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April Stevens and Nino Tempo - Deep Purple

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Uploaded on Mar 12, 2010

April Stevens & Nino Tempo are a brother and sister act from New York. Formed in the early 1960s when Nino Tempo and April Stevens signed as a duo with Atco Records, the group had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" for the single "Deep Purple". "Deep Purple" was originally released as a "B-side" by producer Ahmet Ertegun, who was dubious of Tempo's belief that it would be a hit, calling it "the most embarrassing thing" the duo had ever recorded. When the "A-side" song, "Paradise", flopped, Ertegun relented, and the song achieved notability as the longest running hit B-side, a title it carried for 21 years.

Music journalist Richie Unterberger has described the later song "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.

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