Nino Tempo & April Stevens

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Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Origin Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1960s –
Labels Atco
White Whale
A&M Records
Website http://www.ninoandapril.com/
Members Nino Tempo
April Stevens

Nino Tempo & April Stevens (Antonino and Carol LoTempio) are a brother and sister singing act from Niagara Falls, New York. Formed in the early 1960s when Nino Tempo and April Stevens signed as a duo with Atco Records, they had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" for the single "Deep Purple".[1]

"Deep Purple"[edit]

"Deep Purple" is notable for April Stevens' speaking the lyrics in a low, sweet voice during the second half of the song while her brother sings. When the duo first recorded the song as a demo, Tempo forgot the words, and Stevens spoke the lyrics to remind him. The producers thought Stevens' spoken interlude was "cute" and should be included on the finished product, but according to Stevens, her brother was not as easily convinced: "He didn't want anyone talking while he was singing!"

Producer Ahmet Ertegün had originally intended "Deep Purple" to be the B-side of a song called "I've Been Carrying A Torch For You So Long That It Burned A Great Big Hole In My Heart": he was dubious of Tempo's belief that it would be a hit, calling it "the most embarrassing thing" the duo had ever recorded.[2] When radio stations preferred "Deep Purple," Ertegun relented, and so "I've Been Carrying A Torch ..." held the distinction of being the longest title of a flipside of a Billboard number one record, until Prince's "When Doves Cry" in 1984 had "17 Days ..." on its flipside.

Despite being considered "rock and roll," "Deep Purple" also reached number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary singles chart.[3] The record was followed by a series of singles of more oldies in a similar style: "Whispering", "Stardust", "Tea for Two".

Later career[edit]

Music journalist Richie Unterberger has described the later disc "All Strung Out" as Nino Tempo & April Stevens' "greatest triumph", declaring it "one of the greatest Phil Spector-inspired productions of all time".[4] For years following their charting singles, the duo continued recording, but failed to achieve continued sales success.

However, in March 1973 the duo scored a No. 5 hit in the Netherlands with "Love Story" on A&M Records, two years after Andy Williams took that same song to #13 in the Dutch Top 40.

Select discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Nino Tempo's Rock 'N Roll Beach Party (1956) Liberty Records LRP3023
  • A Nino Tempo - April Stevens Program Nino Tempo (Side One) & April Stevens (Side Two) RCA Camden CAS 824
  • Teach Me Tiger (1959) Imperial 12055
  • Deep Purple (1963) Atco 33-156 (Mono) and Atco SD 33-156 (Stereo)
  • Nino And April Sing the Great Songs (1964) Atco 33-162 (Mono) and Atco SD 33-162 (Stereo)
  • Hey Baby! (1966) Atco 33-180 (Mono) and Atco SD 33-180 (Stereo)
  • All Strung Out (1966) White Whale WW-113 (Mono) and White Whale WW-7113 (Stereo)
  • Come See Me 'Round Midnight (Nino Tempo & 5th Avenue Sax) A&M SP3629
  • Love Story and Their Hits of Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow Nino Tempo & April Stevens (Shown as Nino & April, New A& M Singles, plus five early hits. Re-recorded and released only in Europe) A&M 87 980 IT

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side) Chart positions Album
US US
AC
US R&B UK
1960 "High School Sweetheart"
b/w "Ooeah! (That's What You Do To Me)"
Non-album tracks
1961 "A Letter On A Train"
b/w "Big John"
Shown as by Carol and Anthony
1962 "Sweet and Lovely"
b/w "True Love (Means More Than Anything)"
77 Deep Purple
1963 "Paradise"
b/w "Indian Love Call"
126
"Baby Weemus"[5]
b/w "(We'll Always Be) Together"
"Deep Purple"[6]
b/w "I've Been Carrying A Torch For You So Long That
I Burned A Great Big Hole In My Heart"
1 4 17
"Whispering"
b/w "Tweedlee Dee" (Non-album track)
11 4 20 Nino and April Sing The Great Songs
1964 "Stardust"
b/w "I-45" (Non-album track)
32 10
"Tea For Two" / 56
"I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" 99
"Who"
b/w "I Surrender Dear"
"Ooh La La"
b/w "Melancholy Baby" (Non-album track)
113 Hey Baby!
"Our Love"
b/w "Honeysuckle Rose" (from Nino and April Sing The Great Songs)
Non-album track
1965 "These Arms Of Mine"
b/w "The Coldest Night Of The Year"
Hey Baby!
"Swing Me"
b/w "Tomorrow Is Soon A Memory"
127
"Think Of You"
b/w "I'm Sweet On You" (Non-album track)
"I Love How You Love Me"
b/w "Tears Of Sorrow" (Non-album track)
"Poison Of Your Kiss"
b/w "Hey Baby"
1966 "Bye Bye Blues"
B-side by Nino Tempo Orchestra: "King Kong"
All Strung Out
"All Strung Out"
b/w "I Can't Go On Living Baby Without You"
26
"You'll Be Needing Me Baby"
b/w "The Habit Of Lovin' You Baby"
133
1967 "My Old Flame"
b/w "Wings Of Love" (from All Strung Out)
101 Non-album track
"I Can't Go On Livin' Without You, Baby"
b/w "Little Child"
86 All Strung Out
1968 "Let It Be Me"
b/w "Wings Of Love" (from All Strung Out)
127 Non-album tracks
"Ooh Poo Pa Do"
b/w "The Habit Of Lovin' You" (from All Strung Out)
1969 "Yesterday I Heard The Rain"
b/w "Did I Or Didn't I"
"Sea Of Love--The Dock Of The Bay"
b/w "Twilight Time"
1972 "Love Story"
b/w "Hoochy Coochy-Wing Dang Doo" (Non-album track)
113 Love Story
"Darling You Were All That I Had"
b/w "You're Losing Me"
Non-album tracks
"She's My Baby"
b/w "Tomorrow Is Soon A Memory" (from Hey Baby!)
1973 "Put It Where You Want It"
b/w "I Can't Get Over You Baby"
Love Story
1975 "You Turn Me On"
b/w "Never Had A Lover"
38 Non-album tracks
1976 "What Kind Of Fool Am I"
b/w "You and Only You"
1980 "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"
b/w "I Never Loved Anyone Like I Love You"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Edition. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. p. 139
  2. ^ Bronson, Fred. (October 1, 2003) The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, updated and expanded 5th Edition. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. p. 139
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 167. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ Nino Tempo & April Stevens Biography at AllMusic
  5. ^ Vancouver's CFUN chart May 25, 1963
  6. ^ Discography information and Billboard charting taken from Billboard charts at AllMusic. UK charting from Roberts, David (2002). Guinness World Records British Hit Singles (15th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-187-X. , p.464

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