April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio on April 29, 1936 in Niagara Falls, New York) is an American singer.
She has recorded since she was 16 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 Ren?©, Stevens' recording peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1951.
Stevens returned to the U.S. music popularity charts 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 singles chart. Stevens' recording of this song often erroneously accredited to Marilyn Monroe
She is perhaps 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 Billboard charts in November 1963. The song won the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording.
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 and John Schonberger). The recording, which had an arrangement similar to their recording of "Deep Purple", reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
April and Nino also had chart success with the Phil Spector-inspired "All Strung Out", which reached No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1966.
Nino Tempo & April Stevens