Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge Biography

Johnny Maestro (John Mastrangelo, 7 May 1939, Brooklyn, New York, USA) had been the lead singer of the Crests in the 50s, and his voice was behind one of the most memorable doo-wop songs ever, ‘16 Candles’, in 1958. He was also the featured vocalist on follow-up hits such as ‘The Angels Listened In’, ‘Step By Step’ and ‘Trouble In Paradise’. When Maestro left the group to go solo in 1961, his career took a downturn. In 1968 he formed a new group, Brooklyn Bridge, with singers Les Cauchi, Fred Ferrara, both formerly of the Del-Satins (once the backing group for Dion), and an eight-member backing band, formerly known as the Rhythm Method. The new group fashioned an orchestral, more modernized style of doo-wop, and with the dramatic vocals of Maestro, were signed to Buddah Records. Their first single was a Jimmy Webb song, ‘The Worst That Could Happen’, which became a number 3 US hit at the beginning of 1969. The group achieved a total of seven chart singles and two albums by the end of 1970. They became a mainstay at revival concerts featuring old rock ‘n’ roll. Maestro continued to front the band through many personnel changes, and they remained a top concert and club attraction on the east coast in later decades.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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