Popcorn Hot Butter
Song Title: Popcorn
Artist: Hot Butter
Date of release: 1972
Description: ” Popcorn ” is by Hot Butter, which was an instrumental cover band.The members of the band were Stan Free, Dave Mullaney, John Abbott, Bill Jerome, Steve Jerome and Danny Jordan. The band released two albums, Hot Butter in 1972 and More Hot Butter in 1973. Released on LP record ( Long Play ) by record label Hallmark Records, both Albums consisted of mainly covers.
The song was written by Gershon Kingsley ( Götz Gustav Ksinski ), a German-American composer. Gershon is acknowledged as being a pioneer of electronic music and the Moog synthesizer, he was also the founder of the First Moog Quartet. The Quartet made history when they performed the first live show of synthesized music ever in Carnegie Hall, the world famous concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.
The song was originally released by record label Audio Fidelity Records in 1969 and first appeared on Gershon’s Album Music to Moog By.
The reason for the title is generally thought to be from the short staccato ( a note of shortened duration ) or sharp ” popping ” sound used. It may refer to the song being ‘corny’. There has never been a true explanation as to the nature of the title.
Hot Butter recorded ” Popcorn ” using a Moog synthesizer with along with additional keyboards, percussion and guitar. Robert Arthur Moog designed the analog synthesizer, manufacturing and promoting them via his company Moog Music, later known as Moog Electronics.
The single was released by Hot Butter in 1972 by record label Musicor in the United States and Canada, in Australia it was released under the label Interfusion.
The cover of ” Popcorn “, produced by Bill and Steve Jerome, became a commercial success. In the United States the song reached a peak of number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1972, spending 18 weeks on the chart there. It also reached number 4 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 22nd of July 1972 and reached a peak of number 5. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 19 weeks on the UK chart.
” Popcorn ” was also a hit in Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Canada and France. In France this cover is the 131st best-selling single of all time, with approximately 900,000 sold.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 9
UK Highest Chart Position: 5
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Go-Set National Top 40) 1, Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 10, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 2, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 15, France (IFOP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 8, Italy (FIMI) 19, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 12, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 13, Spain (AFYVE) 13, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Gershonkingsley.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/HerrPopcorn
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/GershonKingsley