of the 50s, 60s and beyond....

Santo & Johnny

The brothers Santo & Johnny ( Farina ) added a steel guitar to give their songs a special flavor. THE special song they wrote and  recorded was and is S L E E P W A L K , dating back to 1959.

The list of their songs covers all hits of those days. Many of those instrumentals were also played by other artists or groups.Here are some  examples:  

title

SLEEPWALK

CARAVAN

SUMMERTIME

played by

The Shadows

California Trio

Roy Clark

The Ventures

Sandy Nelson

Jimmy Smith

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My personal top 5

1

Summertime

2

Sleepwalk

3

Venus

4

Crying in the Chapel

5

Annie

1

2

SUMMERTIME Well, who does not know the theme from Porgy&Bess ? But the way these transform it into an instrumental is absolutely unique. Summertime surpasses Sleepwalk and really deserves a mention in my “Hall Of Fame”.

SLEEPWALK - The song is just fabulous and has become a real classic. Even though I prefer THE SHADOWS’ version - still softer and easier to listen to.. Best comment can be read here. 

3

Venus -The instrumental version of an old hit - well done.

4

5

Crying in the Chapel - I wonder if Elvis had listened to it - a great variation of that song.

Annie - well - Joergen Ingman may have even done it better - but it is just such a nice catchy tune - so I put it as a 5th on my chart.

links:

Johnny’s Homepage (the original)

A Tribute to SLEEPWALK