Renee Olstead “Sleepwalk”

Renee Olstead is an American actress and and her career broadened from her being a singing-child prodigy. Renee is best known for her roles on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and on the drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Madison Cooperstein. In addition, she has recorded four studio albums, primarily of jazz music. 

Renee’s lustrous voice with lyrics gives a new and different feel to the song, “Sleep Walk” a famous and loved, nostalgic instrumental tune, written, recorded by brothers Santo & Johnny Farina, with their uncle Mike Dee playing the drums.

The song was released in 1959 and recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan, New York City. “Sleep Walk” entered Billboard’s Top 40 on August 17, 1959.

It rose to the number 1 position for the last two weeks in September and remained in the Top 40 until November 9. “Sleep Walk” also reached number 4 on the R&B chart. It was the last instrumental to hit number one in the 1950s and earned a gold record for Santo and Johnny. In the UK it peaked at number 22 on the charts.

Renee Olstead’s voice resounds the dream state of ‘Sleepwalk” with her distinctively sweet, classy and innocent style.

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16 thoughts on “Renee Olstead “Sleepwalk”

  1. I’ve never heard the song, “Sleepwalk” before, but the melody sounds familiar. Beautiful and bittersweet. At times, I Sleepdrink my coffee; I love coffee so much😄

    1. Yes! I remembered hearing the instrumental of this song somehow, and never knew it had lyrics until I saw your post. Many thanks! Have a great week, too, my java friend!! 🌷💋

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