1966 Nino Tempo & April Stevens – All Strung Out
After two big hits in 1963, the brother and sister act of Nino Tempo & April Stevens continued recording covers of songs from the 1920s and 1930s, but each single did more poorly than the one before, until 1966.
Nono had worked with Phil Spector in the late fifties, and perhaps that inspired him to build a song with his own wall of sound. Nino had also played on recordings with keyboard player Jerry Riopelle, and the two of them co-wrote and co-produced All Strung Out. Their recording imitated Spector’s Wall Of Sound and the single reached #26 on the Hot 100 in 1966.
I remember watching the pair on the Lloyd Thaxton show performing their song.
The pair never reached the top forty on the Hot 100 again. Their cover of Andy Williams’ (Where Do I Begin) Love Story reached #5 in the Netherlands in 1973.
Nino continued recording and working as a session musician. He played on John Lennon’s Rock-n-Roll album in 1975 and he released several jazz albums.
Nino and April continued recording music individually and together into the nineties, after which they both appear to have retired.
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