The Brooklyn Bridge (a.k.a. The Bridge and Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge) is a highly acclaimed and veteran pop vocal group that became famous during the late 1960s. They are best known for their smash rendition of the lovelorn Jimmy Webb-penned ballad, "Worst That Could Happen" (1968).
Formed in 1968 in Long Island, New York, the original lineup consisted of Mike Gregorio, Fred Ferrara (d. October 21, 2011, age 69), Les Cauchi (December 18, 1942 - March 3, 2020), and former lead singer of The Crests, Johnny Maestro (May 7, 1939 - March 24, 2010, b. John Peter Mastrangelo), who had all been members of The Del-Satins prior to forming The Brooklyn Bridge. Instrumental backing was provided by the multi-member ensemble, The Rhythm Method. By late 1968, The Brooklyn Bridge had signed with Buddah Records and released their eponymous debut album.
The Brooklyn Bridge debuted in 1968 with "Worst That Could Happen," which became a Top 5 hit and soon after went gold. Their many other hits, which continued on the Pop/Rock charts through 1970, also include "Blessed Is The Rain" (1969), "Welcome Me Love" (1969), "Your Husband - My Wife" (1969), "You'll Never Walk Alone" (1969), "Down By The River" (1970), and "Day Is Done" (1970). Other songs for which they are well known include "Free As The Wind" (1970), which became a Top 40 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart.
At the height of their fame, The Brooklyn Bridge appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and a number of other TV programs. They have continued to perform and record to the present day, with a number of personnel changes over the years. The Brooklyn Bridge was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005, and the following year, they were inducted into the South Carolina Music (Rhythm & Blues) Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
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