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Put Johnny Maestro In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Updated on January 13, 2013

Maestro, Hall of Fame. It's About Time

This lens is dedicated to the very talented Johnny Maestro. We lost Johnny this year but his music lives on. His music has been responsible for making Rock and Roll what it is today. He was a visionary and a person responsible for the many married couples out there today. His music brought both joy and romance. His songs, 16 Candles My Juanita, Step by Step, Sweetest One and the Angels Listened In and many more will live on for years to come.

He belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why he has not been inducted makes no sense after all he did for Rock and Roll. I need your help, I need everyone's help in making this happen. Vote in the poll at the end of this lens. Write to the Rock and Roll hall of Fame urging them to nominate Johnny Maestro to the hall. The Hall of Fame loses credibility if they continue to refuse to do the right thing and place Maestro in the Hall.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Process

From what I was told you have to be first nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by people on the board. Once nominated, all those already inducted in the hall get a vote to approve that nomination. That is where the problem lies. Those people making the decision as to who to nominate are the ones that keeps on passing Johnny up.

Response From The Rock And Roll Hall Fame

This is the ridiculous response from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as to why Johnny Maestro has not been inducted yet

Thanks for your comments. We receive literally thousands of emails every year like yours about hundreds of different artists. Consequently, part of this communication is a standard response as to how the induction process works. First of all, the only reason Johnny Maestro has not been inducted is that he did not get enough votes to date to make the final ballot. OR, upon making the ballot did not get enough votes to be inducted. There are no conspiracies and no one has veto power. Moreover, like all other Halls of Fame, there is no method or vehicle for fans to nominate or vote for candidates.

Above all else, please remember the following: Everyone personalizes everything about rock and roll. This is another way of saying that many fans believe that their opinion is uniquely compelling and definitive. Given that statistics are not considered relevant (see below), the definition of "rock and roll," who is or was important, and who should be inducted is inevitably subjective.

With that overview, here’s how the process works. Nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame is not about popularity, record sales, which label the artist is on, or anything other than the process below. Unlike sports, statistics are not relevant. To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a recording, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence. We consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction.

Like it or not, the evaluation of these factors is subjective and can only be answered by the votes of our nominators and voters. In addition, even if an artist meets the requirements above, it doesn’t mean that they get inducted automatically. They still need to get the support of both Committees.

The entire nomination and induction process is coordinated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York City. Artists can be inducted in four categories: Performer, Early Influence, Ahmet Ertegun Award (Inductees from the recording industry) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Recording Excellence. The latter three are evaluated and decided by separate committees for each category.

Unlike the other three categories, the selection of Performers is a two-step process. It begins with a Nominating Committee consisting of a diverse panel of living inductees, journalists, educators, critics, historians, noted musicians, industry heads, etc. Each member receives a guide noting those eligible for the first time, those who have been nominated unsuccessfully before and all other eligible artists. Virtually every significant artist of the past 50 years has likely been discussed at this level. A large majority are very qualified, but have yet to get the votes to make the final ballot. Some have even made it on the ballot numerous times, but have not received sufficient votes to be inducted.

Those nominated are sent to a Voting Committee of over 600 people (all living inductees, critics, educators, journalists, historians, music industry folks, musicians, etc.) around the world. Again, the factors to be considered are impact, innovation and influence on this music that we broadly define as rock and roll, as well as their overall musical excellence.

Gold records, number one hits, and million sellers are not appropriate standards for evaluation. Standards for artistic merit cannot be objective, because such standards are historically and culturally constructed. Artistic merit cannot be measured by statistics. What is valued as good music or visual art or literature changes over time, depending on cultural conditions and who is deciding.

Those receiving the highest number of votes are inducted into the Hall. Usually, this means five to seven new performing members each year.

Having said all this, I believe that all worthy candidates will be inducted, just not always when they or their fans deem timely. This phenomenon is not unique to us. The sports halls of fame have had many great stars that do not get inducted in their early years of eligibility or for many years to come.

Greg Harris

President & CEO

In the Beginnning

Lower East Side

New York City-born Johnny Maestro (born John Mastrangelo; May 7, 1939 - March 24, 2010) began his career in 1957 as the original lead singer of The Crests, one of the first interracial groups of the recording industry.[1][2] Patricia Van Dross, older sister to famed R&B singer Luther Vandross, sang with Johnny Maestro while The Crests were signed to the Joyce Record label. Before The Crests signed with Coed Records, Patricia left the group because her mother didn't want her 15-year old daughter touring with the older guys. After a regional hit with "My Juanita"/"Sweetest One" on the Joyce label, and two years of chart success on Coed Records with "16 Candles", "Six Nights A Week", "Step by Step", "The Angels Listened In", and "Trouble in Paradise", Maestro left The Crests for a solo career. Maestro was unable to reach his former chart heights with The Crests, but did have Top 40 hits with "What A Surprise" and "Model Girl" in 1961. (this was taken from Wikipedia) I heard in an interview that I Thank The Moon was being sang in the Smith Projects on Catherine Street on the Lower East Side.

The Crests - I Thank The Moon

One fantastic Song. The Flip side of Pretty Little Angel.

A great Album for your collection

20 All-Time Greatest Hits
20 All-Time Greatest Hits

This album has his great songs from 16 candles, Pretty Little Angel, I Thank The Moon and the Fantastic b-side song, Beside You and much more.


Beside You - Another Fantastic Song

Again this was a b- side recording.

Doing what he did best
Doing what he did best

After the Crests

The Music Continued

After making a name for himself as lead singer of the Crests, vocalist Johnny Maestro formed Brooklyn Bridge in 1967 and scored a gold record the next year on Buddah with a cover of the Fifth Dimension's heartbroken "Worst That Could Happen." Brooklyn Bridge were an amalgam of Maestro, the Del Satins (the vocal group that backed Dion on many of his early-'60s solo hits), and a brassy outfit called the Rhythm Method. Brooklyn Bridge enjoyed several more hits in 1969 and 1970, and Maestro often performed on the oldies circuit during the decades to follow. He died of cancer at his home in Cape Coral, FL, in March 2010 at the age of 70

The Sound of Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge

The Hits Of Johnny Maestro And The Brooklyn Bridge
The Hits Of Johnny Maestro And The Brooklyn Bridge

This is Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge at their Best. Every hit that they had is on this album. A must have for true fans of Johnny Maestro.


Listen to his talent

The Light is Dim Now

But His Music Continues

We have to thank Johnny Maestro for the many years he made us smile and sometimes made us cry. He brought romance to many couples. His music will live on for years to come. IT IS TIME TO PLACE HIM WHERE HE NEEDS AND DESERVES TO BE, THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.

The Best Way To End This - Johnny Sings

He now walks with those who left before him. He now sings to the Angels in heaven.

Let the Rock and Roll hall of Fame hear from you

This will help us put the pressure on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to nominate Johnny Maestro.

Should Johnny Maestro be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Music by Johnny Maestro

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    • nyclittleitaly profile image

      nyclittleitaly 3 years ago

      @dpmull01: That is so true..... It makes the RR Hall of Fame diminished

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      dpmull01 3 years ago

      I met Johnny Maestro on several occasions when I lived in NYC many years ago.He was one of the greatest influences on my singing and still is now that I'm taking it up again. I do not claim to have known him well or to be a close friend . But the was a guy who would find time to speak to you and remember your name. I believe that he is one of the greatest singers of that era and genre. That he isn't in the R&R Hall of Fame is a travesty.

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you for visiting my lens and for both your comments and blessing. I will be very happy when Johnny Maestro is finally inducted into the Hall of Fame where he belongs.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Thanks for supporting Johnny Maestro. Hopefully the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board will reconsider and correct their oversight.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Great tribute to Johnny Maestro. His music will always be with us

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      The process of becoming an artist of the hall of fame does seem complicated. I can think of several artists who I think are deserving, but are passed up, also. Hopefully Mr. Maestro will be placed there in the future. =D

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @sheezie77: Thank you for stopping by.

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      sheezie77 6 years ago

      Interesting reading!

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @totorotube: Yes, Beside You was the B side to 16 Candles but originally it was supposed to be the a side. It really is a fantastic song.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hmm, was just here recently and my ratings are showing but my comment seems to have just happens some of the time for reasons we will never know I guess. I believe its time Johnny Maestro was in the Hall of Fame for sure!

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      totorotube 6 years ago

      Just falling in love "Beside You" xD

      thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great tribute to him! he sounds like a great singer by your music selection you've chosen for your readers to hear.

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      harubel 6 years ago

      Excellent ! i think your lens will help to live Johnny Maestro to live in our heart

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Great lens. I had no idea who Johnny Maestro was until you mentioned Brooklyn Bridge..."Worst That Could Happen" is a great tune. Anyway, good luck with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there are numerous deserving superstars who can't seem to get in (starting with a little band named "Rush").

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hope the Maestro continues to live in the hearts of people.

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @jadehorseshoe: Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @jadehorseshoe: thank you

    • jadehorseshoe profile image

      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Excellent Lens!

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @wolfie10: Thank you for your response.

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      wolfie10 6 years ago

      very nice lens. i haven't heard of this Johnny Maestro before and it isn't the type of music i listen too, but you did a good job in getting me to have aa listen and a read about him.

      well done

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      @hughgrissettsr lm: Thank you for your comment. It really is too bad that he was never placed in the Hal of Fame while he was alive. As you said he did great work with the crest and the brooklyn bridge.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      great lens! he should be in! he did great work with the crests,solo,and with the brooklyn bridge!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your Lens on Johnny Maestro. Bravo!!! Maybe this will help in getting him nominated too.