Billboard #1 Hits: #100-“Deep Purple”- Nino Tempo and April Stevens. November 16, 1963. #1 for 1 week.
- Single: “Deep Purple”- Nino Tempo and April Stevens
- Record Company- Atco
- Genre: Pop
- Written by- Peter DeRose and Mitchell Parish
- Time: 2:40
- B-side:” I’ve Been Carrying A Torch For You So Long That It Burned A Great Big Hole In My Heart”
- Album- Deep Purple
- Peaked-#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart.
“Deep Purple” by Nino Tempo and April Stevens was the #1 hit in the US the week that JFK was assassinated. “Deep Purple” would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Record which is kind of a laugh. It shows how pathetic the Grammy Awards selecting process was and the sad shape of Rock and Roll in 1963. Things were about to change.
“Deep Purple” was written in 1933 and was a popular hit in the 1930’s by several artists- the most popular being by Larry Clinton, Bing Crosby and Artie Shaw. The song was a favorite of Babe Ruth’s with the composer Peter DeRose performing it at The Babe’s birthday parties for over a decade.
Antonino Lo Tempio aka Nino Tempo was born in Niagara Falls, New York. April Stevens- was his sister Carol. The brother-sister act had 8 Hot 100 singles with 4 making the Top 40 between 1962-66. In 1975 Nino Tempo played sax on John Lennon’s Rock N Roll album.