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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Tokens

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Album Review

Pretty short weight on this ten-track compilation of early-'60s material. After the title track, you get a few "Wimoweh" soundalikes, a couple of odd hot rod numbers that try to imitate the Beach Boys, and a version of "Sincerely" arranged to sound as much as possible like their first hit, "Tonight I Fell in Love." That hit, by the way, isn't here, as it wasn't recorded for RCA.

Biography

Formed: 1960 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

This Brooklyn doo wop group was originally known as the Linc-Tones when it formed in 1955 at Lincoln High School. Hank Medress, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolitin didn't have much impact in their early days recording for Melba. They later disbanded, but Medress re-formed the group in 1960 as the Tokens. Brothers Phil and Mitch Margo and Jay Siegel were now the members. They recorded for Warwick in 1960, then had their one glorious hit in 1962, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." It was based on...
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