The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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  1. *For this week: Doo-Wop :D* Purtroppo, per cause di forza maggiore, *questa rubrica parte con un po' di ritardo*. Dunque.. ero li che vagabondavo su YouTube, stavo pensando a cosa proporre per questo *mini-ciclo*, doveva essere qualcosa di *semplice e non troppo impegnativo*. Da li... beh, mi si è accesa la lampadina: *DOO-WOP!!! :D* Ecco, per chi non lo sapesse (u,u) *questo genere si basa principalmente sull'uso di cori*, non come voci vere e proprie... ma come *accompagnamento simil-strumentale* (è chiaro.. no? O.o) Beh.. bando alle ciance. Direttamente da "Il Re Leone"... *The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight* (1961) Ciaoooooo :D :D
  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. Anyone else remember the animation of the dog and the hippo?
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  5. U kidding me that this was not made by Disney... Childhood shattered by the truth.
  6. I never tire of this, just listening to the vocalizations!
  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. They sure don't make music like this anymore.
  9. *GOODNIGHT ALL* #thetokens The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight:
  10. original singer and writer only got payed $1 for this, kinda feel sorry for him
  11. White people hate our color but love our culture...
  12. I've been loving this song since 1961.. Bought it new... Yeaaa...
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  14. sad how so much arguments can happen on these old songs and any song really 
  15. sosaBaby....A guy was hunting gorillas, he took aim and shot. When he went to the spot where he thought the animal fell, he didn't find it, instead he felt a tap on his shoulder. When he turned around the gorilla said you tried to shoot me so I'm either going to kill you or you're going to give me a blow job.... the guy left the jungle spitting and slobbering. The next morning he was hunting gorillas again and he shot one. He went to where he thought it should be lying dead, instead he felt another tap on his shoulder. He turned around and there was the same gorilla who said, here we are again, this time I'm going to kill you or butt fuck you. The man limps off after the drilling he received. The next day he was shooting gorillas again when he spotted a gorilla, he took very careful aim and pulled the trigger. When he went to where the gorilla should be laying dead, he started getting very nervous because it wasn't there. He then felt the tap on his shoulder again, when he turned around it was the same gorilla who said you don't come out here for the hunting do you.
  16. Il leone si adormentato 🐆🐒🐯🐘T🌛he Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight:
  17. The lion going to sleep...:)))))
  18. This group is from Brighton Beach. No wonder the lead singer looks Russian with those high cheek bones.He looks lion like and he had a great voice. Much like their classic singers. It must be the heritage.
  19. Try to get this out of your head tonight???
  20. 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.
  21. Funny song,Tokens fabulous, the lion continues to sleep.
  22. The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight: A great oldie
  23. Wasssssssssssssssssssup Delayed entry tonight. But It was unavoidable. This is one of those songs that is sure to bury itself into your skin. BWAHAHaHaaaaaa
  24. *Something controversial*