Telstar
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June 15, 2013
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Roger LaVern (Roger Jackson) R.I.P. (Nov. 11, 1937 – June 15, 2013)

Very sad to hear of Roger’s passing after a long and valiant battle against cancer.   Roger was, initially, the replacement keyboard player for Joe Meek’s Tornados after the departure of the band’s first keyboardist, Norman Hale in 1962. He ended up staying until 1965. The majority of his work on Meek recordings were memorable, [...]

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May 9, 2013
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New episode of The People’s Songs on BBC Radio 2: Telstar – The Sound of the Future

Nice reminiscence of the early 1960′s in the UK and the impact and influence of Joe Meek’s TELSTAR by The Tornados in the latest episode of “The People’s Songs” on BBC Radio 2 – hosted by Stuart Maconie. Have a listen at: The People’s Songs/Telstar – Sound of the Future

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February 19, 2013
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Tim Lucas: Telstar & Me

In 1962, “Telstar” became a #1 record in the United States – the first British band recording ever to earn that distinction. I was only five years old when Joe Meek and The Tornados recorded it; when it was inundating the Top 40 airwaves, I was six and being raised by my widowed mother and [...]

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February 19, 2013
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Telstar, Tim Lucas & Me

I’ve asked my friend and mentor, Tim Lucas, to address on this site his personal impressions of Joe Meek’s song, TELSTAR. For those unfamiliar with Tim’s “credentials”, let me try to boil it down to a brief, contained nutshell: with several of his teen years spent writing for “Cinfantastique” magazine in the 1970′s, then writing [...]

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February 16, 2013
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Telstar’s TELSTAR

Telstar (the band) was formed in 2011 by Eva Gardner (former bass player for Mars Volta and daughter of Kim Gardner, bass player for The Creation and The Birds), Chris Unck (producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist) and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Stew Heyduk. Like their inspiration Joe Meek’s top tunes, their recordings are deceptively light, amiable pop – but underneath [...]

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