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Subject: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: Howard on 03/25/10 at 10:00 pm

Johnny Maestro

'16 Candles' singer with the Crests

Johnny Maestro, 70, a singer who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit “16 Candles” with the Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with the Brooklyn Bridge, died of cancer Wednesday in Florida, according to Les Cauchi, a friend and original Brooklyn Bridge member.

Maestro was born John Mastrangelo on May 7, 1939, in New York City and grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He began his career in 1956 as lead singer of the Crests, an integrated doo-wop group that had a No. 2 single with "16 Candles." The group also had success with "Six Nights a Week," "The Angels Listened In," "Step by Step" and "Trouble in Paradise."

In 1960, the band's label Coed decided that Johnny Maestro should go solo, although the Crests still backed him. Under that designation they had hits with "Model Girl" and "What a Surprise" before Maestro left the group.

He later joined the Del-Satins, who had backed up Dion, with the Rhythm Method to form the Brooklyn Bridge in 1968. The new 11-member ensemble had a No. 3 single with “The Worst That Could Happen,” a Jimmy Webb song.

Maestro performed at arenas, amphitheaters and casinos throughout the United States and Europe until earlier this year.

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Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: nally on 03/25/10 at 10:33 pm

This is so sad. :\'( :\'( My parents were huge fans of his; we even went to see him in concert (along with a few other doo wop groups) three years ago.

My mom was aware that Johnny had been battling cancer recently. Who would've thought it would claim him so soon?

Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: Howard on 03/26/10 at 6:36 am


This is so sad. :\'( :\'( My parents were huge fans of his; we even went to see him in concert (along with a few other doo wop groups) three years ago.

My mom was aware that Johnny had been battling cancer recently. Who would've thought it would claim him so soon?


Him And The Brooklyn Bridge has a lot of hits,he was known for his doo-wop rock and roll style.

Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: Marian on 03/26/10 at 11:55 pm

Trouble in paradise...

Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: Howard on 03/27/10 at 6:37 am

Man,there won't be another Johnny Maestro. :(

Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: ninny on 03/28/10 at 8:20 am

R.I.P. Johnny :\'(

Subject: Re: Johnny Maestro passes away

Written By: Howard on 03/28/10 at 6:50 pm

I like that one song "Worst That Could Happen".

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