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.


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