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Greatest Hits

The Crests

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This 18-track collection compiles the notable sides Johnny Maestro and the Crests recorded for the New York-based Coed label. Although their debut single — the doo wop collector favorite "My Juanita," originally released on the Joyce label — isn't aboard, all of their biggies like the classic "16 Candles," "Six Nights a Week," "The Angels Listened In," "A Year Ago Tonight," "Step By Step," and "Trouble in Paradise" more than pick up the slack. The transfers are excellent, many of them amazingly in true stereo. There's a reason that this mixed group of four African-Americans and a white Italian lead singer is so revered by doo wop collectors, and here's where you'll find their legacy.

Biography

Formed: 1956

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s

One of the most successful integrated doo wop groups, the Crests waxed the classic ballad "16 Candles" in 1959. Formed in 1956, they began recording the next year for Joyce, where they inched onto the pop lists with "Sweetest One." Moving to the brand-new Coed logo, Johnny Maestro's (b. May 7, 1939) warm tenor made "16 Candles" a national smash, and pop/R&B hybrids like "The Angels Listened In" and "Step by Step" also did well. Maestro went solo in 1960, scoring the next year with "Model Girl"...
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