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The Tokens

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The original version of the group was formed in 1955 at Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School. Featuring Neil Sedaka, Hank Medress, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolitin, the group was known as the Linc-Tones. After Rabkin was replaced by Jay Siegel in 1956, the Linc-Tones recorded their first single. Two years later, Sedaka and Zolitin left the band; Sedaka would go on to make a name for himself as a popular solo artist, and singer-songwriter, during the 1960s and 1970s. By 1960, the classic group line-up was in place, containing Siegel, Medress and Margo Brothers Mitch and Phil. The group renamed itself The Tokens.

In early 1961, The Tokens released a single for Warwick Records entitled “Tonight I Fell In Love,” which went to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spurred them to an appearance on American Bandstand. This proved to be a prelude to the unleashing of their signature song for RCA, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (which had earlier been recorded by South African artist Solomon Linda, as well as U.S. folk group The Weavers). Jay Siegel’s characteristic lead vocals helped the song rise all the way to #1, where it remained for three weeks.

From 1962 to 1970, the group would put nine more songs in the Top 100, including “I Hear Trumpets Blow” and “Portrait of My Love.” They also began producing for other artists, such as The Chiffons. In 1973, Siegel teamed with the Margo Brothers to form the group Cross-Country; this trio had a minor hit with their cover of “In The Midnight Hour.”

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  • alternativexx

    hush my darling, don't fear my darling, the lion sleeps tonight

    19 Jul 2:52am Reply
  • AngeloSwift13

    "Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight!" . In Italy this song was used few years ago for a Kinder Happy Hippo tv spot LOOL.

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • prayogi_agung

    a wimoweh tonight,,,,,

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kitestring

    wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • am_bigu

    ahimoweh ahimoweh ahimoweh > repeat until the lion sleeps

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...[9]

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • eN4ez

    wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh >______<

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • LostInMyMind101

    lol i thought they were black... [not racist]

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Plaumtothashizz

    intercourse is the shiz

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SLivik

    A wimoweh, a-wimoweh a-wimoweh, a wimoweh

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • getawayimafraid

    in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... [8]

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • MANUELE-NOMINE

    MUY BUENA SU MUSICA ME ENCANTA Y ES DE ANTES PIENSO QUE LA MEJOR MUSICA SE ENCUENTRA ANTES DEL NUEVO SIGLO(2000)......................ME GUSTARIA VIVIR EN ESAS EPOCAS DE MUSICA BUENA ......CLARO QUE SI ....THE ,,,,,,,,,,,,,TOKENS SSSSSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • FeatgaryTD

    wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kratosisy

    La Bamba - This stupid songs makes me kinda happy xD

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • krissyknox

    wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh, a wimoweh [8.5] LOL

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • krissyknox

    in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... [8]

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • cadaver11

    Of course this is the most famous version of the song.

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • misslizvicious

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V1zg32RFBM

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • schizovivian

    in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... [7]

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • mirandakane

    in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... [6]

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
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