Friday, March 26, 2010

Johnny Maestro in Fla Battled Cancer Singer Dies

Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge or simply The Brooklyn Bridge is an American musical group, best known for their rendition of Jimmy Webb’s "The Worst That Could Happen" NEW YORK – Singer Johnny Maestro, who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with The Brooklyn Bridge, has died of cancer. He was 70.

Johnny Maestro

Les Cauchi, a friend and original Brooklyn Bridge member, said Maestro born John Mastrangelo died late Wednesday in Florida. His last residence was in Cape Coral, Fla. After beginning his career in the 1950s with The Crests one of the first interracial singing groups Maestro joined a local New York group, The Del-Satins.

Shaun Mullen was born to blog. It just took a few years for the medium to catch up to the messenger. Over a long career with newspapers, this award- Cauchi said the group performed that song on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Other hits included “Blessed is the Rain,” ”Welcome Me Love” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The band got its name after a manager declared it would be “harder to sell than the Brooklyn Bridge,” Maestro once said. He performed at arenas, amphitheaters and casinos throughout the U.S. and Europe. Maestro’s last performance was Jan. 17, when The Brooklyn Bridge was among groups appearing at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. It was billed as “The Ultimate Doo-Wop Party.”

Cauchi recalled that another well-known song, “Your Husband, My Wife,” drew controversy when it was released in 1969 because it dealt with infidelity a touchy topic during that era.

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