John Mastrangelo, May 7, 1939, New York City. Maestro led two singing groups to the Top 10: the Crests in the 50s and the Brooklyn Bridge in the 60's and 70's. With the Crests, whom he joined in 1956, Maestro's voice was heard on the number 2 doo-wop classic '16 Candles' in 1958, as well as lesser hits; 'The Angels Listened In,' 'Step By Step' and 'Trouble In Paradise.' Maestro signed as a solo artist to the Coed label, the same for which the Crests recorded, in 1960, while still with the Crests (the group backed him vocally). That year he placed three singles on the charts: the Top 20 'Model Girl,' the Top 40 'What A Surprise' and the lesser entry 'My Happiness.' He left the group and the label in 1962 and continued to record singles for many record companies, some with new line-ups of Crests, but none were successful. He was absent from the national scene until 1968, when he combined two groups. From New York City, the Del Satins (who had backed Dion on many recordings) and from Long Island, New York, the Rhythm Method, into the Brooklyn Bridge. The 11-piece group immediately logged its biggest hit, 'The Worst That Could Happen,' followed by six lesser chart entries, including 'Blessed Is The Rain,' 'Welcome Me Love' and 'Your Husband, My Wife.' The group's chart run stopped in 1970 but Maestro continued to appear with revamped Brooklyn Bridge line-ups into the new millennium.
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I have been a fan of Mr. Maestro since 1957. I am honored to present this book to the world in his memory. However, this book goes one step further, to talk about the year 1939 when Johnny was born…a time of World War II when Germany invaded Poland. The colorful background of his hometown (Lower East Side, NYC) and, most of all, the miracle of the birth of John Peter Mastrangelo who went on to become the one and only Johnny Maestro!
Irene Brodsky is a part-time faculty member of Brooklyn College CUNY. She is a full-time writer for many years. This is her 4th book. Truly a labor of love because she has been a fan of Johnny Maestro since 1957. At age 11, her brother, Herby, came home with an album by The Crests featuring the voice of Johnny Maestro. He played it day and night. At age 65, Irene is giving something back for all of that enjoyment! She chose to write a tribute to Johnny.