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Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny

Lost_N_Austin
August 26th, 2005, 02:02 PM
Sleepwalk – Santo and Johnny
Link to a picture =
HERE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000009EYC/ref=dp_product-image-only_0/002-1791367-8783228?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=5174&s=music)

In August 1959 Sleepwalk reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40 list.

I got curious about what ever happened to Santo and Johnny so I researched the Web to see what I could find. What follows is no doubt true because it was out there in Cyberspace for me to plagiarize but I’ll give credit where I can so you can go there and consider the source.

Here are some interesting facts about the guys who wrote the song Sleepwalk, a song that has been played officially, well over Two Million times on the airwaves and is still played as many as 1,800 times a year on the radio to this day. It is played in Austin Texas by Redd Volkaert several times a week and hopefully every Saturday afternoon at the Continental Club, always a favorite. Amanda’s favorite song can’t be all bad.

Santo and Johnny Farina were brothers born in Brooklyn, New York, Santo October 24, 1937 and Johnny April 30, 1941. Santo played Steel guitar and he got his brother Johnny to play Rhythm Guitar. You can get a lot of information from here including an mp3 just by clicking in This Link (http://www.sleep-walk.com/) . and This Link with pictures (http://www.history-of-rock.com/santo_and_johnny.htm)

Sleepwalk was written and performed by Santo and Johnny in 1950’s with the help of their mother. They produced numerous albums, have performed all over the world and have been inducted into the steel guitar players Hall of Fame. In 1976, the duo broke up with Santo continuing to record internationally. Johnny still performs shows and has a schedule posted at Another Link (http://www.sleep-walk.com/) . See a picture of Johnny today at picture (http://www.santoandjohnny.com/)

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. Sleepwalk’s got WORDS :shock: source link (http://www.oldies.com/artist/view.cfm/id_2934.html)
Link to a picture of Santo & Johnny=
photo (http://www.recordresearch.com/Album_Photos/pages/Santo%20And%20Johnny.htm)

Tim Armstrong
August 26th, 2005, 02:24 PM
Great post!

However, you might consider fixing the links so they don't make the page a mile wide, see like this (http://www.tdpri.com/viewtopic.php?t=38555) to learn how!

Cheers, Tim

Mark Davis
August 26th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Sleepwalk is one of the best songs of all time.

Just like Jimis version of the Star Spangled Banner is an icon for the 60's Sleepwalk is an icon for the 50's.

Everytime I hear Sleepwalk I cant help but think about the girls on American Bandstand in their poodle skirts dancing in a line.

Jakedog
August 26th, 2005, 02:40 PM
I love that song. So relaxing, it always takes me to good places.

As a side note, I had a TON of fun with it several years ago by converting it into a 4/4 up-tempo jump swing tune. It works great.

Jake

Glen W
August 26th, 2005, 02:47 PM
I remember when Sleepwalk was a hit on the radio. I played that song in my first school-days garage/ surf band back in the '60s, and I've also played it in recent times with blues bands. I don't think this song will ever become uncool.

Chris S.
August 26th, 2005, 02:50 PM
Love it, play it every chance I get. :-)

(Super secret opening harmonic lick: shhhhh! Don't tell anyone...) ;-)
G harmonic at 12th fret, "A" harmonic at 7th fret of D string, high E harmonic at 12th fret, B harmonic at 12th fret... then reach back and add vibrato by bending the ringers from behind the nut... oh, yeah. ;-) Hee.

Cool post, thx. :-) CS

Oster
August 26th, 2005, 02:55 PM
I love that song.

You can really hear how it influenced Fleetwood Mac's 'Albatross'.

cowboytwang
August 26th, 2005, 03:06 PM
In August 1959 Sleepwalk reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40 list.

The sad thing is, that was also the last time a steel guitar instrumental made it on the charts.

chipl
August 26th, 2005, 03:15 PM
That song hooked me the first time I heard it on a Murray the K compilation LP issued around 1965. (Murray was a 60s NY DJ, the so called 5th Beatle, who also sponsored shows in the NYC area, as well as lending his name to a series of oldies compilation LPs)

I have played this tune in a few bands, and I just love how it takes the usual C-Am-F-G progression and uses an F minor instead of the F major to soften and sleepify the tune...plus it has a great single string-type melody line that's fun to play/practice.

Didn't Santo and Johnny have a follow-up hit, maybe one with vocals?

Lost_N_Austin
August 26th, 2005, 03:25 PM
However, you might consider fixing the links so they don't make the page a mile wide, see like this to learn how!

Cheers, Tim

Thanks Tim: Looks like somebody fixed it for me. Thing is it looked okay in my preview browser.

I wonder if in 50 years they will be playing "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" or "Alcohol" (sorry Brad) on the Radio or whatever replaces Radio by then?

Mr. Sparkle
August 26th, 2005, 03:26 PM
Setzer does a killer version of this on the 1991 Stray Cats disc Choo Choo Hot Fish. Definitely worth checking out.

Geo
August 26th, 2005, 03:53 PM
It was the ultimate slow dance song in it's original time.
I remember listening to that whole Santo and Johnny
LP when it was fairly new.

Larry Carlton did a pretty cool version of it.

purpletele
August 26th, 2005, 05:41 PM
Thanks for that.

My favorite song of all time. What an ear for voicings!!!I finally tracked down an original LP last Winter.

Cool..

maestrovert
August 26th, 2005, 06:19 PM
GREAT tune !!!

ah, memories....
i remember layin' awake as a 10 or 11 yr. old, on a warm summer's night, window open, slight breeze and my radio on waaay low, mind's eye on a hula girl on a beach somewhere's....

nowadays, i'm livin' onna beach onna island, but no hula girls in sight...just retirees huntin' shells....(sigh)

oh, well.....i got it half right, anyways... :wink:

Thanks Chris S for the harmonic thang....i had it figgered out Lenny Breau style, lotsa work !

Colo Springs E
August 26th, 2005, 09:45 PM
....ever been used in a thriller or psycho killer type movie? I've always thought it'd make a good backdrop to a killer plotting a murder/scoping out a victim.

-Eric

Geo
August 26th, 2005, 11:33 PM
....ever been used in a thriller or psycho killer type movie? I've always thought it'd make a good backdrop to a killer plotting a murder/scoping out a victim.

It was used in a Stephen King movie and "Eddie and
the Cruisers". No doubt a few more than those ones.

Danny Gatton did a version of it also.

Joel Terry
August 26th, 2005, 11:41 PM
....ever been used in a thriller or psycho killer type movie? I've always thought it'd make a good backdrop to a killer plotting a murder/scoping out a victim.

-Eric

That's very Martin Scorsese of you, Eric. :wink:

As for "Sleepwalk," I agree with Mark--even though I wasn't fortunate enough to have been around for the 1950s, in my mind, "Sleepwalk" is the musical idyll for that decade.

Actually, when I was younger and was learning to play, I always loved playing "Sleepwalk" on my Stratocaster, using the vibrato bar to imitate the glissandos and vibrato of Santo Farina's steel guitar melody. And even though I had heard and played "Sleepwalk" countless times and really loved it, I never knew its title for the longest time, which really aggravated me. I remember playing it on my guitar for my parents and other people of my folks' age and asking them what it was called, but, amazingly, no one knew the title. I think I finally learned it was called "Sleepwalk" from an old '50s music compilation LP I heard when I was 13 or 14. :wink:

Lost_N_Austin, thanks for the original post. Great thread. And, Chris--thanks a million for the pointer on those harmonics! :D

Joel

Flaco
August 27th, 2005, 02:32 AM
Love it, play it every chance I get. :-)

(Super secret opening harmonic lick: shhhhh! Don't tell anyone...) ;-)
G harmonic at 12th fret, "A" harmonic at 7th fret of D string, high E harmonic at 12th fret, B harmonic at 12th fret... then reach back and add vibrato by bending the ringers from behind the nut... oh, yeah. ;-) Hee.

Cool post, thx. :-) CS

It works great to use the volume knob to do volume swells on those too, makes it even more steel guitar sounding.

Rick S
August 27th, 2005, 03:59 AM
I've worked on this one quite a bit, and the best I've been able to do is with a Strat whammy. About the time I think I'm pulling it of reasonably well, I hear it on steel and I'm back to thinking I'm sounding lame.

I haven't heard Setzer do it, and would really like to hear Redd's version. I'm thinking this would be a great thread to see a MP3 flood.

So....I strike a harmonic as I grab the whang bar and simultaneously swell the volume knob...have mercy....

TG
August 27th, 2005, 04:41 AM
Y'know...I'm not sure I've ever heard it. Maybe in the back ground somewhere but I can't bring it to mind.
But I've got Jeff Beck's version and on the StratPack DVD Hank Marvin does it. Nice tune.

Joe Harris
August 27th, 2005, 08:20 AM
Another example of how simple production is the best way to go. When I found out S&J were from New York I couldn't believe it ... listening to that groove I could have swore they were from the SW USA.

barnbustud
August 27th, 2005, 09:11 AM
The joe satriani version really cool too.



http://sg1.allmusic.com/cg/smp.dll?link=x0jhpzcken49ybamf8uz99p&r=20.asx

chickenpicker
August 27th, 2005, 04:43 PM
... has an ace lick at one point, that finds its way into (probably) far too many of my solos!

I've not heard Jeff Beck's or Joe Satriani's versions. It is a brilliant tune, so I'll see if I can find them.

txspreacher
August 27th, 2005, 04:53 PM
there's an instrumental that invokes an image. "Sleepwalk" is such a tune. The title and the sound, the mood it creates, the structure, the movement, and Santo's nuances all work perfect. This would be on my top 5 favorite songs of all time...

Rick Towne
August 27th, 2005, 04:59 PM
the best tune never done by the Hellecasters....
Any other notable versions not yet mentioned?

petebradt
August 27th, 2005, 08:01 PM
I play it on a Strat tuned to G.

I don't think justice can be done to the song without the slide, whether it's steel or Spanish. We also throw a brige into it where the piano player takes it. It's fun!

TG
August 27th, 2005, 09:53 PM
... has an ace lick at one point, that finds its way into (probably) far too many of my solos!

I've not heard Jeff Beck's or Joe Satriani's versions. It is a brilliant tune, so I'll see if I can find them.


The Jeff Beck version is on the 'Beckology' 3 CD set....which every guitarist should own anyway.

His version of 'The Stumble' rocks as well.

zane
August 28th, 2005, 04:07 AM
I dig the song also ,heard it mucho times ...or so i thought ...BUT... you ain't never heard it till you hear Redd play it . I saw him yesterday ,& he took that song to a totally different place & time. :shock:

slauson slim
August 29th, 2005, 01:11 AM
Bought the single when it first came out back when...still have it. Still evocative.

barnbustud
August 29th, 2005, 04:57 AM
there's an instrumental that invokes an image. "Sleepwalk" is such a tune. The title and the sound, the mood it creates, the structure, the movement, and Santo's nuances all work perfect. This would be on my top 5 favorite songs of all time...

http://www.foreverjoe.com/videosaudio.htm

its at the bottom beside the pic of satriani in his red shirt..enjoy!

J. Hayes
August 29th, 2005, 08:38 AM
For the melody line try this. Have you index finger on the 1st string at the 8th fret and your ring finger on the second string at the 10th fret. Pick both strings and then slide up two frets so the index will be at the 10th fret and the ring finger at the 12th fret. Place the little finger on the 1st string at the 12th fret, then while the ring finger is still on the 2nd string at the 12th fret bend it up a half from a B to a C note. The next move would be to slide back and wind up fretting the 1st and 2nd strings at the 8th fret. After that, fret the 2nd string with your index finger at the 6th fret and the 1st string with your little finger at the 8th fret. On the 2nd string hammer on with your ring finger to the 8th fret then bend it up a half tone and release it then pick the starting fingering of this move (F on 2nd string, C on 1st string) After this you go back to the start and repeat. Once you try it you'll hear the notes and you'll know the meter if you're familar with this tune.......JH in Va.

barnbustud
September 17th, 2005, 10:47 AM
For the melody line try this. Have you index finger on the 1st string at the 8th fret and your ring finger on the second string at the 10th fret. Pick both strings and then slide up two frets so the index will be at the 10th fret and the ring finger at the 12th fret. Place the little finger on the 1st string at the 12th fret, then while the ring finger is still on the 2nd string at the 12th fret bend it up a half from a B to a C note. The next move would be to slide back and wind up fretting the 1st and 2nd strings at the 8th fret. After that, fret the 2nd string with your index finger at the 6th fret and the 1st string with your little finger at the 8th fret. On the 2nd string hammer on with your ring finger to the 8th fret then bend it up a half tone and release it then pick the starting fingering of this move (F on 2nd string, C on 1st string) After this you go back to the start and repeat. Once you try it you'll hear the notes and you'll know the meter if you're familar with this tune.......JH in Va.

interesting! would help if theres a video,.

Rob Rent
September 26th, 2005, 04:45 PM
in "Christine"...the movie about that demon late 50s Plymouth?

yegbert
September 26th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Danny Gatton's version of Sleepwalk was the first of his playing I had ever heard.

T Prior
September 26th, 2005, 05:39 PM
He attends some Steel Guitar shows around the US. I did see him I think last year ( 2004 ) at St Louis.

He played Sleepwalk , and he got inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

Tele295
September 26th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Sleepwalk is my favorite song of all time, and I play it at every gig.

Hey Chris - don't be givin' away my super secret lick now. It's the only thing I do that other guitar players think is cool! :lol:

I probably have a dozen different versions of it - Gatton, Kirchen (with a whistle solo over the F chord middle part), Larry Carlton, Setzer did it 2x, the Three Suns, Scotty Anderson, etc etc.

beez
September 26th, 2005, 07:10 PM
Santo's tone is actually pretty hot as well.....despite the slow dance feel of this, you can tell he was cranked up.

Beck version was put out first on a soundtrack for some movie called "Frankie's House", and he did it with Jeb Lieber.

Paul in Colorado
September 26th, 2005, 10:11 PM
I've done some buckle rubbin' slow dancin' to that song that led to some sweet romance, so there will always be a place in my heart for that song. :wink:

It's fun to play, too.

agent2x4
September 27th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Setzer does a version with his orchestra (it won a grammy), and he has 1 or 2 other versions as well. I think the version with the big band sounds the best.

bug music
September 27th, 2005, 04:56 PM
Setzer does a version with his orchestra (it won a grammy), and he has 1 or 2 other versions as well. I think the version with the big band sounds the best.
I love his version, with the full orchestra. I was listening to it in the car today. Does anyone know what chords he uses for the melody line ? I play it using doublestops on the A and B strings and it just doesn't sound as full. I've tried sitting and sounding out the chords, but usually just end up listening in the end. :)

agent2x4
September 27th, 2005, 05:39 PM
There must be some tab somewhere....hc or olga?

Tele295
September 27th, 2005, 07:23 PM
I love his version, with the full orchestra. I was listening to it in the car today. Does anyone know what chords he uses for the melody line ? I play it using doublestops on the A and B strings and it just doesn't sound as full. I've tried sitting and sounding out the chords, but usually just end up listening in the end. :)

Brian is using full 4+ note chords. I've seen him do it live and on the BSO DVD. The first main melody chords are ||: C, Am7, Fm, G-G#13 - G : ||

--8--------------1-----3-----4-----3--1
--8--------8----1------------6--------
--9--------5----1------------5--------
--10-------5----3-----------4---------
------------7---------------------------

etc. He has a couple different ways to play it, and seems to change every verse. There was an issue of a British guitar magazine a while back that tabbed Brian's melody out, along with Larry Carlton and Joe Satriani's versions

bug music
September 27th, 2005, 07:59 PM
Brian is using full 4+ note chords. I've seen him do it live and on the BSO DVD. The first main melody chords are ||: C, Am7, Fm, G-G#13 - G : ||

--8--------------1-----3-----4-----3--1
--8--------8----1------------6--------
--9--------5----1------------5--------
--10-------5----3-----------4---------
------------7---------------------------

Awesome, Thanks ! I'll give this a try now !

EDIT #1- Well, tried it, still doesn't sound like Brian Setzer. I know what I need a $4500 Gretsch with a Bigsby, yeah that's it ! Let me go ask my wife ! :)

EDIT #2- Back again. I don't think she was too big on the idea. :(

Oh well here's the doublestops I use (if anyone cares) sounds kind of thin though. First TAB posting attempt.

--7>8-------------------------------------------
--7>8-----7>8----10---12>13<12----10<8--
-----------8>9----10---12>13<12----10<8--
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