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(Omnivore Recordings)  16 Tracks - Digipack Though there were other integrated ’50s... mehr

The Crests: The Best Of The Crests (CD)

(Omnivore Recordings)  16 Tracks - Digipack

Though there were other integrated ’50s vocal groups, The Crests demonstrated that musical and racial harmony went hand in hand. From the liner notes by Bill Dahl, “Several integrated 1950s vocal groups preceded them, notably The Meadowlarks and Dell-Vikings, but this young quartet from the lower East Side of Manhattan took the concept to the ultimate. Powerhouse lead singer John Mastrangelow (shortened to Mastro and then Maestro), born May 7, 1939 and of Italian-American ancestry, was joined by African American first tenor Talmadge “Tommy” Gough and bass singer J.T. Carter and second tenor Harold “Chico” Torres, who was of Puerto Rican descent. They found heavenly unity by crooning sweet doo-wop.”

The Crests were discovered singing in the subway, signed to Joyce Records and their debut single, “Sweetest One” charted nationally. At the time, they had another member in Patricia Vandross (Luther’s sister). Unfortunately, Joyce Records was short lived, but one of the writers for Joyce introduced the group to Coed where they became the first signing for the label. Patricia was also out post-Joyce as her mother didn’t want her out on the road.

It only took a couple of single releases to get to “16 Candles” the eternal classic doo-wop ballad. Starting out as the B-side to “Beside You,” when flipped it hit #2 on the pop charts and #4 on the R&B in early 1959. Johnny Maestro gives Alan Freed the credit for the single flip to “16 Candles” and Dick Clark featured it on American Bandstand, pushing it even further.

More hits followed, but none topped “16 Candles” and by the next year Coed decided that Johnny should be recorded as a solo artist. The Best Of The Crests Featuring Johnny Mastro: 16 Fabulous Hits was released to summarize the group’s tenure at Coed. Johnny Maestro continued on as a solo artist and eventually fronted The Brooklyn Bridge. He can be heard on their 1969 #3 hit, “Worst That Can Happen.”


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  • Interpret: The Crests

  • Albumtitel: The Best Of The Crests (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Artikelart CD

  • Label Omnivore Records

  • EAN: 0816651019076

  • Gewicht in Kg: 0.1
Crests, The - The Best Of The Crests (CD) CD 1
01 16 candles The Crests
02 A year ago The Crests
03 Six nights a week The Crests
04 Angels listened in The Crests
05 Gee (but i'd give the world) The Crests
06 Step by step The Crests
07 I thank the moon The Crests
08 Pretty little angel The Crests
09 Journey of love The Crests
10 Trouble in paradise The Crests
11 Earth angel The Crests
12 Flower of love The Crests
13 Always you The Crests
14 If my heart could write a letter The Crests
15 Molly mae The Crests
16 Isn't it amazing The Crests
The Crests Step By Step Johnny Maestro and his Crests had a good thing going at Coed... mehr
"The Crests"

The Crests

Step By Step

Johnny Maestro and his Crests had a good thing going at Coed Records. Co-owner George Paxton was a music publisher whose output displayed a polish that a lot of New York indies lacked. The Crests had been Coed's flagship group since their 16 Candles just missed topping the pop hit parade (you'll find it on our 1958 edition).

Maestro's powerhouse leads and the harmonies of second tenor Tommy Gough, baritone Harold Torres, and bass J.T. Carter ensured that the multi-ethnic Crests kept posting hits: Six Nights A Week, Flower Of Love, and The Angels Listened In in 1959 alone. Step By Step, written by house songsmiths Ollie Jones (a former member of The Ravens and Cues) and Billy Dawn Smith, sailed to #14 pop in the spring of '60 with Gee (But I'd Give The World) residing on the opposite side.

"That got us back up in the Top Ten again," said the late Maestro. "It was a good song." Coed spared no expense. "That was great. The sound was phenomenal, the first time being there in the studio with live strings. A beautiful sound." Paxton's studio demeanor was calm. "He was kind of laidback. He never really had much to say. It was mostly the arrangers who had most of the say in the recordings. He'd throw his two cents in once in a while. He'd always be there, of course. But Bert Keyes and Billy Dawn, they were very instrumental in all of our recordings."

Between Step By Step and its Top 20 followup Trouble In Paradise, The Crests were flying high. But trouble loomed on the horizon. "'Trouble In Paradise,' I think, was the beginning of the end for the Crests,” said Maestro. "The record company told us that sales started diminishing because of the integration of the group, and they felt that we couldn't get any national exposure on national TV because of that. So they made the decision to start recording us separately - me as a soloist, and the group with another singer. We were young, we just really had no say-so in anything. And they kind of told us to what to do, so we just followed them and figured they knew what they knew what they were talking about.”

Maestro became a solo at Coed, nailing three 1961 hits. But he wasn't happy. "Being with a group all my life - all my vocal life, anyway - I was really used to being with the group in the studio and onstage. I had that support," he said. "So after a couple of records, I left the record company and just started traveling around the country with a band." Meanwhile, The Crests soldiered on without him. Maestro was singing with The Del-Satins, Dion's vocal group on Runaround Sue, but they wanted a bigger sound. They merged in 1966 with a horn band called The Rhythm Method. A new name was in order for the 11-piece outfit. "Someone at our manager's office made a comment, 'It's gonna be easier to sell the Brooklyn Bridge than sell a group of this size!'" laughed Johnny.

Buddah Records boss Neil Bogart wanted The Brooklyn Bridge to go bubblegum, but Maestro had heard a Jimmy Webb composition on a 5th Dimension album. "I said, 'This is a great song. I think we should arrange it our way and go into the studio,'" he said.The Brooklyn Bridge's Wes Farrell-produced rendition of Worst That Could Happen went gold in early '69, soaring to #3 pop. They scored lesser hits through 1970 and were still going strong when Maestro died March 24, 2010. 

 

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Tracklist
Crests, The - The Best Of The Crests (CD) CD 1
01 16 candles
02 A year ago
03 Six nights a week
04 Angels listened in
05 Gee (but i'd give the world)
06 Step by step
07 I thank the moon
08 Pretty little angel
09 Journey of love
10 Trouble in paradise
11 Earth angel
12 Flower of love
13 Always you
14 If my heart could write a letter
15 Molly mae
16 Isn't it amazing