Thursday, March 25, 2010

Johnny Maestro, R. I. P.

The Associated Press: Singer Johnny Maestro dies in Fla., battled cancer: "Singer Johnny Maestro of the rock 'n' roll and doo-wop band The Brooklyn Bridge has died.

Original band member Les Cauchi says Maestro died late Wednesday in Florida. Maestro was 70 and had been battling cancer. His last residence was in Cape Coral, Fla.

Maestro begin his career in the 1950s with The Crests, whose hits included '16 Candles."

Hat tip to Donna Courtois.

5 comments:

Fred Blosser said...

Sad. What a distinctive voice. But The Brooklyn Bridge doo-wop? -- I don't think so, tho The Crests were. "The Worst that Could Happen" was a big hit, but I liked the followup, "Blessed is the Rain," even better.

Bill Crider said...

I liked the Crests a lot. I have a "greatest hits" CD.

Anonymous said...

Major bummer. We've seen him a number of times in concert - he & The Brooklyn Bridge also did The Crests songs - and knew he'd had cancer.

"The Worst That Could Happen" was done first by The Fifth Dimension, though he had the hit with it (using the exact same arrangement).

I agree with Bill on The Crests.

Jeff

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I liked him in whatever band he fronted. What pipes! Another great one bites the dust. Damn.

Deb said...

I liked Brooklyn Bridge's version of "The Worst That Could Happen" much more than the 5th Dimension's version. I especially like the horns playing the start of the wedding march just as the song builds to its final chorus.

Sorry to hear about Johnny.