Brits dancing awkwardly to the world’s first electronic hit single: Gershon Kingsley’s ‘Popcorn’ in 1969

Composer Gershon Kingsley (of Perrey and Kingsley) first recorded “Popcorn” for his 1969 album Music to Moog By. In 1971 the track was rerecorded by Kingsley’s band First Moog Quartet; later he released a version under the name of The Popcorn Makers and was this the version that hit most successfully the charts. The record was one of a rash of Moog synthesizer-based releases, following the Billboard albums chart success Wendy Carlos had in 1968 with Switched-On Bach, and which characterized electronic music of the future.