Saturday, August 30, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Johnny Maestro & Brooklyn Bridge
Album:The Doo Wop Box
This is an odd track on Rhino's 4CD box set The Doo Wop Box because it's not an original doo wop classic. It's Johnny Maestro performing a live version of a doo wop classic. Along with his group Brooklyn Bridge, he had some success in the late 60s. He was born Johnny Mastrangelo May 7, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY and was the lead singer of The Crests, best known for the doo wop classic Sixteen Candles. My Juanita was one of their previous songs and was a regional hit in New York. Maestro left The Crests to go solo and had a couple of Top 40 hits with What A Surprise & Model Girl in 1961. In 1967, The Del Satins were looking for a new lead singer. They were best known for backing up Dion's solo records. Les Cauchi of The Del Satins ran into Maestro and he joined the group. Then they got together with a horn band called Rhythm Method and were renamed Brooklyn Bridge. They signed with Buddah Records and reached #3 on the pop charts in 1968 with the Jimmy Webb song The Worst That Could Happen. Brooklyn Bridge continued to record into the early 70s with some success. When things wound down, Maestro downsized Brooklyn Bridge and the group has been touring the oldies circuit for years performing classic Crests songs and Brooklyn Bridge songs. They were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 2005. So this version of My Juanita isn't the original version but it is authentic. Here's Johnny Maestro & Brooklyn Bridge performing My Juanita on WLIW in Long Island 1984.