#944: Isn’t It Amazing by The Crests
The Crests were a doo-wop group formed by J.T. Carter with Talmadge Gough, Harold Torres and Patricia Van Dross. With a group in place Carter chose Johnny Mastrangelo to be the lead vocalist and had his name on the billing as Johnny Mastro (later changed to Johnny Maestro). Maestro’s vocal style helped The Crests rack up five Top 40 hits on the national Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. Their second single release, “16 Candles,” climbed up to #2. Other Top 40 hits included “Six Nights A Week,” “The Angels Listened In,” “Step By Step” and “Trouble In Paradise.” Their first record was in 1957 with “Sweetest One.” Van Dross left the group after their debut single release. In the late 1950’s, The Crests performed on several national teen dance shows, including American Bandstand and The Dick Clark Show. The group was inter-racial: African-American, Puerto Rican and Italian-American.