Born Johnny Maestrangelo on 5/7/39, Johnny Maestro began his
career singing with a group from Manhattan called The Crests. Their first records (including "My Juanita" and "Sweetest
One") generated some regional response, but it was the breakthrough of "Sixteen Candles" that brought them national recognition,
hitting #2 on the national charts! A string of hits followed, including "Trouble In Paradise", "Step By Step", "The Angels
Listened In", and "Six Nights A Week".
After leaving the Crests, he went on to score two more Top 40 hits on the
national charts with "Model Girl," and "What A Surprise" in 1961 on Coed Records. By
that time, the record-buying public had developed a strong awareness of, and a great admiration for, the very special vocal
abilities of Johnny Maestro.
As the music scene changed with the British Invasion of the early
60’s, Johnny searched for a framework within which he could create a new sound. He began working with The Del-Satins,
a local New York City vocal group whose members included Fred Ferrara and Les Cauchi. The Del-Satins had several record releases,
on of which, "Teardrops Follow Me", was a strong local hit. They had also done studio work with several artists and
were most notably the background vocalists on all of Dion’s solo efforts. While working the local club scene, Johnny
and the Del-Satins ran into the Rhythm Method, a seven-piece band whose members included Jim Rosica on bass and vocals. The
two bands were so impressed with each other that they decided to merge together. Thus was formed The Brooklyn Bridge. The
Brooklyn Bridge once again brought nationwide exposure to the voice of Johnny Maestro. His powerful performance of Jim Webb’s
"The Worst That Could Happen" backed by the Bridge’s trademark strong vocal and horn arrangements, led to a chart-topping
gold record for the band and countless concert and television appearances, including one on the Ed Sullivan Show, Mike
Douglas, Merv Griffen and Della Reese shows. Other hits followed, including "Welcome Me Love", "Blessed Is The Rain", "Your
Husband My Wife", and "You’ll Never Walk Alone". By 1972 the Brooklyn Bridge had sold over ten million records and established
Johnny Maestro as one of the premier vocal talents of his era.
The success of a Christmas EP released in 1989, (from which selections
have appeared on the million-selling WCBS-FM Christmas compilation as well as the Dick Clark Christmas album, and a double
greatest hits package released in 1993, led the band to record Acappella in 1994, featuring 10 classic songs of the 50’s
and 60’s done classic acappella style. Demand for live appearances by the band is stronger now than at any time in its
history. Sold out shows at major clubs and concert halls (such as New York’s Bottom Line, Madison Square Garden and
Radio City Music Hall, Long Island's Westbury Music Fair, Carneige Hall, Naussau Collesium, New Haven Collesium, Casino's
in Atlantic City and numerous Telethon's each year raising hundred's of thousand's of dollars and frequent local and nationwide
television appearances will attest to the durability of the group’s supporters over the years, but also gathering many
new fans as well, it’s clear that the story of Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge is one that will continue for
a long time to come.
No good works should go unnoticed so it must be mentioned here
that Johnny, Les, Fred, Jimmy, and the rest of the band members have always been very active in their Long
Island community making personal public appearances to raise money for needy and hospitalized children. Over
the decades, they have received many awards for their good deeds making them some of American Rock and Roll's
good guys! It can also be said that they are all the best that both stand for!