Sleepwalk 45 by Santo And Johnny

Santo and Johnny Farina were brothers born in Brooklyn, New York. Santo played a steel guitar and Johnny the rhythm guitar. While in school they were regulars on the dance and party circuit. Their big break came when they wrote “Sleepwalk” with their sister Ann. They signed to the brand new label Canadian-American, who released the song as a single.

“Sleepwalk” entered the BILLBOARD Hot 100 on July 27, 1959, and eight weeks later on September 21, 1959, it reached number one where it remained for two weeks. It was the last number one instrumental of the 1950’s.

The song has a plaintive quality that just takes your mind away to different places. The steel guitar is the key to the music.

Santo and Johnny remained active into the mid-1970’s but would never duplicate the success of their greatest hit. Today Santo is semi-retired while Johnny remains active in the music industry. They have left behind one of the most recognizable instrumentals in rock and roll history.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: