Telstar by The Tornados was a UK number 1 hit on Thursday, October 4, 1962 spending 5 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. This was the best-selling British single of 1962. It was also the first song by a British group to hit #1 in the US. A French composer named Jean Ledrut sued Meek for plagiarism, claiming that the tune from "Telstar" had been lifted from the score of the 1960 film Austerlitz, for which Ledrut wrote the score. The suit was resolved in Meek's favor, but not until about a year after his death.

Telstar FAQs

Who sang Telstar?

Telstar was performed by The Tornados

What year did Telstar get to the UK number 1 spot?

Telstar first became a UK number 1 on Thursday, October 4, 1962

How long was Telstar at number 1 in the UK?

Telstar spent 5 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.