"Sleep Walk" cover
|Song by Santo & Johnny from the album Santo & Johnny|
|Genre||Instrumental rock, surf rock|
|Writer(s)||Santo Farina, Johnny Farina, Ann Farina|
"Sleep Walk" is an instrumental steel guitar-based song written, recorded, and released in 1959 by brothers Santo & Johnny Farina, with their uncle Mike Dee playing the drums. (The BMI Repertoire database and the original release credits three Farinas as composers including Ann, Santo's wife.) It was recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan, New York City, New York. "Sleep Walk" entered Billboard's Top 40 on August 17, 1959. It rose to the number-one position for two weeks in September (the 21st and the 28th) and remained in the Top 40 until November 9. "Sleep Walk" also reached number four on the R&B chart. It was the last instrumental to hit number one in the 1950s and earned Santo & Johnny a gold record. In the UK it peaked at number 22 on the charts.
French guitarist Jean-Pierre Danel had a Top 20 hit in Europe with his version of the song, recorded in 2006.
"Sleep Walk" was a principal inspiration to Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green for his 1968 instrumental "Albatross", which became a worldwide hit. "Albatross" in turn inspired the Beatles song "Sun King" from Abbey Road.
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