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The Tokens are well-known for one giant hit song that they put on the charts in late 1961, and the members of the group continued on in the music business in various capacities following the success of that hit.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight, also known as Wimoweh, is a Zulu song that had been sung by a tribe in South Africa. There are indications that the song originated with Solomon Linda, who wrote it as Mbube and had a hit with it on Gallotone Records in South Africa, in 1939. The Weavers recorded it as Wimoweh before the Tokens picked up on it and recorded their own spirited version of the song for RCA in 1961.

Following the success of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, the Tokens put nine more songs in the top 100 from 1962 to 1970, two of which made it to the top forty: I Hear Trumpets Blow on their own B. T. Puppy label and Portrait Of My Love on Warner. Portrait Of My Love had been a top ten hit for Steve Lawrence earlier in the decade.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : The Tokens : The Lion King : 00155192 : 888680104511

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: The Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155192


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : The Tokens : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00155194 : 888680104535

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: The Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155194


The Lion Sleeps Tonight : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Elton John : The Tokens : The Lion King : Sheet Music : 00155196 : 888680104559

Kirby Shaw : The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Choirs will love singing the beautiful chords of this storied song famous the world over! Topping the charts in 1961 in a recording by the Tokens, it is now available in this a cappella setting that will fill your performance space with harmony!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Elton John Performed By: The Tokens | Musical: The Lion King

More details
Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00155196

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