Singer Johnny Maestro dies in Fla., battled cancer

This June 2009 photo provided by John "Swede" Spoltore shows Johnny Maestro in Morristown, N.J. Maestro, who fronted the rock-and-roll and doo-wop band Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, has died at the age of 70. Original band member Les Cauchi says Maestro died late Wednesday in Florida, and had been battling cancer. Maestro began his career in the 1950s with The Crests, whose hits included "16 Candles and later performed The Brooklyn Bridge hit "The Worst That Could Happen," on the Ed Sullivan Show. (AP Photo/John "Swede" Spoltore) NO SALES (AP)

March 25, 2010 1:39:07 PM PDT
Singer Johnny Maestro, who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with The Brooklyn Bridge, has died of cancer. He was 70.