It's nostalgia time...
Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge
It's nostalgia time...
For a number of years this was the official website for Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge.
Content is from the site's archived pages, as well as from other outside sources.
It only seems like yesterday that the Woodbridge Channels recorded Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge in concert. The summer concerts have always drawn a good size audience, but no one could match the size of the audience for Johnny's concerts. Little did we know that this was to be Johnny's last performance in Woodbridge. Please enjoy this performance of the legendary Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The story of Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge is one that spans virtually the entire rock era. It begins with The Crests in the latter half of the 50's, as the marriage of swing, blues and country music was giving birth to rock n'roll, and it continues today, in a period of musical and technological sophistication, with The Brooklyn Bridge, through new recordings, and a stage show that is one of the strongest and most popular on the east coast. In these live appearances, the Bridge takes its audience on a tour through the history of the band and its members, and also offers a glimpse of its current musical direction, all the while showcasing the power and artistry of the incomparable Johnny Maestro. 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. A string of hits followed, including "Trouble In Paradise", "Step By Step", "The Angels Listened In", and "Six Nights A Week". By the time the group disbanded in 1962, the record-buying public had developed a strong awareness of, and a great admiration for, the very special vocal abilities of Johnny Maestro.
The Original Crests
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. Les Cauchi has been an agent for the group since 1979 working with Banner Talent and James Evans Management. He has booked the group himself since 1993. They had also done studio work with several artists and were most notably the background vocalists on all of Dion’s solo efforts.
Brooklyn Bridge 1960's
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 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".
MusicMike's "Flashback Favorites"
Published on Aug 8, 2009
Here Is The Follow Up Song To Their Smash Hit "The Worst That Could Happen" By The Brooklyn Bridge. Lead Singer Johnny Maestro Delivers Outstanding Vocals On This 1969 Hit Called "Blessed Is The Rain"
Brooklyn Bridge 1970's
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. During the seventies, the group went through both musical and personnel changes. Louis Agiesta joined on drums straight from the touring company of Jesus Christ Super Star, followed by Martin D’Amico, who joined on keyboards and later contributed on trumpet and vocals. Ed Lisciandro, former RCA recording artist with New York Central joined on guitar and vocals, after touring the USA and Europe with Phil Spectors’ Crystals. Finally, the newest member of the current line-up, Jim Sarle (a former student of original member Jim Rosica) completed the mix, adding some of the most extraordinary guitar playing on the music scene today. A little know fact is that Jim played the guitar solo on the cut "Bridge in Blue" in 1971 for us when he was only sixteen years old. The success story of Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge has continued throughout the years.
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 slated for 1998 release) 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.
Brooklyn Bridge Today
For the last thirty years they have traveled this country bringing their music to you, the public. The only form of appreciation that they know is either record sales, applause at personal appearances or the occasional fan who approaches them for their autographs. With their own website they are able to actually interact with their public. Perhaps there are songs you would like to hear at their concerts, personal messages (ex. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) at a specific engagment in the future or just to let them know you are out there. Their albums are for sale at the merchandise page, please use the e-mail they have provided to contact them. They would appreciate hearing from you
For merchandise please write to: Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, POBox 309M Bayshore, NY 11706
TEE SHIRTS, SWEAT SHIRTS, JACKETS and HATS are on the next page
1. The Angels Listened In
14. Your Husband, My Wife
1. Beside You
1. Christmas Is
3. Christmas Serenade
|1. OOO Child
2. My Girl
3. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
4. I Love You More Today
5. Daddy's Home
6. Young Girl
This CD was produced by JABB recording. Listen real carefully and you'll hear the unmistakable sound of "Johnny"
JOELAND THE DYMENSIONS
|7. I Count The Tears
8. I Do Love You
9. So In Love
10. Lonely Too Long
12. Cara Mia
|Now available, a poster history of Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge
AN ADDED BONUS, buy our double album and accapella album and receive our Christmas album as a bonus.
Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge
PO Box 309M, Bayshore NY 11706
or call 631-696-0287
|Friday April 4th||The holiday Inn (clear channel radio) Fogelvill, Pa. 610-434-3600 Diane Lee|
|Saturday April 5th||Marist High School (mini show) Bayonne, New Jersey (Ronnie I. 973-365-0049|
|Saturday April 12th||The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Brooklyn NY. (Special event FDNY memorial for 9/11) early afternoon, to be advised|
|Saturday April 19th||The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 215-790-5800|
|Monday April 21st.||The Westchester Evening Dinner Theater, Elmsford, NY 914-592-2222|
|Saturday May 3rd||WEstbury Music Fair|
|Wednesday May 7th thru May 11th||Mohegen Sun/Casino|
|Monday June 23rd thru Saturday June 28th||Cruise to Canada out of NY|
|Saturday evening June 28th||Vila Roma, NY|
LOOK FOR OUR NEW ALBUM "PEACE ON EARTH" COMING SOON.
CRUISE TO CANADA PRESENTED BY ALL ABOUT CRUISES
JOHNNY MAESTRO AND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
EMILE STUCCHIO AND THE CLASSICS(till then)
THE CRESTS featuring Tommy Marra(tommy and the saints)
EDDIE HOLMAN(hey there lonely girl)
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