Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
Appearing on the Westchester Broadway Theatre stage this Monday, December 10th - Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge. This is a legendary group performing many hits from the past. A little about them from their own website, http://www.j-maestro-bklyn-bridge.com ...
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. 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. 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 Griffin ,Della Reese shows and more. Other hits followed, including "Welcome Me Love", "Blessed Is The Rain", "Your Husband My Wife", and "You’ll Never Walk Alone". 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 original touring company of Jesus Christ Super Star, followed by Martin D’Amico, who joined on keyboards and later contributed on trumpet and vocals. 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. And coming early spring 2005 a new DVD with their newest releases. 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, Carnegie Hall, Nassau Coliseum, New Haven Coliseum, Casino's in Atlantic City, Connecticut, Mississippi, Las Vegas 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.