The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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  1. in the jungle, the Nigerian Jungle, Boko Harum sleeps tonight near the village the peaceful village the Islamists scums sleep tonight
  2. RIP (Feb 1, 2015) high soprano Anita Darian -- your marvelous work here on the classic "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" has moved into legendary now. I wouldn't be surprised if your work here stayed in the mind of Roger Waters' of Pink Floyd who went on to record "The Great Gig In the Sky" with Clare Torry. It certainly reminds me of you. I still get chills when I listen to this. 
  3. You people come on here and say the most retarded things. Pathetic. Just enjoy the song ffs. I don't know if any of you geniuses have noticed but all humanity has been doing for many generations is 'copying' each other. It's almost like we've all run out of individual ideas or if anyone has an original idea, it's not recognized nor appreciated. It's not about race, idiots.
  4. Anyone else remember the animation of the dog and the hippo?
  5. White people: copying black people since 1961
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  7. Anita Darian in 1962. Credit Don Hunstein/Sony Music Entertainment For the singer Anita Darian, getting to Carnegie Hall not only took practice, it also took a kazoo. Ms. Darian’s versatile voice took her there in 1960, where she sang and played kazoo with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein’s baton. But she reached many more listeners with her keening, uncredited background singing on the Tokens’ 1961 hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” She died on Sunday at 87 in Oceanside, N.Y. Lynda Wells, a longtime friend and an executor of her estate, said that the cause was complications after intestinal surgery. Ms. Darian was a session singer and stage performer when she was asked by the producers Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore and the songwriter George David Weiss to provide backing vocals for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which Mr. Weiss had adapted from a South African song. Her soaring, high-pitched vocal provided a counterpoint to the lead vocals and the harmonized lower-register “wimowehs,” and the record spent three weeks atop the Billboard pop chart. She also sang behind Mickey & Sylvia on their 1957 hit “Love Is Strange” and recorded with Burt Bacharach, Dinah Washington, Patti Page and others, usually without credit and often emulating the eerie sound of a theremin. Her talents were more frequently acknowledged onstage. She made her Carnegie Hall debut performing Mark Buzzi’s “Concerto for Kazoo and Orchestra” as part of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts program. (The concert was broadcast on CBS.) A City Center regular, Ms. Darian performed Natalie in Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” and Pitti-Sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” there in 1959, and played Julie in “Show Boat” in 1961. She also played Lady Thiang in several different City Center productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” “As the King’s head wife, Anita Darian sings ‘Something Wonderful’ with a patience, belief and clarity that are wonderful in their own right,” the New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote in a review of a 1960 City Center production that starred Farley Granger and Barbara Cook. She was born Anita Margaret Esgandarian in Detroit on April 26, 1927, to Anna and Garo Esgandarian, Armenian immigrants. She shortened her name when she went into show business. She graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and later studied at the Juilliard School. Ms. Darian lived in East Atlantic Beach on Long Island. Varham Fantazian, a cousin and co-executor of her estate, said that no immediate family members survive.
  8. The zulu tribe was the most warmongering of all African tribes, did they really come up with this song after slaughtering many colored africans over centuries....
  9. U kidding me that this was not made by Disney... Childhood shattered by the truth.
  10. Wasssssssssssssssssssup Delayed entry tonight. But It was unavoidable. This is one of those songs that is sure to bury itself into your skin. BWAHAHaHaaaaaa
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  12. I never tire of this, just listening to the vocalizations!
  13. *GOODNIGHT ALL* #thetokens The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight:
  14. The lion going to sleep...:)))))
  15. I've been loving this song since 1961.. Bought it new... Yeaaa...
  16. Used to put this on then tickle my African-American girlfriend til she was all excited, and by the end she'd always pop. Always wished I had taped it. Her giggling and squealing fit the music, and it was the hottest thing I ever heard. (That was 50 years ago and when you're 70+ its the kind of stuff you remember- at least I do!).
  17. im only 12 and i still enjoy this song.
  18. This is some wonderful music to listen to whilst reading over a religious debate.
  19. Death is something one should do alone...JESUS CHRIST is the only Way to Eternal Life...Reverend (the late grate) Norman Edward Vail.
  20. shut the hell up guys. enjoy this crazy awesome shit awe mawe awe mawe awe mawe dum dumm dumm
  21. Every time I hear this song I think of Ave Ventura When Nature Calls, toards the end of the movie where the gorilla takes the dude into the bushes and...well, you can suess the rest.
  22. this song always reminds me of Ross Chandler Joeys and Marcel dance together :D
  23. R.I.P. Anita Darian, the uncredited session singer soaring over this lyric. Obit in today's NY Times.
  24. Could've sworn it was a woman singing.
  25. Why do I feel that this could be theme for a Fallout add-on.