Additional information about this, The Tornados vinyl art.
The Tornados – The Artist/s
The Tornados were an English instrumental rock group of the 1960s that acted as backing group for many of record producer Joe Meek’s productions and also for singer Billy Fury. They enjoyed several chart hits in their own right, including the UK and U.S. No. 1 “Telstar” (named after the satellite and composed and produced by Meek), the first U.S. No. 1 single by a British group. The Tornados were formed in 1961 as a session band for Joe Meek, although the name did not come until early 1962. In 1961 they provided the instrumentals for the film short The Johnny Leyton Touch, including a jazzed up version of “Taboo”, originally by Margarita Lecuona. From January 1962 to August 1963, The Tornados were the backing band for Billy Fury (as well as recording and performing as an act in their own right); they toured and recorded with Fury as The Tornados. Their recordings with Fury were produced by Mike Smith and Ivor Raymonde. The Tornados made a scopitone film (an early form of music video) for “Telstar” and another for their chart hit “Robot”.
Telstar – The Song
‘Testar’ is a 1962 instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek for the English band the Tornados. The track reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1962 (the second British recording to reach number 1 on that chart in the year, after “Stranger on the Shore” in May). It was the second instrumental single to hit number 1 in 1962 on both the US and UK weekly charts. The record was named after the Telstar communications satellite, which was launched into orbit on 10 July 1962.
The Telecommunications Satellite – The Shape
This record has been modelled into the shape of a typical modern satellite. A communications satellite is an artificial satellite that relays and amplifies radio telecommunication signals via a transponder; it creates a communication channel between a source transmitter and a receiver at different locations on Earth. Communications satellites are used for television, telephone, radio, internet, and military applications. As of 1 January 2021, there are 2,224 communications satellites in Earth orbit. Most communications satellites are in geostationary orbit 22,300 miles (35,900 km) above the equator, so that the satellite appears stationary at the same point in the sky; therefore the satellite dish antennas of ground stations can be aimed permanently at that spot and do not have to move to track the satellite.
Telstar is the name of various communications satellites. The first two Telstar satellites were experimental and nearly identical. Telstar 1 launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket on July 10, 1962. It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and telegraph images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Telstar 2 launched May 7, 1963. Telstar 1 and 2—though no longer functional—still orbit the Earth.
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