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Deep Purple by Nino Tempo and April Stevens

"Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens

Pop Music

It is not unusual in this first era of rock and roll to look at songs from earlier decades in a new way. It gives new sparkle to golden oldies. One such example is “Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens. Peter DeRose wrote “Deep Purple” as a piano composition in the 1930s. It became very popular, and Mitchell Parish added lyrics a few years later. In 1963, this version by siblings Nino Tempo and April Stevens went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Record. The way April Stevens speaks the lyrics adds to the feeling of a love now gone. The record sold more than one million copies and earned them an RIAA gold record.

Nino Tempo was born Antonino LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1935. He is a musician, singer, and actor. Tempo is known for his jazz clarinet and tenor saxophone playing. He has appeared in the films The Red Pony, The Glenn Miller Story, and Operation Petticoat. He was worked with Maynard Ferguson, the Modern Jazz Quarter, and as a member of The Wrecking Crew session musicians for Phil Spector.

April Stevens, born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1936. started recording when she was just a teenager. At 15, she recorded Cole Porter’s “I’m in Love Again” with the Henri René Orchestra, which went to #6 on the U.S. Pop Chart. She also had success with “Whispering,” “All Strung Out,” “The Coldest Night of the Year,” and “Wanting You.

Here are the lyrics to “Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens:

“Oh oh oh whoah oh uh whoah oh oh

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
In the mist of a memory, you wander on back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh-igh-yigh

In the still of the night once again I hold you tight
Though you’re gone, your love lives on when moonlight beams
And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover, we’ll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams

When the deep purple falls over sleepy garden walls
And the stars begin to twinkle in the night
In the mist of a memory, you wander back to me
Breathing my name with a sigh-igh-yigh

In the still of the night once again I hold you tight
Though you’re gone, your love lives on when moonlight beams
And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover, we’ll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams

And as long as my heart will beat, sweet lover, we’ll always meet
Here in my deep purple dreams”

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For More Golden Oldies Music

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1 Comment

  1. bob says:

    I like “Deep Purple” but I like “Whispering” better. I have the 45’s on ATCO Records. The flip side of Deep Purple is “I’ve Been Carrying a Torch for You So Long That I Burned a Great Big Hole in My Heart” written by LoTempio. Could that be one of the longest song titles on record? It’s longer than Lonnie Donegan’s “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)”, The flip side of “Whispering” is “Tweedle Dee” written by Winfield Scott.

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