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Santo & Johnny — Sleep Walk
Album: The Best of Santo & Johnny
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Released: 1959
Length: 2:24
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(Instrumental)
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Absolutely the best slow dancing song in it's time.  As many other posts have pointed out this was the ONE to get real close and I mean REAL close to your dancing partner.  Ah the memories,...and as a certified old fart that's about all I have remaining.  A 9 pushing for 10 (if I dream a little more).
These guys did some great covers of early Beatles songs (then current!). Check out their version of Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Just watched the movie, Telling Lies in America, and this fabulous heirloom piece is playing in a classic 1961 Diner scene; good thing Bill is NOT the 'Billy Magic' type of sleazy DJ (played to the gleeful hilt by Kevin Bacon in one of his best acts!) and no one is paying to have songs played here! Thanks, RadioParadise, for being for real for us! I love you so much, and I love hearing great tunes like THIS!
8th grade rainy day sock hops during lunch recess. Slow dances with a lovely girl classmate as young hormones kept it interesting. Oh my, I really am an old fart.
This brings back memories from before I had memories.
 LorraineV1 wrote:
"Not my Ritchie, Not my Ritchie!!!"

 

 
Can't hear this song and not think of that scene....powerful...


"Not my Ritchie, Not my Ritchie!!!"

 
 AndyJ wrote:
I got a few hundred miles on the dance floor with this song...
Real-touch-the-woman type of dancing...
These guys are very good... Very smooth...

Thank You

 
I second that!
This is my favorite slow song of the greats from that era!
Way too short.
 

yodasan_magoo wrote:

This song is too short, it really needs to be played twice.



 


Absolutely !
 

oldfart48 wrote:
SIMPLE, CLEAN,.....{#Guitarist}...TIMELESS  {#Cheers}

 


I got a few hundred miles on the dance floor with this song...
Real-touch-the-woman type of dancing...
These guys are very good... Very smooth...

Thank You
 Stingray wrote:
TOO MUCH...

I'M Out OF HERE!

Go listening some ECLECTIC ROCK!!!


 
don't be surprised when you find the door locked, or even better stay gone till you grow a brain.....
 zepher wrote:
Ritchie!!!


(sorry always reminds me of the end of La Bomba)


 
can't be a bad thing......
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Did a little research and found out these kids are now in their 70's.  Time flies man.

 
no s^&t i'm 66 and remember when it was a hit in la la land.....one of the only non country steel guitar riffs ever made......
the best make out tune of it's time.....
SIMPLE, CLEAN,.....{#Guitarist}...TIMELESS  {#Cheers}

I have a few miles to these sounds...


Thank you... 
sublime.
Ritchie!!!


(sorry always reminds me of the end of La Bomba)

one of my favorite instrumental songs. Danny Gaton does a good cover.
Good tune and played just often enough.  Monthly.  7 {#Clap}
A great classic!  Don't know any of their other tunes but this one sure has proved timeless.
I would prefer The Ventures' version but in any case, it's such a classic!
Cool
This is like finding your favorite blanket when you were five. What a great song!{#Good-vibes}
"Richie!!"
 stescott100 wrote:
this song has been used so often for flashback scenes in film and tv drama
I like though :) it still sounds cool
 
I've known this tune since I was a little kid; I don't really associate it with any movies or TV shows, but it guess it has been in many of them over the years.
Santo & Johnny
 swell_sailor wrote:
That just makes me feel warm, relaxed, and happy. All my cares drifting away.........
 
Perfect description.  Now all I need is a rope hammock and a tropical drink - and a gorgeous sunset over the ocean...

Nice when it is cold and snowy in Oslo — it reminds me of warm days in Hawaii
That just makes me feel warm, relaxed, and happy. All my cares drifting away.........
Did a little research and found out these kids are now in their 70's.  Time flies man.

This song is too short, it really needs to be played twice.


 johnjconn wrote:
I gotta get me one of those shirts. keeeeno daddy-o
 
Go Hawaiian, my friend. This is a perfect tropical sleepy love song. 
 eyeball wrote:
{#Sunny} The Florida Keys!
*5 billion people dead*
...And 12 Monkeys
 
When I was institutionalized, my brain was studied exhaustively in the guise of mental health. I was interrogated, I was x-rayed, I was examined *thoroughly*. 
**cough**
Then, they took everything about me and put it into a computer where they created this model of my mind.

Yes!

Using that model they managed to generate every thought I could possibly have in the next, say, 10 years. Which they then filtered through a probability matrix of some kind to - to determine everything I was gonna do in that period. So you see, she knew I was gonna lead the Army of the Twelve Monkeys into the pages of history before it ever even occurred to me. She knows everything I'm ever gonna do before I know it myself. How's that? 

 foothillfreak wrote:
yes! it's doing the same in Salt lake city! 10! Paxus wrote:
man... there's something about this song that makes staring out at the winter landscape of Las Vegas and immagining it being summer again.  yes!
 
 

Well, it IS summer here in Oklahoma at 110 degrees today. sheeesh

{#Sunny} The Florida Keys!
*5 billion people dead*
...And 12 Monkeys
Whenever I hear this song finish, I expect Esai Morales to stand on a bridge and scream, "RITCHIE!"
fantastic 
Makes me think of David Lynch movies... That elegant and kind of funny side of creepiness that lives just beneath your Aunt Rose's lime Jell-o mold at Xmas... LOVE it!
 Cynaera wrote:

Could it be the very groove? So mellow, so slow, so conducive to creativity.... Yum. Short, sweet, and sexy.
 
Took the words right out of my mouth. Perfect...Cynaera.
yes! it's doing the same in Salt lake city! 10! Paxus wrote:
man... there's something about this song that makes staring out at the winter landscape of Las Vegas and immagining it being summer again.  yes!
 


I gotta get me one of those shirts. keeeeno daddy-o
this is what i'd want to hear when I'm hangin out at the cement pond with Ellie Mae...
man... there's something about this song that makes staring out at the winter landscape of Las Vegas and immagining it being summer again.  yes!
 Paxus wrote:
ahhh... something about this song...
 
Could it be the very groove? So mellow, so slow, so conducive to creativity.... Yum. Short, sweet, and sexy.

 Stingray wrote:
TOO MUCH...

I'M Out OF HERE!

Go listening some ECLECTIC ROCK!!!
 
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Dieter...  

ahhh... something about this song...
TOO MUCH...

I'M Out OF HERE!

Go listening some ECLECTIC ROCK!!!

Perfection.

Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny - Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iKzxotJ2F0

A medley of songs by the man who brought you Sleep Walk. www.santoandjohnny.com



 CaptTofu wrote:
Yes - I was trying to remember the name of that movie myself! Talk about herding cats, and to get the cats to attack those odd looking gargoyle creatures.

 
Cat's eye!

Yes - I was trying to remember the name of that movie myself! Talk about herding cats, and to get the cats to attack those odd looking gargoyle creatures.
 lattalo wrote:
This song creeps me out, does anyone remember the movie Sleep Walkers by Steven King?  
Remember all the cats in the yard trying to kill the creatures, cats were the hero's.  I will always
think of the song and that movie.
 


Sweat on your partner time!
 jagdriver wrote:
I'll always remember discovering this in my brother's LP collection when I was in 6th grade ('65). My life was boy/girl parties (how to get some nookie?), skateboarding, Hot Rod magazine, CARtoons, slot car racing, model cars ...
 
bump

Santo & Johhny - "Maria Elena" audio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqC1I9yTqvk


 govna wrote:
was this the original?
 
Yes; if I remember correctly -  they wrote it as well.

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this song has been used so often for flashback scenes in film and tv drama
I like though :) it still sounds cool
Yeah:  beauty!  Mom & Dad have the album this song first appeared on.  Loved it.  All the songs were enjoyable.  Takes me back.{#Propeller}
What a classic, classy song! "10" from here! {#Clap}
Funny to read about all the happy memories associated with this song — I really only know it from 12 Monkeys, so it fills me with apocalyptic dread.  Great song, though.

This song creeps me out, does anyone remember the movie Sleep Walkers by Steven King?  
Remember all the cats in the yard trying to kill the creatures, cats were the hero's.  I will always
think of the song and that movie.
Eddie didn't do it, but it does plays a big role in La Bamba... "NO BOB!!!  NOT MY RITCHIEEEE!!!"

strawberryblonde wrote:
did eddie and the crusiers do this aswell?



 dead_flowers wrote:
this song is played somewhere in the movie 12 Monkeys.
 

A highly-recommended movie, indeed!
I'll always remember discovering this in my brother's LP collection when I was in 6th grade ('65). My life was boy/girl parties (how to get some nookie?), skateboarding, Hot Rod magazine, CARtoons, slot car racing, model cars ... <sigh>
Never occurred to me before now, but I suddenly thought that the main theme from Star Wars sounds just like this on steroids. Different key, and lots of horns instead of the sliding guitar, but essentially the same tune....

{#Tongue-out}
 a_genuine_find wrote:
I can't keep the vision of Don Ho out of my head when I hear this song.
 
You get visions of Don "Bubbles" Ho and I get visions of George Hamilton and Delores Hart in "Where the Boys Are".  I saw Don Ho in Hawaii about 30 years ago.  He was "in his cups" and the bubbles flowed.

was this the original?
Brian Setzer Orchestra did a stunning version of this on their 2001 tour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnhRNxnTNeM
a_genuine_find wrote:
I can't keep the vision of Don Ho out of my head when I hear this song.
This might be a good time to stop using drugs or at least change the bong water. :yes: :lol: :cowboy:
so perfect with the full moon on the ocean tonight ...
Sorry, Pawlsky, but it's Roy Buchanan's 'Sweet Dreams' you can hear over the end credits of 'The Departed' - the Scorcese movie. They're both lovely melodies.......
did eddie and the crusiers do this aswell?
Ah yes, Sharon and me, it's 1962,the lights, dimmed, dancing to the dreamy sounds of Santo and Johnny,we're so close now a postage stamp couldn't be slipped between us. NOW I remember how all these kids of mine got here ! Thanks A LOT guys, you should be using some of your royalties to put our kids through collage. . .. :nyah: Ok so they're 37 years old, I still need them to move out on their own ! "It's only rock and roll but I like it"-- -R.S. That_SOB Auguries of past and present provided.
So reminds me of car rides with Mom and Dad in the 60's. Good memories.
I can't keep the vision of Don Ho out of my head when I hear this song.
Cowabunga! A 10.
bitbanger wrote:
Time has a way of filtering out the garbage.
Hmmm. Well said.
Damn fine tune.
Holy KOW I have not heard this in eons and it brings back all those memories of dancing close and slow.
dmax wrote:
This is when musicians were driven to create beauty instead of product.
Time has a way of filtering out the garbage.
Keep taking us wherever you're going right now!
On_The_Beach wrote:
Keen!
Lmao.
Timeless epiphany.
Those were the years :music:
This is when musicians were driven to create beauty instead of product.
Talk about creating a mood.
I remember hearing this the first night I got hip to RP...along with all sorts of other stuff all over the spectrum, and thinking, wow -- what a station! and I keep on thinking that, too! THANK YOU, RP!
PopKombo wrote:
... and if you're going to slow dance in the gym ... TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!
And don't forget to make sure the spider is dead.
I just love 1 sing guitars - this is true classic! :guitarist:
The song plays during the closing credits of Scorsese' The Departed. Without giving away any plot details, the song is playing while there is a rat on the screen. I think this is a reference to a popular ad campaign currently on TV here in the province of Quebec. The dairy producers of Quebec have used this song in their cheese ads and Scorsese makes a clever, albeit subtle, connection between rats and cheese. Perhaps Scorsese or someone in the crew or DiCaprio saw the ad when they were filming The Aviator in Montreal, liked the music and saw a use for it in the Departed.
what a great song to hear first thing in the morning in the office! I just wish I could remember where I know it from. At first I thought a soundtrack (I know La Bamba but that's not it... and it's not Hearts in Atlantis, The Dead Zone or 12 Monkeys either) Then I thought Jeff Lynne had covered it on Armchair Theatre? I'm stuck
I think it was also used in the Richie Valens movie although not written by Valens it is very indicative of the period ... and if you're going to slow dance in the gym ... TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!
Ritcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
Keen!
this song is played somewhere in the movie 12 Monkeys.
Makes me want to slow dance in the gym
ktnsb wrote:
So who played lead? Santo or Johnny? Always loved this song, but I'm not sure if I ever heard the artists' names on the radio. Thanks again, Bill!
Johnny
So who played lead? Santo or Johnny? Always loved this song, but I'm not sure if I ever heard the artists' names on the radio. Thanks again, Bill!