Hello, Santo & Johnny Farina are a guitar duo from Brooklyn, New York. Brothers, Santo-steel guitar, born on October 24, 1937 and Johnny-rhythm guitar, born on April 30, 1941. Their mother Ann Farina helped with songwriting.
The brothers signed a recording contract with Canadian-American Records. There first release was “SLEEP WALK”. Santo & Johnny entered the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1959. On September 21 their record was #1 and it remained at #1 for 2 weeks. “Sleep Walk” had an 18 week run on the Hot 100. It was the last instrumental to hit #1 in the 1950’s. “Sleep Walk” sold well over a million copies and Santo & Johnny were awarded a “Gold Record”.
The record they replaced at #1 was “THE THREE BELLS” by The Browns and the record that took “Sleep Walk’s” place at #1 was, “MACK THE KNIFE by Bobby Darin. On November 30, 1959 Santo & Johnny charted their second hit record. “TEARDROP” was a strong follow-up, climbing the Hot 100 to #23 and staying on the chart for 11 weeks. They would have 4 more Hot 100 hits. In 1964 their last Hot 100 hit, “I’LL REMEMBER (In The Still Of The Night) would peak at #58.
“Sleep Walk” continues to be a popular oldie due to heavy radio airplay as well as being used in commercials, TV shows and movies. Not to mention that it is a great “slow dance” tune. Santo & Johnny were inducted into “The Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame” in 2002. “Sleep Walk” is listed at #26 on the list of the “Top 100 Instrumentals” by Fred Bronson in his book “Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits”. “Sleep Walk”, steel guitar at its best.
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