Nino Tempo and April Stevens – Deep Purple

First Hit #1: November 16, 1963

This song seems like a throwback. I’m not entirely sure why, it’s not really jumping on old trends or doing something odd like reviving big band. It even does one of those spoken word parts that kept cropping up for no reason. It isn’t old, but it sounds old. It might be Nino Tempo’s voice, which is odd in a manner not dissimilar to the Ink Spots, it might just be the melody, but there is something very dated and odd going on here, and it just sounds like an old song.

And not a very good old song at that. It doesn’t go anywhere, Tempo’s voice is terminally goofy, and the spoken word portion is jarring and something of an unfortunate trend at this point. Overall, it can’t come over a wall of wacky, and there’s not much interesting to get from it. It’s one of those songs that becomes a hit, but decades later nobody can quite figure out why.

It did give Deep Purple its name, or at least some version of the song did. And Deep Purple, the band, is fantastic. So props, song I don’t like very much.

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