Saturday, 29 April 2017

April Stevens born 29 April 1936

April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio, April 29, 1936, Niagara Falls, New York) is an American singer. 

She has recorded since she was 15 years old. Her most popular solo recording was her RCA Victor recording of "I'm in Love Again" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter). Accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Henri René, Stevens' recording peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1951. 

Stevens returned to the U.S. chart in 1959 with the song "Teach Me Tiger", which caused a minor uproar for its sexual suggestiveness and consequently did not receive airplay on many radio stations. The song peaked at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Stevens' recording of this song is often erroneously accredited to Marilyn Monroe. 

She is perhaps best known for her 1963 Atco Records recording of "Deep Purple" (music by Peter DeRose and lyrics by Mitchell Parish) with her brother Antonino LoTempio (singing under the stage name Nino Tempo). A standard song that Larry Clinton and His Orchestra and band vocalist Bea Wain had popularized in 1939, the Stevens and Tempo version reached No.1 on the Billboard chart in November 1963. The song won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

"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
interludes were "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 Ertegun 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. When radio stations preferred "Deep Purple," Ertegun relented, and so "I've Been Carrying A Torch..." holds the distinction of being the longest title of a flipside of a Billboard number one record. Despite being considered "rock and roll," "Deep Purple" also reached number one on Billboard's Adult Contemporary singles chart.  

They also enjoyed a 1964 follow-up hit in the U.S. with the standard song "Whispering" (music by Vincent Rose and lyrics by Richard Coburn and John Schonberger). The recording, which had an arrangement similar to their recording of "Deep Purple", reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. They also had chart success with "All Strung Out", which reached No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. 

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". 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 #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.  

On October 28, 1999, April and Nino were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Nino was not able to attend the gala, but April flew in for the honour, and, surrounded by friends and family, beamed as she delivered her acceptance, along with a reading of a touching and heartfelt letter that Nino had sent for the occasion.    (Info mainly Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “Teach Me Tiger - April Stevens” go here:

01 Do It Again
02 Teach Me Tiger
03 I Want A Lip
04 In Other Words (Fly Me To The Moon)
05 I Get Ideas
06 Talk To Me
07 I'm In Love Again
08 That's My Name
09 I'm Making Believe
10 I'll Wait For Your Love
11 It Can't Be Strong
12 When My Baby Smiles At Me
13 That Warm Afternoon
14 Aw... C'mon
15 Jonny
16 You And Only You
17 Love Kitten
18 Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya,
19 The Tricks Of The Trade
20 I'm in Love Again [Alternate Version]
21 Put Me In Your Pocket
22 Dreamy Melody

A big thank you to Maria @ Jukebox City for active link.