Formed in New York City, USA, in 1956, the Crests soon became one of the most successful of the integrated doo-wop groups of the period, after being discovered by Al Browne. Headed by the lead tenor of Johnny Mastro (Johnny Mastrangelo, 7 May 1930, USA), the rest of the band comprised Harold Torres, Talmadge Gough, J.T. Carter and Patricia Van Dross. By 1957 they were recording for Joyce Records and achieved their first minor pop hit with Sweetest One. Moving to the new Coed label, the Crests (without Van Dross) recorded their signature tune and one of doo-wops enduring classics, 16 Candles, a heartfelt and beautifully orchestrated ballad. It became a national pop hit at number 2 in the Billboard charts, paving the way for further R&B and pop successes such as Six Nights A Week, The Angels Listened In and Step By Step. At this time the band was almost permanently on the road....
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