Johnny Maestro &
The Brooklyn Bridge

Classic oldies, Sixteen Candles,
Step by Step &

The Worst That Could Happen.

Listen to Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge singing three great oldies.

It's hard to believe that it has been nearly 60 years since a young singer from Brooklyn named Johnny Maestro made his very first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 with a tune called "Sweetest One."  The year was 1957.

Johnny, at the time, was the lead singer of a popular New York City Doo-wop group formed in 1956 known as The Crests.

Shortly thereafter,  The Crests would release one of the most memorable slow dance tunes of all-time "Sixteen Candles." The song was released in November of 1958 and became a #2 hit on the National Charts in 1959.

Johnny was among the first generation of teenagers to embrace the new music of the 1950s, called rock and roll.  

He remained on the charts with more hits by The Crests and with a few solo hits as well.

Johnny Maestro & The Crests - Quite a mix in talent.

The Crests were a band of street kids from the Lower East Side and quite a mix. 

There were three blacks, one Puerto Rican, and as Johnny said; “I was the Eye-talian.” 

They performed at parties and dances and rode the subway for the drop of a few coins. One day a rider handed them a business card that led to a record contract.

On the Coed label "A" side, they recorded "Beside You."

The "B" side was "Sixteen Candles"....Who knew?

"Cousin Brucie" on Johnny Maestro.

My Life in Rock and Roll Radio with Cousin Brucie Morrow.

During an interview with veteran radio host, author and music historian Bruce "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, who worked with Maestro many times said, "Of all the talent, Johnny was the smoothest."

"He probably sounded more like his recordings live than any other performer. He always held true to the music and treated it with great respect."

Listen to the great Johnny Maestro & Brooklyn Bridge singing Step by Step, Sixteen candles, and The worst that could happen.

Introduced by "Cousin Brucie" Morrow on "Shake Rattle and Roll" in 1988.

The very first song I heard Johnny Maestro sing was "Sixteen Candles" so I chose the lyrics to this memorable romantic teen song from 1958.

Johnny Maestro died of cancer in 2010. He was 70.

Enjoy the three great performances in the video below and you can see and hear why "Cousin Brucie" said Johnny sounded more like his recordings live than any other performer.  


THE CRESTS (1958)
"Sixteen Candles"
Written by Luther Dixon and Allyson Khen


Happy birthday, happy birthday, baby
Oh, I love you so

Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight
(As your eyes tonight, oh)

Blow out the candles
Make your wish come true
For I'll be wishing that you love me, too
(That you love me, too)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen
(You're my queen)

You're the prettiest
Loveliest girl I've ever seen
(I've ever seen, oh)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so
(For I love you so)

You're only sixteen (sixteen)
But you're my teenage queen
(You're my queen)

Oh, you're the prettiest
Loveliest girl I've ever seen
(I've ever seen, oh)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so
(For I love you so)
For I love you so   


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