JOHNNY MAESTRO & THE CRESTS TIMELESS TREASURES

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JOHNNY MAESTRO AND HIS MUSIC LIVE!!!! IN FACT HE IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR ARTISTS ON MY BLOG PAGE AND IS ALSO VERY POPULAR ON MY RADIO SHOW ON http://www.oldiesplus.net DOESN’T MATTER WHAT GROUP..THE CRESTS OR THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE HIS MUSIC IS TIMELESS AND EVERYSONG THAT JOHNNY SANG BECAME HIS OWN.

THIS POST WILL FEATURE A FEW TUNES THAT ARE NOT “A” SIDES OF SINGLE RECORDS, BUT LESS KNOWN. THEY HAVE BECOME FAVORITES ON JOE T’S SODA SHOP. HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE GREAT JOHNNY MAESTRO..TIMELESS TREASURES.


TWEEDLE-DEE ON KING TUT 172..SINGLE RELEASE (1978)


IF MY HEART COULD WRITE A LETTER COED 535 “B” SIDE 1960


BUTTERFLY 1960 FROM COED LP 901


MR. HAPPINESS 1961 COED RECORDS


BESIDE YOU 1958 FLIP OF 16 CANDLES COED 506

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RAY CHARLES “SWANEE RIVER ROCK”

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RAY CHARLES FIRST HIT SINGLE ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHARTS WAS “SWANEE RIVER ROCK” ON ATLANTIC RECORDS (ATLANTIC 1154). THE SINGLE RECORD MADE ITS CHART DEBUT ON OCTOBER 28, 1957. THE TUNE CLIMBED TO #34 AND REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 15 WEEKS. RAY’S HIT RECORD ALSO CHARTED ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART, CLIMBING TO #14. THE FLIP SIDE OF THE SINGLE RECORD WAS “I WANT A LITTLE GIRL”, IT DID NOT CHART.

RAY WOULD GO ON TO PLACE 91 TUNES ON THE BILLBOARD POP CHARTS BETWEEN 1957 AND 1993. HE WOULD CHART 86 RECORDS ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART BETWEEN 1949 AND 2002.

THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL IS PROUD TO POST RAY’S HIT RECORDING OF “SWANEE RIVER ROCK” FOR YOU TO ENJOY…JUST ONE OF THE HUGE NUMBER OF HIT SINGLE RECORDS RECORDED BY “THE GENIUS” RAY CHARLES.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE (JOE T)

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THE BELMONTS / DION & THE BELMONTS — “THE BEGINNING”

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Angelo D’Aleo, Freddie Milano and Carlo Mastrangelo were in their mid-teen when they signed to record a single on Mohawk Records.  The group was signed with the understanding that they would back Dion on his next recording session.

The Belmonts recorded…TEENAGE CLEMENTINE / SANTA MARGHERITA (Mohawk 106).  Irv Spice owner of Mohawk Records had no feel for “rock and roll” or the talented Belmonts.  The record did not chart.

Dion as the story goes, liked Carlo Mastrangelo’s new ballad,  WE WENT AWAY (Mohawk 107)  and quickly recorded it as the first single for the newly-formed…Dion & The Belmonts.  The flip-side of the record was…TAG ALONG.  Hugo Montenegro directed the recording session.  WE WENT AWAY  was recorded in December of 1957.  The record did not receive much radio air-play and did not chart.

A few months later Irv Spice gave Gene and Bob Schwartz the contract of Dion & The Belmonts.  They left Spice to form their…

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