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Tornados
United Kingdom

Years: 1961 - 1967
Styles: Beat, Classic Rock, Experimental Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Space Rock

Founder

Norman Hale - Keyboards (in band: 1961 - 1962)
Heinz Burt - Bass Guitar (in band: 1961 - 1963)
Clem Cattini - Drums (in band: 1961 - 1964)
Alan Caddy - Guitar, Lead guitar (in band: 1961 - 1964)

Members

George Bellamy - Guitar, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1962 - 1963)
Tab Martin - Bass Guitar (in band: 1963)
Brian Gregg - Bass Guitar (in band: 1963)
Ray Randall - Bass Guitar (in band: 1963 - 1966)
Jimmy O'Brien - Keyboards (in band: 1964 - 1965)
Stuart Taylor - Guitar (in band: 1964 - 1965)
Dave Cameron - Guitar (in band: 1965)
Tony Marsh - Keyboards (in band: 1965)
Bryam Irwin - Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Peter Adams - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Roger Warwick - Keyboards (in band: 1965 - 1966)
Robbie Gayle - Guitar (in band: 1965 - 1967)
Dave Watts - Keyboards (in band: 1965 - 1967)
John Davis - Drums (in band: 1966 - 1967)
Roger Holder - Bass Guitar (in band: 1966 - 1967)
Peter Holder - Guitar (in band: 1966 - 1967)
Robb Huxley - Lead guitar (in band: 1966 - 1967)
Roger La Vern - Keyboards, Organ, Piano (in band: February 1962 - 1963)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture   The house band for pioneering record producer Joe Meek. Their original and classic line-up comprised Alan Caddy (guitar), Clem Cattini (drums), Heinz Burt (bass),  George Bellamy (rhythm guitar, father of Matthew Bellamy, the front man for British alternative rock band Muse) and Roger LaVern (keyboards). Their instrumental material was composed and produced by Meek, and frequently had a futuristic sound which reflected Meek's interest in electronics and sound manipulation.

    Tornados enjoyed several chart hits in their own right, including the UK and U.S. Number One "Telstar" (named after the satellite and composed and produced by Meek), the first U.S. No.1 single by a British group.

     By the time the dust settled, the Tornados had gone hitless for several years, and so had Joe Meek. After numerous personnel changes, the original members scattered to various groups, Heinz Burt starting his own solo career and Cattini becoming a British session mainstay of producer Shel Talmy. The copyright infringement suit was ruled in Meek's favor six years later, a year after he had blown his face off with a hunting rifle after murdering his landlady, ending his life in his beloved but debt-ridden studio.


Albums

The Original Telstar - The Sounds Of The Tornadoes (1962)
Away From It All (Aug, 1963)
Science Fiction (2007)

Singles & EPs

Love And Fury (Mar, 1962)
Telstar / Jungle Fever (Aug, 1962)
The Sounds Of The Tornados (Oct, 1962)
Telstar (Nov, 1962)
Globetrotter (Jan, 1993)
More Sounds From The Tornados (May, 1963)
Robot (Mar 15, 1963)
The Ice Cream Man (May, 1963)
Tornado Rock (Jul, 1963)
Dragonfly (Sep, 1993)
Hot Pot (Feb, 1964)
Monte Carlo (Apr, 1964)
Exodus (Aug 7, 1964)
Granada (Jan 15, 1965)
Early Bird (May 21, 1965)
Stingray (Sep 10, 1965)
Pop-Art Goes Mozart (Mar 4, 1966)
Is That A Ship I Hear (Aug 12, 1966)

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