The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)


The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

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  "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds for the South African Gello Record Company in 1939, under the title "Mbube". Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s and '60s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Tma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. 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. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing. The pop group Tight Fit had a number one hit in the UK with the song in 1982.

 

 

The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)

UK RCA 1263 (1961).

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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