Douglas was signed to O’Loughlin’s Next Plateau label.
The remix of “My Simple Heart” was by Mark Berry.
My Simple Heart (Special Remix) 7:26
Slip Into Something Comfortable 3:47