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The Crests Sixteen Candles

Doo Wop Groups

This song is for anyone who is sixteen — sixteen plus!

The song, written by Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent, was a big hit for The Crests, a New York R&B doo wop group. The song was released in 1958 and went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B Chart. It earned The Crests an RIAA Gold Record. Group members on this song are Johnny Maestro (Mastrangelo), J.T. Carter, Talmadge “Tommy” Gough, and Harold Torres. “Sixteen Candles” has been a juke box favorite over the years. Also, it was featured in American Graffiti and inspired the title of the 1984 film Sixteen Candles (the Stray Cats did  a cover of the song for the movie).

Here are the lyrics to “Sixteen Candles” by The Crests:

“Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday, baby
Oh, I love you so

Sixteen candles make a lovely light
But not as bright as your eyes tonight
(as your eyes tonight) (Oh)
Blow out the candles, make your wish come true
For I’ll be wishing that you love me, too
(that you love me, too)

You’re only sixteen (sixteen)
But you’re my teenage queen (you’re my queen)
You’re the prettiest, loveliest girl I’ve ever seen
(I’ve ever seen) (OH!)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so (for I love you so)

You’re only sixteen (sixteen)
But you’re my teenage queen (you’re my queen)
Oh, you’re the prettiest, loveliest girl I’ve ever seen
(I’ve ever seen) (OH!)

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so
(for I love you so)
For I love you so!!!”

To read about The Crests: “A Conversation with The Crests’s JT Carter.” For more songs by The Crests: “The Angels Listened In” and “Trouble in Paradise.”

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3 Comments

  1. […] If you are interested in reading an interview with J.T. Carter, the founder of The Crests  and Huffington Post music reviewer Mike Ragogna, please click here for “A Conversation with The Crests’ JT Carter.” For more songs by The Crests: “The Angels Listened In” and “Sixteen Candles.” […]

  2. Rachael says:

    This is for Rachael for her 16th Birthday. Love Papa.

  3. Bob Phillips says:

    Johnny Maestro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Top 20

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