" is an instrumental steel guitar
recorded and released in 1959 by Santo & Johnny
. The song was composed
by brothers Santo and Johnny Farina. (The original single credits
three Farinas, including an "Ann Farina" for the composition. It is
sometimes reported that their mother or sister helped, but this is
apparently false.)It was recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan.
"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 and was the last instrumental to hit number one in the 1950s
and earned Santo & Johnny a gold
One of the first covers was by Betsy Brye(stage name of Bette Anne
Steele) in 1959. While Santo & Johnny wrote lyrics for "Sleep
Walk", they never recorded a lyrical version, but Betsy Brye's
version included these lyrics.
It has been also covered by Brian
, Al Kooper
guitar part on synthesizer, Paul
, The Shadows
, The Ventures
Micah P. Hinson
, Henri Rene
, Jonathan Richman
, andJoe Satriani
's recording received a
for Best Pop Instrumental
Performance of 1998.
In America, Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Russell
recorded his version of
Sleepwalk in 2001.
In Europe, French award-winning guitarist Jean-Pierre Danel
had a Top 20 hit with
his instrumental version of the song recorded in 2006.
, My Morning Jacket
, The Raveonettes
have all recorded adaptions
of the song with lyrics.
Use in other media
"Sleep Walk" has remained popular due to consistent radio airplay
as well as its usage in commercials, television shows, and
The song appears prominently at the end of the 1987 film,
, during Ritchie Valens
' funeral and the subsequent
scene of his brother, Bob, screaming Ritchie's name to the heavens.
The song also appears at the beginning of the film in the initial
dream sequence up to the point where the two planes collide over
the playground. It is probably due to its usage in this film that
some people associate the song with Valens, who died some months
before it was written.
The song was used in the 1992 Stephen King film, Sleepwalkers
. In the 1995 film,
, the song
plays over the car radio during a scene in which psychiatrist, Dr.
Kathryn Railly, has been abducted by time traveler and mentally
divergent, James Cole. The song was also used in Stacy Peralta's
2004 surf documentary, Riding
Recently, the song was played in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full
and in the television series Heroes
in an episode entitled
. It is played during a
flashback to that time period.