Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny "Sleep Walk" 60 Years Later

Johnny Farina

The Quintessential Steel Guitarist of our contemporary era, Johnny
Farina of “Santo & Johnny” has been touring Europe and America for the
past Fifty years, regularly performing at Concerts and Festivals and has
also been well received in Mexico and Australia, too. “Santo & Johnny”
collected a Gold Record in 1959 for their prolific original instrumental
tune – “Sleep Walk” – which they wrote and released that year. This song
has been covered by more than Two Hundred different artists in its long
history and has been heard in over Twenty Movies, TV Programs and Series
and TV commercials as well, from 1959 to 2013.

Even more remarkable is the fact that this composition has recently been
credited with over Four Million Certified Airplays since its release in

“Santo & Johnny” had a TV Show in Italy and were also inducted into the
Hall of Fame there for the success of their instrumental version of “The
Godfather Theme” –which remained in the Number One position on the
charts in Italy for Twenty Six weeks in 1973, and for which they also
earned a Gold Record.

As a solo artist, Johnny Farina has been recognized, as well, by David
Hinckley of “The Daily News” in 1996, who wrote that this “….’59 hit
instrumental keeps on twanging.”

And Robbie Woliver of “The Long Island Voice” commented in 1998 that
“Sleep Walk” is “….part of our collective being, it’s in our DNA. You
know it, even if you never heard it.” In the same year, Johnny was also
awarded the Long Island Music Awards “Hall of Fame Award” for “Sleep
Walk” at their annual Awards Ceremony.

Capping this Award, “Sleep Walk” was recognized again in 1999 with a
Grammy Award for the Best Pop Instrumental Performance, as recorded the
year before by “The Brian Setzer Orchestra” (Former Front Man and
Guitarist of ”The Stray Cats”).

In 2002, “Santo & Johnny” were inducted into the “Steel Guitar Hall of
Fame” in St. Louis, in acknowledgement of their outstanding work on this
unique instrument over the years. Following that, Johnny was recently
awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2011 for “Sleep Walk” in
recognition of its repeated use in full length feature films at the
“Long Island Film Festival”.

In total, Johnny Farina and “Santo & Johnny” have recorded and released
35 Albums and over 50 Singles worldwide in their career, spanning over
Fifty years to date. And during this performance you will hear such
classic tunes as “Tear Drop” – “All Night Diner” – “Caravan” – and of
course – “Sleep Walk.



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