The pure-toned tenor who as the lead singer for the Crests, the Del-Satins and the Bridge recorded rock ‘n’ roll hits like “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen,” died Wednesday at his home. Johnny Maestro lived in Cape Coral, Fla. He was 70 and had lived in Islip, N.Y., until seven years ago. Les Cauchi, an original member pf the Brooklyn Bridge said the cause was cancer.
In the late 1950s he was the lead singer for the Crests, fronting hits like “Sixteen Candles,” “Trouble in Paradise,” “The Angels Listened In” and “Step by Step.”
John Peter Mastrangelo was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on May 7, 1939, one of three children of Salvatore and Grace Mastrangelo. He is survived by his wife, Grace; his brother, Ronald; two daughters, Tracy and Lisa; a son, Brad; and four grandchildren.