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.

YOU CAN SEE A VIDEO OF SANTO & JOHNNY ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE.

Till the next time—Joe

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TRIVIA TEASER-101

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