Johnny Maestro dead at 70

By Ben Johnson

Bill Lyons Singer Johnny Maestro performs last year at the St. George Theatre.

STATEN ISLAND, NY–Johnny Maestro, singer for The Brooklyn Bridge and The Crests who
had big doo-wop hits like “16 Candles,” “Worst That Could Happen,” and “Model Girl,” died yesterday at his home in Florida of cancer. He was 70 years old.

Maestro’s bari-tenor voice, while strong “In the ’50s we did sing a lot about romance, love, and angels — and motorcycle crashes,” said Maestro. “We’ll be singing ‘Unchained Melody’ here, definitely, and dedicate it to all the young ladies in the audience. We’ll also do Jackie Wilson’s ‘Lonely Teardrops,’ and Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep, Mountain High.’ But we do mostly all of our own recordings. I’ve learned that people want to hear what we’re known for.”


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