Santo & Johnny

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": oldies instrumental 50s surf guitar 60s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Individual Artists: Santo
Links online: Allmusic Lyrics Wikipedia

Biography

Santo Farina (24 October 1937, Brooklyn, New York, USA; steel guitar) and Johnny Farina (b. 30 October 1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA; rhythm guitar, steel guitar). Santo and Johnny’s father, a serviceman, had found the steel guitar on C&W records very soothing when he was overseas. He encouraged his children to learn the instrument and was impressed when they wrote an instrumental, ‘Sleep Walk’, which was released on the Canadian-American label. (The record label and the publicity referred to a third composer, Ann Farina, who was supposedly a sister. This was a mistake - they did not even have a sister.) Although the haunting sound could easily be duplicated today, it was highly original for 1959. The record topped the US charts, selling over two million copies, but only made number 22 in the UK. Since then, the tune has become a standard and there are versions by the Ventures, the Shadows and, with words, Caterina Valente. Santo And Johnny had...

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