Nino Tempo & April Stevens (b. Antonino and Carol Vincinette LoTempio) are a veteran brother and sister vocal duo from Niagara Falls, New York that became famous during the 1960s. Their long string of hits included updated renditions of such traditional pop standards as "Stardust," "Tea For Two," and "Deep Purple," the latter of which became their best known song. Prior to signing with Atco Records in the early 1960s as a duo, both siblings had already launched their careers in show business by their teens. April Stevens (b. April 29, 1929) began recording solo at 15 and had her first hit in 1951 with "I'm In Love Again." She became widely known for her sultry, breathy delivery as heard on such hits as "Teach Me Tiger" (1959). Nino Tempo (b. January 6, 1935) was a child prodigy on the clarinet and the tenor saxophone and won his first talent show at age four. He also worked as an actor during his childhood and later became a highly sought-after session musician.
Nino Tempo & April Stevens debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1962 with their cover of "Sweet And Lovely," which was a #1 hit for Gus Arnheim & His Orchestra in 1931. The duo's fame took off in 1963 with "Deep Purple," which topped the Pop/Rock charts and made the R&B Top 5. Their pop rock cover of this Peter DeRose-penned pop classic, with a middle section featuring spoken lyrics by Stevens, also earned them a Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording. Other pop standards covers that became hits for Nino Tempo & April Stevens included "Whispering" (1963), "Stardust" (1964), "Tea For Two" (1964), and "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" (1964). The duo's later hits included the folk rockers, "All Strung Out" (1966) and "I Can't Go On Livin' Baby Without You" (1967). Nino Tempo had a minor hit in 1973 with the instrumental, "Sister James" (as Nino Tempo & 5th Ave. Sax). The duo's final charting song came in 1975 on the Adult Contemporary charts, "You Turn Me On" (as Nino & April).
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- Deep Purple 1963
(This song, which previously topped the charts for Larry Clinton's Orchestra (1939), topped the charts for Deep Purple in 1963 and also became a hit for Billy Ward & His Dominoes (1957) and Donny & Marie Osmond (1976).)
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