None of that microwave stuff

After hearing an actual popcorn machine, circa 1969, composer Gershon Kingsley put together a recording on Moog synthesizer, then titled “Pop Corn,” which became famous in electronic-music circles. In 1972, Kingsley associate Stan Free — they’d played together in the First Moog Quartet — cut an amped-up version that climbed to #9 in Billboard.

With all these electronics going on, the temptation to do “Popcorn” unplugged occurred to many; Herb Alpert’s version, which showed up on the 2005 Lost Treasures compilation, is a gem. But this sort-of-classical take by the composer himself is something else entirely:

This was recorded eight years ago, when Kingsley was a lad of 85. He’s still around today.


  1. backwoods conservative »

    26 July 2015 · 7:57 am

    Not bad for an old guy.

    I recently ran across an interesting bit of trivia. In 1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass set a world record, still unmatched, by having 5 albums at once in the top 20 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. They sold more records than the Beatles that year. I never knew they were that popular.

  2. fillyjonk »

    26 July 2015 · 4:15 pm


    Wonder if I can find the piano sheet music for that?

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