The Crests were a late 1950s doo-wop group, whose 1959 Sixteen Candles was a national hit single. Sixteen Candles has appeared on innumerable compilation albums, has been covered by groups such as Sha Na Na, and was on the soundtrack for American Graffiti
and in the 1984 John Hughes movie of the same name performed by the Stray Cats. The Crests other hits included The Angels Listened In and Step by Step. Singer Johnny Maestro went on to score another hit Worst That Could Happen" with Brooklyn Bridge in 1968.
Phish covered Sixteen Candles once, during the New Years run on 12/29/96
at the Spectrum
in Philadelphia. Mike Gordon stepped to the piano at the end of an instrument switch jam during YEM
, sat down, settled in and shouted SEX! After a pause, it became apparent that it was actually the first syllable of sixteen. Cactus then went on to give a passable imitation of a psychedelic jamband member imitating a doo-wop singer.