CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JOHNNY FARINA OF SANTO & JOHNNY AT THE IRIDIUM
Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny and "Sleep Walk" fame guest star with the Les Paul Trio at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121 - ) on Monday, September 7th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The Farina brothers, Santo & Johnny, were born in Brooklyn, New York. Santo, October 24, 1937 and Johnny, April 30, 1941. The boys were young when their Dad was drafted into the Army and stationed in Oklahoma. There on the radio he heard this beautiful music, it was the sound of the steel guitar. He wrote home to his wife and said "I'd like the boys to learn to play this instrument". When he returned from the war they searched out to a man who could get them started with the steel. Years later, they formed a band, playing at church dances, weddings and clubs. The Farina brothers began to gather fans from Brooklyn to Long Island. Their first release in 1959 was "Sleep Walk" which was written by Santo & Johnny. It was the last #1 instrumental of the 50s and earned them a Gold Record. With their unmistakable sound, they appeared on all the top music shows, "The Alan Freed Show", "Dick Clarks' American Bandstand", "The Perry Como Show" etc. etc. Santo & Johnny recorded and released over 40 albums worldwide. They worked together for 14 years playing clubs and casinos all over Europe. They also had their own TV Show in Italy. Johnny has kept the magical steel guitar sound alive performing as a solo artist all over the country since the early 70s. Because of constant radio airplay and play in numerous TV shows and commercials, "Sleep Walk" continues to be one of the most popular and quickly recognized instrumentals of the 20th century. Johnny's performance is an energy packed show with great memories guaranteed! There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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