Song of the Day: The Tornados, "Telstar"

The Tornados were from London and only had the one hit in the US, "Telstar," which reached #1 in both the UK and the US in 1962. The song came out around the time the first Telstar communications satellite was launched into orbit. The band released a number of singles in the UK after this, one of which, "Globetrotter," made it to #5.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Tornados, "Telstar"

  1. Loved “Telstar”! The Tornados were formed in the image of England’s great “Shadows” but beyond a handful of UK hits – remained in the shadows of the “Shadows” who placed more than 50 singles and EP’s onto the British Charts

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    1. I don’t recall The Shadows even making the charts here in the US. They were a fantastic band, easily equal to The Ventures (maybe better), but I don’t recall ever hearing of The Shadows until I was much older. Do you know why?

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        1. I wasn’t too much younger, but I remember it well. Captured the attention of a lot of young boys (and a few girls) in this country when it happened, and the rest of the world, too.

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