April Stevens Obituary, Death – Another terrible goodbye. April Stevens died this morning. April Stevens (née Caroline Vincinette LoTempio; April 29, 1929) is an American vocalist most known for her collaborations with her younger brother, Nino Tempo. April and Nino migrated to California as children from Niagara Falls, NY. Stevens has recorded since 22. “I’m in Love Again” by Cole Porter was her most successful solo recording for RCA Victor. Stevens’ 1951 pop recording with Henri René’s orchestra reached No. 6. “Gimme Me a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?” reached No. 10, and “And So to Sleep Again” reached #27.
“Teach Me Tiger” returned Stevens to the U.S. chart in 1959, although it sparked a little stir for its sexual suggestiveness and was not played on many radio stations. It reached No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. Stevens is most known for her 1963 Atco Records album of “Deep Purple” with her brother Antonino LoTempio (singing as Nino Tempo). On November 16, 1963, Stevens and Tempo’s version of Larry Clinton and His Orchestra and Bea Wain’s 1939 hit achieved No.1 on the Hot 100 and No.17 in the British charts. Best Rock & Roll Recording 1963 Grammy. Gold-certified, it sold over one million copies.
“Whispering” gave the duet another U.S. success in 1964. The recording, which resembled their “Deep Purple” arrangement, peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 singles chart. “All Strung Out” reached No. 26 on the 1966 American Hot 100. UK Atlantic 584048 released “The Coldest Night of the Year” later that year. In December 1967, Stevens released a double-sided single of “Wanting You” and “Falling in Love Again” on UK MGM 1366 and US MGM K 13825. Northern soul classic “Wanting You” “(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story” became a No. 5 hit in the Netherlands in early 1973.
Teach Me Tiger, Stevens’ 2013 autobiography, states she was born in 1929. She and her brother, Nino, acknowledged to reducing their ages. They were competing with late teens and early twenties acts that dominated the 1960s record charts.