Santo and Johnny – Sleep Walk

This is my fifth song pick for Hanspostcard’s song draft. Santo and Johnny Sleep Walk.

I have always liked and admired good instrumentals. I look at them the same way I look at the great silent movies of the early 20th century. They have to get across what they want to say without dialog. That is not easy to do but when they succeed…they are great. When I hear Sleep Walk it’s like hearing a dream set to music…haunting and beautiful at the same time. 

 Lyrics would not do this song justice…it says all it needs to say. 

I first heard it on the movie La Bamba and I never grew tired of it. Unlike other soundtrack songs…I don’t think of the movie when I listen to this one. It’s on it’s own little island. 

I like many instrumentals but this one is probably my favorite. It sets a mood like no other. It was written and performed by Santo and Johnny Farina in 1959. It peaked at #1 in the Billboard 100 and #22 in the UK Charts.



Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

11 thoughts on “Santo and Johnny – Sleep Walk”

  1. gorgeous track, I’ve always wanted this to get a reissue or sales boost so I can chart it in my personal charts. Period-evocative, but also timeless. It’s one I would point to as an example when lovers of lyrics and poetry get puzzled by my ability to ignore not-so-great lyrics and still love the music. I love music, and emotion, sometimes music doesn’t need words…..

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