"Telstar", released on Agust 17,
1962, is one of the most successful instrumentals in the music
history. The tune was named after the Telstar commmunications
satellite, which was launched into orbit on July 10, 1962.
Written and produced my Joe Meek, it featured either a
clavioline or the similar Jennings Univox, both keyboard
instruments with distinctive electrinc sounds. It was recorded
in Meek's studio in a small flat above a shop in Holloway Road,
North London. "Telstar" won an Ivor Novello Award and was one of
the earliest pop tracks influenced by science fiction,
absolutely futuristic for its time. It peaked at the top
position in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, and
entered the Top 10 in many other countries around the globe.