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    (1955- )
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Members in 1961:
    Jay Seigel (October 20, 1939- )
    Hank Medress (November 19, 1938-June 18, 2007)
    Mitch Margo (May 25, 1947- )
    Phil Margo (April 1, 1942- )
    Recorded 'Tonight I Fell in Love' (1959), 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' (1961), 'I Hear Trumpets Blow' (1966) and 'Portrait of My Love' (1967)
    That falsetto!
    They said 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' sounded 'ridiculous' and asked their label not to release it.
    They apparently overcame their dislike of the song because Medress produced a sound-alike cover by Robert John with the other Tokens as background singers.
    Mitch Margo wrote the scores for two TV movies starring Gary Coleman.
    Medress produced an album by Richard Simmons.
    The Margo brothers and Seigel led rival Tokens on the oldies circuit.
    Neil Sedaka was an early member of the group.
    'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' hit number one for 3 weeks.
    The band produced the Chiffons' chart-topper, 'He's So Fine.'
    They performed the Schoolhouse Rock! song 'A Victim of Gravity.'
    They sang 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at all 30 major league stadiums (1998).

Credit: C. Fishel

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