Rest in peace, Johnny Maestro, sweet prince of doo-wop

March 28, 2010

By Maura Yates
March 26, 2010, 11:51PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Nearly every Staten Island girl who has come of age with a party at a catering hall can tip her tiara to the memory of Johnny Maestro, the doo-wop star from Midland Beach and member of the group Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, who recorded “Sixteen Candles [sic].”

Maestro, who was born John Mastrangelo in Brooklyn but called the Island home from 1957 until 1972, died of cancer Wednesday in Florida. He was 70.

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A Message from Johnny Maestro

I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for their thoughts, get well wishes and prayers while I am undergoing treatment for cancer.

I have been fortunate to be able to perform before the “best audiences”, our loyal fans, for over 7 decades dating back to the late1950′s. There have been no better times for myself and the Brooklyn Bridge then when we are performing, singing the music that brings back memories of times that we all cherish and hold dear to our hearts. I am very grateful for the opportunity that has allowed me to do something that “I love” and to be able to share our music with so many people.

I want everyone to know that when I read your messages, it brightens my day and gives me strength and determination to get back on stage. Your support is the best medicine.

Best Wishes…………………….Johnny Maestro


Note (1) :  The author of the above article  has made an error: Johnny Maestro recorded “16 Candles with “The Crests” and not the “The Brooklyn Bridge.”

Note (2): The pure and soulful voice of Johnny Maestro is how the month of March will end here at OSML. I am foregoing a Monday post and will return Thursday with a new musical theme.

Rest In Peace Mr.  Maestro and Thank You.

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