The composition “Telstar” 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 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 formed in London, England. The included Clem Cattini, Alan Caddy, Roger LaVern, George Bellamy, Heinz Burt, and Geoff Goddard (who played the clavioline, an electronic keyboard instrument).
Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music
The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Telstar” by The Tornados.