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November 17, 2020
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The Space Race (on record)

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 on October 4th, 1957 – The small craft successfully orbited the Earth for about three weeks before it’s batteries gave out.

The U.S. was shocked and so we entered into the new era of the “Space Race”.

Sputnik I

Actually the United States was the first to announce that a ‘launch’ was eminent telling the world this message in the Summer of 1955.  When the Soviets heard this they kicked it into high gear and beat the U.S. to the punch – but it would take two additional years to accomplish.

If you were around after this launch you probably joined your neighbors heading out into the front or back yard at night to catch a glimpse of Sputnik I traversing the horizon.

Ms. Cosmonaut

The Soviets not only beat us to the punch with Sputnik but also sent the first human to space – Yuri Gagarin in April of 1961.  They followed that up by putting the first woman into space – Valentina Tereshkova – on June 16th, 1963.

The U.S. entry into this race did not begin well.  “Vanguard TV-3” was launched on December 6th, 1957.  Just seconds after it’s launch it exploded earning the title of “Flopnik”.

“Flopnik TV-3

Then a few months later the satellite “Explorer 1” successfully penetrated space – weighing a whopping 18 and half pounds – on January 31st, 1958.

“Sputnik 2” was launched on November 3rd, 1957.  There were a total of five actual “Sputniks” but Americans would lump many future Soviet vessels as “Sputniks”.

The famous “Telstar” satellite was launched on July 10th, 1962 and became known for transmitting TV pictures, telephone calls and much more.  A year later Telstar 2 was launched.

Telstar 1 – Still Crazy After All These Years

And today, if you have the right equipment, you can still head out into the yard to view both Telstar 1 and 2 – neither no longer transmitting but both chugging along!

Sputnik I and II both eventually fell from the friendly skies.

Sad Times for Fury Friends In Space

The very first non-human space travelers were fruit flies who were launched in early 1947 by the U.S. in a V-2 rocket.  The capsule returned to earth successfully and the flies were found alive.

Monkeys had a much more difficult time with the space program – The first monkey – “Albert” was launched in a rocket in the Summer of 1948 passing away during the flight from suffocation.  “Albert II completed a successful flight but would perish on return flight impact when his parachute failed.

Alberts III and IV also perished in flight.  Two thirds of all space bound monkeys perished either in space or back on earth as a result of the effects of space travel.  Mice were rocketed into space – the first nameless mouse in August of 1950 – He too perished due to a failed parachute.

Poor Little Laika – A Brave Traveler

The Russian dog Laika became the first animal to orbit the earth and was the first dog to take the ride.  She was launched on November 3rd, 1957.  Little Laika was a stray dog who was found wandering the streets of Moscow before she was tapped for fame.

But fame was fleeting as poor Laika died a few hours after launch – something the world did not learn about until the year 2000.  Since that time the Russians decided to memorialize Laika (real name “Kudryavka”) with a monument.  Many dogs would follow in the Soviet Union – all the way up to the launch of Russia’s first cosmonaut.

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Our Little Ham

Two monkeys – Able and Baker were the first monkeys to survive space travel after their 1959 flight both traveling together.  Able was from Independence, Kansas and Baker was from Peru.

In late 1960 three more mice made the trip – Sally, Amy and Moe – They not only survived, they did quite well after returning.

Americans are most familiar with the chimpanzee “Ham” who went into space on January 31st of 1961.  He was endangered when his capsule suddenly lost pressure but his little space suit saved him.

His 16 minute flight did result in a bruised nose but Ham would live on – passing away in 1983 at the assumed age of 26!  Ham had a definite purpose on his trip.  He was trained to pull levers and turn gizmos to demonstrate performing tasks while in space travel.  Ham would be followed soon when Alan Shepard became the first American to enter outer space.

The first chimp to orbit the earth successfully was Enos who made the trip on November 29th, 1961.

Little Enos – He Be Spinnin’ Around (the Earth)

After that it seemed that humans just couldn’t send enough animals to space – with the U.S., Soviet Union, France and China all competing.

And who were the first animals to orbit the Moon were – who would have thought – two tortoises sent by the Soviet Union.  And then there were “Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum and Phooey” – five mice who circled the Moon a record 75 times while their human travel companions – astronauts of Apollo 17, became the last humans to walk on the moon

Space Cover Store

Well, this just goes on and on of course… but we digress…  I just wish that the little animals had not perished….

Satellite/Sputnik Selected Discography

The following discography includes records by musicians with references to Satellites, Spaceships, Rockets and more in their titles.  I attempted to list groups by the name of “The Satellites” who are not the same group)

45 – Alan Freed & Others with George Cates’ Outer Spacers – Coral 61693 – The Space Man – August, 1956

45 – Bob Roubian – Prep 101 – Rocket To the Moon – April, 1957

45 – Johnny Henderson – High Time 177 – Rocket In My Pocket – April, 1957

45 – Winifred Atwell & Her Piano – London 1750 – Space Ship Boogie – July, 1957

45 – Bobby Day and the Satellites – August, 1957

45 – Tony Perkins – RCA Victor 7078 – Rocket To the Moon – October, 1957

45 – Buchanan and Goodman with Paul Sherman – Luniverse 107 – Santa & The Satellite Parts 1 and 2 Number 32 Hot 100 – November, 1957

(Both sides charted equally)

45 – Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones – ABC-Paramount 9867 – Rocket – November, 1957

45 – Jerry Engler and the Four Ekkos – Brunswick 55037 – Sputnik (Satellite Girl) – November, 1957

45 – Jimmie Haskell & His Orchestra with Big Jay Sputnik – Imperial 5480 – Rockin’ In the Orbit (Space Satellite) – November, 1957

45 – Skip Stanley – Satellite 92 – Satellite Baby – November, 1957

45 – Jessie Belvin – Modern 1027 – My Satellite – November, 1957

Bill Carlisle – RCA Victor 7132 – Tiny Space Man – December, 1957

45 – Al Barkle With the Tri-Tones – Vita 173 – Sputnik II – December, 1957

45 – Paul Perryman – Duke 181 – Satellite Fever-Asiatic Flu – December, 1957

45 – Allan Ford – M-R 1454 – The Earth Satellite – 1957

45 – Joe Nettles with the Satellites – 1957

45 – Wimpy Rosner & His Jolly Dutchmen – WFB 226 – Satellite Polka – 1957

45 – The 3 Honeydrops – Music City 814 – Rockin’ Satellite – 1957

45 – Cactus Pryor – Starday 340 – Sputnik Parts 1 and 2 – January, 1958

45 – Narvel Felts – Mercury 71249 – Rocket Ride – January, 1958

45 – Narvel Felts – Mercury 71265 – Rocket Ride Stroll – March, 1958

45 – Bob and Jerry – Rendezvous 100 – Ghost Satellite – March, 1958

45 – Joe Tate & The Hi Fives – Roulette 4059 – Satellite Rock March, 1958

45 – Lonnie Miley – Kix 102 – Satellite Fever-Asiatic Flu – March, 1958

45 – E. Tiny Watkins – Sandy 1009 – Rockin’ Satellite – March, 1958

45 – Gene Wisniewski & His Harmony Bells Orchestra – Dana 3277 – Satellite Polka – March, 1958

45 – Jimmy Lloyd – Roulette 4062 – I Got A Rocket In My Pocket – March, 1958

45 – Billy Hogan & The Twilighters – Vena 101 – Shake It Over Sputnik – April, 1958

45 – Lil Randolph – Chock 103 – Satellite Love – May, 1958

45 – Billy Mitchell & The Basie-ites – Imperial 5520 – Satellite Beep Bop – May, 1958

45 – Bill Thomas – Cullman 6402 – The Sputnik Story – May, 1958

45 – Leon Evans – De Besth 1111 – Satellite Beep Bop – May, 1958

45 – Lenny Welch – Decca 30637 – Rocket To the Moon – June, 1958

45 – The Satellites – United Artists 141 – August, 1958

45 – The Click-Clacks – Apt 25032 – Rocket Roll – October, 1958

45 – Dusty Boyd & The Rockers – Mark 135 – Rock, Rock, Rocket Ship – October, 1958

45 – Galen Denny – Liberty 55164 – Gonna Build a Rocket – October, 1958

45 – Teresa Brewer – Coral 62057 – Satellite – November, 1958

45 – Pat & The Satellites – Atco 6131 – December, 1958

45 – Jesse Lee Turner – Carlton 496 – The Little Space Girl – Number 20 Hot 100 – December, 1958

45 – Lou Donaldson – Blue Note 1713 – Sputnik Parts 1 and 2 – December,1958

45 – The Rebelaires Featuring Sammy Smith – Wee ReBel 102 – Satellite Rock – 1958

45 – Little Esther Tucker – Fortune 843 – Gonna Get Me A Satellite – 1958

45 – Bob March – Tee Vee 303 – Blast Off With Captain Satellite Parts 1 & 2 – 1958

45 – Anita Veal & Bob Hooks – Sky 112 – Sputnik – 1958

45 – Rege Cordic And Cast – RCA Victor Bluebird Children’s Series 92 – Omicron and the Sputnik Parts 1 and 2 – 1958

45 EP – The Equadors – RCA Victor 4286 – Sputnik Dance – 1958

45 – Eddie Williams & His Echo Valley Boys – Mopic – I Want A Rocket Ship For Christmas – 1958

45 – Ray Anderson & The Home Folks – Starday 342 – Sputniks & Mutniks – 1958

45 – Nick Kearns & His Satellites – 1958

45 – Ernie Reck and His Country Playboys – Soma 1093 – Sputnik Polka – 1958

45 – Lynn Vernon – Cover 5932 – Moon Rocket – March, 1959

45 – Bobby Bare – Fraternity 848 – Sputnik No. 2 – June, 1959

45 – The Satellites – Cupid 5004 – June, 1959

45 – Dell Shirley & Joe Brown & The Pussycats – Logan 3118 – Cliff’s Rocket – September, 1959

45 – The Three Stooges – Colpix 120 – Have Rocket, Will Travel Parts 1 and 2 – September, 1959

45 – Ray Ellis and His Orchestra and Chorus – MGM 12768 – The First Man In Space – 1959

45 – The Swingin’ Rocks – Esta 1001 – Satellite Rock Parts 1 & 2 – 1959

45 – Vernon Green & The Medallions – Dooto 454 – Rocket Ship – January, 1960

45 – Collay & The Satellites – Sho-Biz 1002 – February, 1960

45 – DMG 4001 – The Satellites – May, 1960

45 – Donald Duck & Scrooge – Disneyland 702 – Money Rocket Parts 1 and 2 – June, 1960

45 – Carlo & Jimmy – Laurie 3063 – Rockin’ Rocket – July, 1960

Carlo Mastrangelo was a member of Dion and the Belmonts

45 – Red Wilson – Plaid 1002 – Let Me Be Your Satellite – August, 1960

45 – Ray Sawyer – Sandy 1030 – Rockin’ Satellite – September, 1960

45 – The Missles – Novel 200 – Space Ship – September, 1960

45 – Roosevelt Sykes – Prestige Bluesville 810 – Satellite Baby – October, 1960

45 – Hannibal – Pan World 521 – Sputnik 69 – October, 1960

45 – Wally Dean – Artic 103 – Saddle Up A Satellite – November, 1960

45 – The Satellites – Palace 102 – November, 1960

45 – Chris Kenner – Ron 335 – Rocket To the Moon – 1960

45 – Ronny & The Satellites – Rose 1001 – 1960

45 – The Satellites – Nugget 1009 – 1960

45 – Lynn Reed and the Rays – Dial 2217 – My Traveling Satellite – 1960

45 – Pete Bennett – Silver Bird 1019 – Rocket Twist Stage 3 b/w Rocket Twist Stage 2 – April, 1961

45 – The Satellites – Checker 1789 – May, 1961

45 – Mel Blanc – Capitol 32122 – Woody Woodpecker and His Space Ship – May, 1961

45 – The McGuire Sisters – Coral 62276 – Will There Be Space In a Space Ship – June, 1961

45 – Jimmy Elledge – RCA Victor 7910 – June, 1961

45 – Phil Waddell – Lupine 122 – Rock Walk – 1961

45 – Jackie Lowell with Duane Diamond and the Astronauts – Band Box 266 – 1961

45 – Eddie Dean – Sage 338 – Rocket To Heaven – 1961

45 EP – Patsy Prescott – Loyal 150 – Man In Space – 1961

45 – Junior Garner with the Sangamon Boys – Dixie 907 – Mr. Satellite – 1961

45 – Mike Lawing – Skylark 111 – Chimpanzee Rocket Ride – 1961

45 – The Rockets – Band Box 279 – Rocket Polka – 1961

45 – Wilhelm Walther – Pleasant Pleasant – Rocket Pilot – 1961

45 – Jeff Hughes – Karen 59 – Our Space Man Did Come Back – April, 1962

45 – A.C. Ducey – Warner Bros. 5285 – Space Man – June, 1962

45 – The Countdowns – Rori 706 – Satellite Dan – June, 1962

45 – The Reflections – Crossroads 402 – Rocket To the Moon – July, 1962

45 – The Tornadoes – London 9561 – Telstar Number 1 for 3 Weeks – September, 1962

45 – Dick Wayne & The Satellites – November, 1962

45 – Randy & The Rockets – Jin 161 – Rocket’s Twist – 1962

45 – The Mighty  Confuser – Cab 2017 – Space Man Glenn – 1962

45 – Brother J.D. Jarvis – Ark 239 – Space Ship No. 2 – 1962

45 – Dick Douglas – Northway Sound 1005 – Rocket Ride – 1962

45 – Tippie & Her Friends – Sound-O-Rama 109 – Santa’s Rocket Ship – 1962

45 – Bethea and the Cap-Tans – Sabu 102 – ‘Round the Rocket – October, 1963

LP – The Tornadoes – London 3279 – The Original Telstar – December, 1963

45 – Mary Ellen – Gramo 104 – Moon Rocket – 1963

45 – Glen Holden’s Astro-Notes – Troubador 6 – Rocket To the Moon – 1963

45 – Stan Beaver – Petal 1012 – I Got A Rocket In My Pocket – 1963

45 – Cara Stewart – Lectron 10889 – Our Space Ship – 1963

45 EP – J.D. Jarvis & The Rocky Mountain Boys – The Rocket Ship Song – Melody 102 – 1964

45 – Andre Brasseur – 4 Corners of the World – Early Bird Satellite – October, 1965

45 – Art Pettibone – Nashville 5252 – Moon Rocket – 1965

45 – Kathy Hawk – Apt-to 501 – Rocket To the Moon – 1966

LP – Elvis Presley – RCA 6089 – Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite – February, 1973

LP – The Tornadoes – London 3293 – The Sounds Of The Tornadoes – March, 1963

45 – Leroy Thompson & His Swingtime Playboys – Mik-Er-Phone 1165 – Date with Sputnik – Year Unknown

45 – (Artist Not Listed) – Q-Tape Recording Co. 1 – Satellite (Eye In the Sky) Parts 1 and 2 – Year Unknown