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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Colorful Songs

Today in Music History: November 16, 1963

Day time, night time, sunrise, sunset have been themes of songs for ages. Songs have been written about love, sorrow, friendship and forgiveness. Then, there are the colorful songs...those that contain the word, color or the word, paint, which is synonymous with color. Many, many songs reflect gold, silver, black, white, yellow, brown, orange, red, pink, blue, blue-green, green and the color for today, purple.

Welcome to the spotlight...

Nino Tempo & April Stevens (born Antonino and Carol LoTempio) are a brother and sister singing act from Niagara Falls, New York.

Songfacts: Nino and April each had fair solo careers. April had hits with "No No No Not That" (1950, when she was 14), "I'm in Love Again" (1951), and "Teach Me Tiger" (1959); Nino was a session saxophonist. They were teamed by Atlantic Records' owner Ahmet Ertegun, who was also their producer. Ertegun wanted them to record another song called "Paradise" - which they did - but in the 14 minutes of studio time remaining, they also cut "Deep Purple," which was the hit, in two takes. Nino and April knew the song very well, but their session players had to pick it up quickly based on their instructions. The rest is music history...

1963 Nino Tempo & April Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Deep Purple', it made No.17 in the UK.The duo had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" in 1963 for the single "Deep Purple".
A Tidbit of Music Trivia...

  • For the love of the music,
    2002 Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The bands fee was £4.4m. 

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...