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Telstar by The Tornados

The composition “Telstar” is a piece of instrumental music that honors the first Telstar communications satellite that was launched on July 10, 1962. Telstar was operated by NASA as part of a multi-national agreement among AT&T, Bell Telephone Laboratories, GPO (UK), and the National PTT (France). The purpose was to relay telecommunications across the Atlantic Ocean, including television images and phone calls.

“Telstar” was written and produced by record producer Joe Meek. The song was an international hit and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. Singles Charts in 1962. The weird sound effects give the feeling of being in outer space.

The Tornados were a British instrumental group that included Clem Cattini, Alan Caddy, Roger LaVern, George Bellamy, Heinz Burt, and Geoff Goddard (who played the clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument). They backed up a number of Joe Meek’s band as well as the singer Billy Fury. They also had hits with “Robot” and “Globetrotter.” However, by the time The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other English bands that had vocals and harmony as well as instruments became popular, The Tornados had less success. Members splintered off into solo careers and in joining other groups.

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