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Jay Siegel & The Tokens

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Jay Siegel & The Tokens

The multitalented Jay Siegel is best known for his soaring falsetto on the classic mega-hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”

The group got its start in Brooklyn where in 1955, Neil Sedaka formed The Linc-Tones singing group. A year later, Siegel joined the Linc-Tones and the group name was changed to The Tokens. Siegel and Sedaka and fellow Tokens Cynthia Zolitan and Hank Medress then recorded “While I Dream” and “I Love My Baby” for Melba Records. As The Tokens, they performed together on their first television show, The Ted Steele Dance Time.

In 1958 Sedaka left The Tokens to begin his amazing solo career. Siegel joined Warren Schwartz, Fred Kalkstein and Hank Medress to form Darrell and the Oxfords. Together they recorded the regional hit, “Picture in my Wallet”.

A reformed Tokens group emerged in 1961 with Mitch and Phil Margo joining Medress and Siegel. The group quickly attained prominence with the hit song, “Tonight I Fell In Love.

Originally composed in 1939 as "Mbube" " The Lion Sleeps Tonight&quop; was recorded by Solomon Linda in Zulu. It was recorded over the ensuing years by many artists but in 1961 it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens.

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