The next songs to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens. The song was written in the early 1930s by pianist Peter DeRose and recorded as an instrumental. Then in 1938 lyrics were added by Mitchell Parish and was recorded by a few other artists. The version by Nino and April is notable for April speaking the lyrics in a low and sweet voice during the second half of the song.
Nino and April are actually brother and sister; born Antonino and Carol LoTempio. They were born in Niagara Falls, NY. April began recording as a teenager. In 1951 she had a hit song with “I’m in Love Again.” She charted again in 1959 with the minor hit “Teach Me Tiger.” Nino played clarinet and saxophone as a child. He was also a child actor in movies (“The Red Pony” – 1949 and “The Glenn Miller Story – 1953). He was also a sought after session musician before recording with his sister. He continues as a session musician.
“Deep Purple” was the number one song on the Cashbox record chart for 2 weeks (Nov. 2 -16). It was only at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for only the week of Nov. 7 – 16.
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