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    Born in London, United Kingdom
    1962 Line-Up:
    Clem Cattini, drums
    Alan Caddy, lead guitar
    George Bellamy, rhythm guitar
    Heinz Burt, bass guitar
    Roger LaVern, keyboards
    Backing band for singer Billy Fury and producer Joe Meek
    Recorded the singles 'Telstar' (1962), 'Globetrotter' (1963), 'Robot' (1963) and 'The Ice Cream Man' (1963)
    On records, their name was spelled with a '-dos' ending in Britain, '-does' in America.
    They were one-hit wonders in the US.
    Shortly after the success of 'Telstar,' the band began breaking up as Meek convinced Heinz to launch a solo career.
    The last original member quit in 1965, but Meek hired a new batch of musicians to carry on.
    'Telstar' hit #1 in the US and UK and sold over five million singles.
    They were the first British band to top the US charts, beating the British invasion by over a year.
    Clem Cattini became one of the most in-demand session musicians in England, playing on 44 UK #1 singles.
    George Bellamy is the father of Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy.

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