Number 1 Hits–Santo & Johnny–“SLEEP WALK”

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.


Till the next time—Joe



Hello,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Before making it as a super star PAUL SIMON recorded as “Tico And The Triumphs”, “Jerry Landis”, “Tom & Jerry” (with Art Garfunkel) and charted Top 100 hits using each name.  In 1965 as part of the great folk-rock duo of  SIMON & GARFUNKEL they reached Billboard’s  Hot 100 with their first #1 hit “SOUNDS OF SILENCE” on Columbia Records.

Here are Paul’s pre Simon & Garfunkel, charted hits:  “MOTORCYCLE”-TICO AND THE TRIUMPHS #99……”THE LONE TEEN RANGER-JERRY LANDIS #97 and “HEY, SCHOOLGIRL-TOM & JERRY #49.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1965 Bobby Rydell charted his last Billboard Hot 100 hit to date with a song that was originally recorded by Paul Anka, Can you name it?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe