Excitement (page 2 of 3)

Mobilizing Minds: Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik

Excitement (page 2 of 3)

"Go! Sputnik Boogie" by David Carr Glover, 1957

The sound of Sputnik quickly found its way into popular music. Glover, a composer and arranger in Virginia, published this sheet music. Piano students playing it imitated the "beep – beep – beep" of Sputnik. They also sang such lyrics as "Don't stop! Don't flop! On our heads below."
 

"Satellite Beep Bop," sung by Billy Mitchell and the Basie-ites, 1958

The sound of satellites made it into other recordings. Tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell of Detroit recorded this piece with several other members of Count Basie's legendary jazz orchestra.
"" Listen to a clip of "Satellite Beep Bop"
 

"Sputnik Rock and Roll," sung by Rock-Krister, 1958 and 1965

The Swedish rock musician Rock-Krister initially recorded this song in 1958, and included it on this retrospective recording of 1965.
"" Listen to a clip of "Sputnik Rock and Roll"
 

"Hey Maryann" and "My Love is Gone," sung by The Sputniks, 1957

Musical groups in Scandinavia, Brazil, East Germany, and the United States took the name "The Sputniks." This doo-wop recording is by a short-lived American group.
"" Listen to a clip of "Hey Maryann"
 

"Sputnik Dance," sung by The Equadors, 1958

Alan Turner, the lead singer in a Philadelphia rhythm and blues band named The Equadors, composed this song, which the group recorded in early 1958. The band later renamed itself The Modern Ink Spots and performed for several years.
"" Listen to a clip of "Sputnik Dance"