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April Stevens

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Birth name
Carol LoTempio

April Stevens



April Stevens in her gorgeous smile and daring see-through dress

April 29, 1936 (age 79)Niagara Falls, New York, U.S. (

Associated acts
Nino Tempo & April Stevens

Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Soft Warm Lips

Music group
Nino Tempo & April Stevens

Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song

Similar People
Nino Tempo, Henri Rene, Mae West, Diana Dors, Gloria Wood

Nino & April--Deep Purple

April Stevens (born Caroline LoTempio; April 29, 1929) is an American singer.


Young April Stevens' hands on her back while wearing dress

Deep purple by nino tempo and april stevens


April Stevens' gorgeous smile while wearing a gown and her legs crossed

Stevens 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 pop chart in 1951.

April Stevens looking afar while wearing scarf and long sleeves with Nino Tempo who is wearing polo shirt

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. The tune was featured in the 2006 film Blind Dating, the 2011 Flemish film drama North Sea Texas, and in Season 5 Episode 7 of Call the Midwife.

April Stevens holding a glass of wine while wearing black and cream dress with Nino Tempo in his brown coat and black long sleeves

She is 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 Hot 100 on 16 November 1963, and No.17 in the British charts. The song won the 1963 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

Young April Stevens' hands on her back while wearing dress

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 (pseudonym of Frank Reginald DeLong; 1886–1952) and John Schonberger). The recording, which had an arrangement similar to their recording of "Deep Purple", reached No. 11 on the Hot 100 singles chart. They also had chart success with "All Strung Out", which reached No. 26 on the American Hot 100 in 1966. Later that year a single "The Coldest Night of the Year" was released on Atlantic 584048 in Great Britain. A solo single by Stevens was issued in December 1967, a double-sided single of "Wanting You" with "Falling in Love Again" on MGM 1366 in the UK and MGM K 13825 in the US. "Wanting You" became a Northern soul classic.

Julia Westlin singing Teach Me Tiger an original song by April Stevens

In the Netherlands they enjoyed a No. 5 hit early 1973 with their version of "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story", while in early 1974 "Who Turns Me On" flopped.


April Stevens in her curly hair wearing sleeveless while looking afar

  • 1963 — Nino Tempo & April Stevens' rendition of "Deep Purple" received a Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording.
  • References

    April Stevens Wikipedia