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André Popp

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Andre Popp contributed two of the greatest albums of the space age pop era, both released here on Columbia’s short-lived but remarkable “World of Discovery” series: “Delirium in Hi-Fi” and “Popped!”

The son of a church organist, Popp studied at the St. Josephe Institute of Music and took over his father’s position in 1939, when his father joined the French Army. After the war, he met Jean Broussole, a poet and lyricist, and together they moved to Paris, when they began to have success with songs such as “Il Dansait.” Popp’s own 1954 instrumental number, “Les Lavandieres du Portugal ” became a huge international hit and was covered by many of the performers mentioned on this site. Popp and Broussole collaborated on “Piccolo e Saxie,” a piece along the lines of Benjamin Britten’s “A Child’s Guide to the Orchestra,” in which individual instruments were highlighted to illustrate how a symphonic orchestra worked. Their 1957 recording of the work earned them the Grand Prix du Disque, the French version of the Grammy. Popp also won the 1960 Eurovision Song contest with his tune, “Tom Pillibi.”

Cover of ‘Delirium in Hi-Fi’ Posing as “Elsa Popping and her Pixie Landers,” Popp and Pierre Fatosme melded Les Paul’s splicing and multi-tracking techniques with the musical comedy of Spike Jones and spun them into a milf frenzy on “Delirium in Hi-Fi.” It really is almost impossible to describe this album.

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