Electronic Pop Music Pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey Dies At 87
November 7, 2016 at 3:43 AM (PT)
JEAN-JACQUES PERREY, the pioneer of electronic music whose compositions were heard everywhere from the radio to DISNEYLAND, died FRIDAY (11/6) of lung cancer at 87.
PERREY, who started experimenting with electronic keyboards while a medical student in the 1950s, and GERSHON KINGSLEY (who later wrote and recorded "Popcorn," a hit for HOT BUTTER as a cover in 1972) partnered for the highly influential albums on VANGUARD RECORDS, 1966's "The In Sound From the Way Out" and 1967's "Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out!," and recorded "Baroque Hoedown," an orchestral version of which was heard at DISNEY theme parks' Main Street Electrical Parade (without his knowledge until 1980).
He later recorded with GILBERT SIGRIST, DAVID CHAZAM, DANA COUNTRYMAN (the author of PERREY's biography "Passport to the Future"), and LUKE VIBERT, as recently as 2015, and his songs were used on several TV shows, including "SOUTH PARK," "THE SIMPSONS," and "THE MIGHTY B!," and in countless TV commercials.