Sunday, June 23, 2013
R.I.P.: Roger LaVern
Roger LaVern, the keyboard player for the Tornados of Telstar fame, died on Saturday, June 15, 2013. He was 74.
LaVern, who was born Roger Jackson, was not the first keyboardist for the Tornados. That honor would go to Jimmy O'Brien; however, O'Brien left in 1962 and LaVern was brought in as a replacement. At the time, the Tornadoes were the backing band for British icon Billy Fury along with occasionally recording on the side.
On July 10, 1962, the communications satellite known as Telstar was launched into orbit and the Tornados capitalized on the worldwide publicity by releasing an instrumental of the same name. MORE HERE.
Telstar: Complete Tornados