Niagara Gazette — They cherish the memories of that night, May 12, 1964, at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. Nino had a date as did April. “But we really didn’t expect to be fortunate enough to win,” she said, “I had just put some food in my mouth when they announced the ‘Best Rock and Roll Record’ (”Deep Purple”) for 1963,” April said, “There was thunderous applause. The audience was so happy for us!”
What’s really impressive about April’s autobiography is the modest way she introduces celebrities that she and Nino met in their career. One of their best friends was Cary Grant, an occasional guest for a spaghetti dinner at their home in L.A. Grant was also fond of their parents, Sam and Anna, and appreciated their hospitality (especially the wonderful cooking). Some of their other friends in those exciting days: Phil Spector, guitarists Tommy Tedesco (a Niagara Falls native) and Glen Campbell, the Righteous Brothers, Ozzie and Harriet and David Nelson, to name a few.
FOOTNOTE: Sam LoTempio, the father of April and Nino, operated a small grocery store near 15th Street and Pine Avenue before the family went to the West Coast. “It was very successful,” April states. As for her mom, Anna, “She was a spitfire when she needed to be, but was the sweetest. softest, warmest lady you would ever want to meet,” April, 84, said.
TRIVIA QUIZ: (Answer to Thursday question) President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
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