Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge!

My fellow boomer diva, Bev Mahone of the Boomer Diva Nation, reminded me about another bit of trivia on the Brooklyn Bridge - there was a 60's group called Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge who had a hit called "The Worse Thing That Could Happen" which I always thought was called "I heard You're Getting Married", lol.

For those of you who don't remember the song - this video should job your memories!

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  1. Wow! That was a trip down memory lane...to a time when songs made sense. This sounded like a live performance. Do you know if it was?

  2. Bev - It is a live performance, however - it looks to be on a television dance program (like Hullabaloo, American Bandstand, etc.)

    In those days, typically, performers lipsynched their performances to a recording for various reasons - one being low sound accoustics on those dance stages. So I couldn't really tell you if it was a "live" performance of the actual song.

  3. That was a cool clip to watch. Although I'm not sure either, I believe that the Brooklyn Bridge were singing and playing live.
    The clip was taken from "The Ed Sullivan Show". I could tell because I recognized the graphics that VH-1 used when they used to air "Ed Sullivan's Rock and Roll Classics" in the 1990s. Although it was sometimes fun for nostalgia's sake to watch the plate spinners, Topo Gigio, etc. when stations aired "The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show". However, I liked how VH-1 cut to the chase and presented what most people (at least me anyway) are mainly interested in seeing: the pop/rock/R&B performers that Ed presented over the years.

    Johnny Maestro is one of the more underrated vocalists of the rock era. I am a big fan of his time as lead singer of The Crests... Step By Step is one of my favorites!

  4. Malcolm - you are, as always, a font of great info!

    If it was the Ed Sullivan show then they were performing and singing live! Ed Sullivan never allowed anything but a live performance.

    Do you remember when he demanded that the Rolling Stones change the lyrics for "Let's Spend The Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together"????

  5. Yes, I do remember Ed making the Stones change that lyric (I like the annoyed look on Mick's face when he gets to that line in the song).

    For the most part, the performances on Ed Sullivan were live. However, I've also seen more than a few that were lip-synched. The Turtles, The Mamas & Papas, and The Byrds are some of the ones that come to mind. Below is the link to a clip from a Mamas & Papas documentary that contains one of their appearances on Ed Sullivan performing "Dedicated To the One I Love" (it starts at the 1:25 mark).


    In fact, every one of the Mamas and Papas' Ed Sullivan appearances I've seen were lip-synched performances. Mama Cass even jokingly made a reference to it when they performed "Creeque Alley". Leading up to the song, Mama Cass talked about the origins of "Creeque Alley" and then said, "cue the tape".

  6. Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge sang "The Worst That Could Happen" on Ed Sullivan's show on Dec. 15, 1968, and the song soon rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, are in great demand for live concerts, and Maestro sounds better than ever at the age of 69. In Nov. 2008, it will be 50 years since Maestro sang lead with The Crests on "16 Candles". Bravo Maestro!

  7. Malcolm - you're right! I had forgotten about Mama Cass and her remarks about performing on Ed Sullivan! I just remembered Ed saying "all performances are live" - hmmm, not such a "shewww" after all, huh?

    Topaz - Thanks for the additional info on The Brooklyn Bridge and Johnny Maestro - Happy 40th Anniversary to The Brooklyn Bridge and may Johnny celebrate with "16 Candles" that relight until they hit the big five-oh!

    Love all his commentary - this is what blogs are all about! Bravo to all of you for spreading the pop culture information wealth!

  8. Wow! All this discussion over the Brooklyn Bridge---when you were actually just talking about a BRIDGE! :)

  9. Beverly - You made me laugh! But that's what's cool about blogs - you can start on one thing and end up on something entirely different!!!!


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