” Popcorn ” is by Hot Butter, which was an instrumental cover band.The members of the group 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 mostly 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 synthesiser; he was also the founder of the First Moog Quartet. The Quartet made history when they performed the first live show of synthesised music ever in Carnegie Hall, the world-famous concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.
The song was initially 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 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 valid explanation as to the nature of the title.
Hot Butter recorded ” Popcorn ” using a Moog synthesiser with along with additional keyboards, percussion and guitar. Robert Arthur Moog designed the analogue synthesiser, 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 nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972, spending eighteen weeks on the chart there. It also reached number four on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 22nd of July 1972 and reached a peak of number five. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nineteen 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
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