The Crests

Angels Listened In
#22 in 1959


The Crests were a popular New York R&B musical group of the late 1950s, often thought to be another all-black teenage-sound band, they were in fact about as integrated as a group could get, with four men (two of them black, one Puerto Rican and one Italian) and one black female. The band was founded by JT Carter and included Talmoudge Gough, Harold Torres, and Patricia Vandross (older sister of the late Luther Vandross). JT found lead vocalist Johnny Mastrangelo (later just Johnny Maestro). The group had several Top 40 hits in the 1950s, including "16 Candles", "Step By Step" and "The Angels Listened In". The Crests were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
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