Top Song 50 Years Ago; #23

The last song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Telstar” by The Tornados. It was an instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek, and featured a clavioline, a keyboard instrument with a distinctive electronic sound. The song was named after Telstar, the first communications satellite, which was launched in July 1962.

The Tornados were a British instrumental band that mostly acted as a backing band for the British artist Billy Fury.

“Telstar” had the number spot on the Billboard chart for three weeks (Dec. 16 – Jan 5, 1963). It also was the top song on the Cash Box chart for the weeks of Dec. 23 – Jan. 12.