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A Hard Row To Hoe Vol. 1

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Popcorn is a style of music and dancing first established in Belgium in the 1970s and 1980s. The style includes a wide variety of mostly American and British recordings of R&B and pop music made between the late 1950s and mid-1960s, often relatively obscure, and characterized by a slow or medium, rather than fast, tempo. The Popcorn music scene first developed from dances held at the Groove discotheque in Ostend, where mid-tempo soul and ska music played by DJ Freddy Cousaert became popular in the late 1960s. In September 1969, a café, De Oude Hoeve, opened in a converted farm barn at Vrasene near Antwerp, and began holding dance competitions on Sunday afternoons. Soon up to 3,000 people began attending each week, dancing in a "slow swing" style. De Oude Hoeve was later renamed Popcorn and the special genre had its name. Later on, the DJs messed up a perfectly fine recipe by adding all kinds of pop tunes as long as the groove was right. The typical Popcorn tempo was usually reached by pitching the record up or down, sometimes massively. This record features 14 pure Popcorn groovers from the "golden era". Features Big Daddy, Lou Johnson, Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, Roy Brown and His Mighty-Mighty Men, Sam Fletcher, Ivory Joe Hunter, The Sims Twins, Roy Gaines, The Pilgrim Travelers, Lou Rawls, Otis Lee, Jack Grayson and The So And So's, Landy McNeil, Maylon Humphries and The Tri-Seniors, and Louis Jordan.

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