Santo & Johnny

Santo & Johnny were two brothers from Brooklyn who had a huge number one instrumental hit in 1959 and several lesser hits.

Santo Farina was born in 1937 and his brother Johnny in 1941, both in Brooklyn, New York. Santo played steel guitar and Johnny played rhythm guitar. They wrote and recorded Sleep Walk and leased it to Canadian American Records in 1959. The song became an instrumental hit, and it reached the number one spot on the pop charts.

They followed Sleep Walk with five lesser entries on the charts from 1959 to 1964, the most successful of which was Tear Drop. They had some hit albums that featured their unique sound, including Santo & Johhny and Encore in 1960, and Hawaii in 1961.

Most Recent Update: October 10, 2000

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