Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Deep Purple, Atco 33-156, 1963
This is the kind of record someone like me dreams about. Ok, perhaps dream is a strong word, but sometimes you see something so exotic that you get a chill over finding it. This record, from this brother and sister act, did it for me.
It’s not like this is some musical masterpiece, but rather this is a fantastic example of a 1963 pop record. The duo had some real musical skills with April’s cat like vocal quality and Nino’s horn playing and arranging skills. There’s the Number One title track, some other very similar sounding tracks, and a really fun loungy-electronic song called Baby Weemus.
It’s just that seeing something like this for the first time ever in decent shape and a $2 price tag, it gave me quite the trill. Getting it home and listening to it gave me a bigger one. But knowing I can hear Baby Weemus anytime I want is the biggest thrill of all.
Cost: $2, $815 Remaining