Johnny Maestro Dies

Singer Johnny Maestro of the rock-and-roll and doo-wop band The Brooklyn Bridge has died.

Original band member Les Cauchi says Maestro died late Wednesday in Florida. Maestro was 70 and had been battling cancer. His last residence was in Cape Coral, Fla.

Maestro begin his career in the 1950s with The Crests, whose hits included “16 Candles.”

He later joined The Brooklyn Bridge, which has continued to perform.

Cauchi said the group performed its hit, “The Worst That Could Happen,” on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Other well-known songs include “Blessed is the Rain” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”