Johnny Maestro is dead
You know the name? Maybe not. He was the lead singer for [lastfm]The Crests[/lastfm]. Still nothing? How about any of these songs: Sixteen Candles, Trouble In Paradise (calling all angels), Step By Step? Or The Worst That Could Happen and Blessed Is The Rain by [lastfm]the Brooklyn Bridge[/lastfm]? He was sang lead for them too.
Johnny lost his battle with cancer last night in Florida. He was 70.
I never saw him in person, but Channel 8 ran a series of musical reunions a couple of years ago which included Johnny, still in great voice.
One final note from his early days in New York. He would often perform with black singers at a time when interracial groups were a relative rarity. In 1956 he became the lead singer for a black group from the projects in Chinatown. Their group included a second tenor named Patricia Van Dross who had little brother named Luther.
And we all know what happened to him.