That makes it doubly interesting that the next song from the UK to hit the top of the US charts, pre-British Invasion, was also an instrumental. This one was, in my view, a more exciting and innovative creation than the one featured last week and it was in tune with the times. The musicians hit on the excitement of the era.
In July 1962, the USA launched Telstar. It was the first communications satellite. The purpose was to relay television signals between the USA and Europe. I was alive and this was a big deal:Call it the dawning of the space age.
Joe Meek was an innovative electronics technician and musician in Great Britain. His band of guys, the Tornadoes, put together this really spacey song called Telstar. It was huge. I remember, as a kid, a local deejay barricaded himself in the studio and played the song over and over and over and over again. Finally the management took him away. Years later I would work at that radio station but I did not do anything that weird.
Here it is, number one from December 1962, the Tornados and Telstar.
Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspections