Seems like it was only yesterday that "Sixteen Candles" blared from the radio in my black 57 chevy two door hardtop (first car) back in the day. This story made me a little sad. One of my favorite groups. The story stated further down the page that his last performance was in Jan. of this year at a rock and roll reunion.
Singer Johnny Maestro dies at 70
Musician had long career with The Brooklyn Bridge
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Johnny Maestro fronted the rock-and-roll and doo-wop band Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge.
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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.
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. It merged with a Long Island band, The Rhythm Method, to form Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge in 1968.