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Nic Neufeld

Kansas City, Missouri
Post  Posted 23 May 2019 2:03 pm    
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I've been on a bit of a Santo and Johnny kick lately...which matches really well with the lineup of my group right now (just me and an archtop/jazz rhythm guitarist).

I discovered this tune this week, a cover of a doowop tune by the Heartbeats. Man, it's got everything...you can tell they packed it with a lot of the "Sleep Walk" influence.

I've worked it out mostly on my new Clinesmith and am loving playing along with it. Santo obviously did a few overdubs to get the "bass" and "tenor" parts (you can hear sometimes they sustain into the main line, so it wasn't one take). I'm trying to simplify things a bit with a single arrangement. If I can get it down and record a vid with my guitar player I'll try to post it. Makes a nice demo for the Clinesmith pan, too!

But the end of the chorus when he hits that sharp 9 on the G7, and goes into that higher, sweet melody on the last verse, that's just great playing and melodic feel...I'm pretty stoic of a player but I can't help but throw a bit of stank-face on there Razz . In Hawaiian music, I'm a Jules man through and through, but Santo Farina's single note playing on jazz and popular tunes...it just oozes emotion, I love it!
Waikīkī, at night when the shadows are falling
I hear the rolling surf calling
Calling and calling to me
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Andy DePaule

Saigon, Viet Nam & Springfield, Oregon
Post  Posted 23 May 2019 4:12 pm     Plastic finger picks?
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Nice tune. Thanks for the post. First time I heard it too.
Plastic finger picks? I've never met anyone who used those.
Wonder what that would be like, but really like my Nationals.

Inlaid Star Guitar 2006 by Mark Giles. SD-10 4+5 in E9th; http://luthiersupply.com/instrument-gallery.html
2017 Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 Polished Aluminum covering.
Promat #11 2007, D-10 Blond & Mahogany with Gold Tuners.
Clinesmith Triple 8 Console, Birdseye Maple.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel Short A6th.
Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel Long E6/9th.
1956 Dewey Kendrick D-8 4&3 PSG, Restoration Project.
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Erv Niehaus

Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 24 May 2019 7:52 am    
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I started out using plastic picks but didn't take long to switch to metal. Very Happy
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Jeremy DeHart

North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 4 Jun 2019 4:18 am    
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Here's another song that REALLY reminds me of Sleepwalk - Home by the Ventures. First I'm a huge Ventures fan so maybe I'm reading a bit too much into this, but the first Ventures album came out several months after Sleepwalk was released. This song is similar to Sleepwalk, but the Ventures also covered Sleepwalk and there are other similarities on the albums as well. All in all I think they were much inspired by the Duo!


Santo and Johnny first album:
Side one
"All Night Diner"
"Blue Moon"
"School Day"
"Sleep Walk"
Side two
"Slave Girl"
"Canadian Sunset"
"Harbor Lights"

Ventures First album:
Side 1
"Morgen" (Peter Mosser, Noel Sherman) – 2:07
"Raunchy" (William E. Justis Jr.) – 2:16
"Home" (Harry Clarkson, Jeff Clarkson, Peter Van Steeden) – 2:18
"My Own True Love (Tara's Theme)" (Max Steiner) – 2:14
"The Switch" (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Howard Johnson, Don Wilson) – 1:56
"Walk, Don't Run" (Johnny Smith) – 2:03
Side 2
"Night Train" (Jimmy Forrest, Lewis Simpkins, Oscar Washington) – 2:50
"No Trespassing" (Bogle, Edwards, Wilson, Johnson) – 1:58
"Caravan" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 2:09
"Sleepwalk" (Ann Farina, John Farina, Santo Farina) – 2:04
"The McCoy" (Bogle, Wilson) – 2:07
"Honky Tonk" (Billy Butler, Bill Doggett, Johnnie Scott, Shep Shepherd) – 2:44
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Erv Niehaus

Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 4 Jun 2019 7:15 am    
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I'm looking for the sheet music for this song.
I would like to do a tab for E9th. Very Happy
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