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The Crests were a popular New York City R&B musical group of the late 1950s, often thought to be another all-black teenage-sound band, they were in fact about as integrated as a group could get, with four men (two of them black, one Puerto Rican and one Italian) and one black female. The band was founded by JT Carter and included Talmoudge Gough, Harold Torres, and Patricia Van Dross (older sister of the late Luther Vandross) JT found lead vocalist Johnny Mastrangelo (later just Johnny Maestro). The group had several Top 40 hits including “16 Candles”, “Step By Step” and “The Angels Listened In”. Johnny Maestro later formed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1968 and had a Top 40 hit with “The Worst That Could Happen”. JT Carter kept the band together and working steadily through the 1990’s. The current version of the Crests contains no original members.

Their most popular song was “Sixteen Candles” which rose to number 2 on the Billboard charts in 1958.

The 1984 John Hughes teen movie Sixteen Candles took its title from The Crests’ song, which was rerecorded by The Stray Cats for the Sixteen Candles soundtrack.

It should be noted that Johnny Maestro went on to form the Brooklyn Bridge who had two number one hits including “The Worst That Could Happen” . His voice got better with age but unfortunately Mastroangelo passed away last year of throat cancer at the age of 65.


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  • nadya_mih

    I'm getting crazy while listening to The Crests ^^

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    лучшая из всех ду-уоп групп 50-х, огромное количество хитов и нет однообразия, свойственно другим подобным коллективам.

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • hhurl

    Johnny was a class-act & a real trouper..,I'm sure "The Angels Listened In"was true in his case. Thanks for the memories bud...

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    i know, i know...... :)

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • wppss

    they have an incredible amount more than that too, lowbacca

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • gotrawmilk

    i love step by step!!!!!!

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    cool guys with an eternal hit song

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • rockingdaddy

    really cool !!

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • X__Truthiness

    The Crests are amazing! <3

    19 Jan 2008 Reply
  • myprecious

    happy birrrrthday babayy

    11 Mar 2007 Reply

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