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Johnny Maestro & The Crests - Sixteen Candles

Johnny Maestro & The Crests - Sixteen Candles

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The Crests were a ground-breaking multiracial pop/doowop group formed in the mid-1950s when singer Johnny Mastrangelo joined forces with a doowop quartet comprising three African-Americans and one Puerto Rican. As time went on Johnny Mastrangelo became Johnny Masters, Johnny Mastro and then Johnny Maestro as he turned to solo recording as well.

Having had a minor hit on the Joyce label, they signed to Coed Records, and in 1958 had a major success when Sixteen Candles was a US No.2, kicking off a career which brought several more chart successes through into the ‘60s as Tony Middleton and James Ancrum took over lead vocal duties from Johnny Maestro. Interestingly, The 1984 John Hughes’ teen film Sixteen Candles took its title from The Crests’ song, which was re-recorded by The Stray Cats for the Sixteen Candles soundtrack.

This 51-track set comprises the A- and B-sides  of their singles on the Coed, Trans Atlas, Selma and Times Square labels from these years as The Crests, Johnny Masters, Johnny Maestro and Johnny Maestro & The Original Crests, plus the tracks from their album The Crests Sing All Biggies not otherwise released on singles.

It features all their ten pop and R&B chart entries from this era, including the pop No.2 and R&B No.4 Sixteen Candles.

The Crests were inducted into the United in Group Harmony Association (UGHA) Hall of Fame in 2000 and, four years later, entered  The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The collective have also been inducted into both The Doo Wop Hall of Fame (2008) and Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame (2015).

This collection is about as comprehensive a selection of their work from this era that could be assembled and captures a highly distinctive style of music.


Disc 1
1 Sweetest One The Crests


My Juanita The Crests
3 No One To Love The Crests
4 Wish She Was Mine The Crests
5 Pretty Little Angel The Crests with Johnny Mastro
6 I Thank The Moon The Crests with Johnny Mastro
7 Sixteen Candles The Crests
8 Beside You The Crests
9 Six Nights A Week The Crests
10 I Do The Crests
11 Flower Of Love The Crests
12 Molly Mae The Crests
13 The Angels Listened In The Crests
14 A Year Ago Tonight The Crests
15 Paper Crown The Crests
16 Step By Step The Crests
17 Gee (But I'd Give The World) The Crests
18 Say It Isn't So Johnny Masters
19 The Great Physician Johnny Masters
20 Trouble In Paradise The Crests
21 Always You The Crests
22 Journey Of Love The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
23 If My Heart Could Write A Letter The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
24 Isn't It Amazing The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
25 I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night) The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
26 Good Golly Miss Molly The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 Model Girl The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
2 We've Got To Tell Them The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro
3 What A Surprise Johnny Maestro
4 The Warning Voice Johnny Maestro
5 Mr. Happiness Johnny Maestro
6 Test Of Love Johnny Maestro
7 I.O.U. Johnny Maestro
8 The Way You Look Tonight Johnny Maestro
9 Little Miracles The Crests
10 Baby I Gotta Know The Crests
11 It Must Be Love Johnny Maestro
12 Besame Baby Johnny Maestro
13 The Actor The Crests
14 Three Tears In A Bucket The Crests
15 Guilty The Crests
16 Number One With Me The Crests
17 Baby The Original Crests With Johnny Maestro
18 I Love You So The Original Crests With Johnny Maestro
19 Earth Angel The Crests
20 My Special Angel The Crests
21 Butterfly The Crests
22 A Rose And A Baby Ruth The Crests
23 Party Doll The Crests
24 Silhouettes The Crests
  • Artist:
    Johnny Maestro & The Crests
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    April 2022
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