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The Tokens are an American male doo-wop vocal group from Brooklyn, New York. They are perhaps best-known for their chart-topping 1961 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (sample ). Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, crying and screaming. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Lion Sleeps Tonight began as a 1939 African popular music hit Mbube that, in modified versions, also became a hit in the US and UK. Mbube (Zulu for lion) was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. ... Image File history File links The_Lion_Sleeps_Tonight_by_The_Tokens. ...

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Career

The original version of the group was formed in 1955 at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School. Featuring Neil Sedaka, Hank Medress, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolitin, the group was known as the Linc-Tones. After Rabkin was replaced by Jay Siegel in 1956, the Linc-Tones recorded their first single, While I Dream (Neil Sedaka sang lead). The next year, Sedaka and Zolitin left the band; Sedaka would go on to make a name for himself as a popular solo artist, and singer-songwriter, during the 1960s and 1970s. -Meanwhile, in 1957, Jay and Hank, with two new members, recorded "Picture in my Wallet" as Darrell & the Oxfords, and in 1959 "Come Dance WIth Me", both featuring Jay Siegel on lead vocals. By 1960, the classic group line-up, now renamed the Tokens, was in place, consisting of Siegel, Medress, and brothers 13-year-old multi-instrumentalist and first tenor Mitch Margo, with baritone brother Phil Margo, nee Margolis. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, and part of Region 7 in the New York City Department of Education. ... Neil Sedaka 2005 Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... In music, solo means to play or sing alone. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


In early 1961, The Tokens released a single for Warwick Records entitled "Tonight I Fell In Love," which went to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spurred them to an appearance on American Bandstand. This proved to be a prelude to the unleashing of their signature song for RCA, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (which evolved from a chant titled "Mbube"--written by South African artist Solomon Linda). Jay Siegel's characteristic lead vocals helped the song rise all the way to #1, where it remained for three weeks. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Warwick Records was a subsidiary of United Telefilm Records, established in 1959 with Morty Craft as president. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand American Bandstand was a long-running dance music television show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989. ... RCA, formerly an initialism for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by RCA Trademark Management S.A. [1], owned by Thomson SA. The trademark is used by two companies for products descended from that common ancestor: Thomson SA, which manufactures consumer electronics like RCA-branded televisions... The Lion Sleeps Tonight began as a 1939 African popular music hit Mbube that, in modified versions, also became a hit in the US and UK. Mbube (Zulu for lion) was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. ... Solomon Linda (1909-1962) and the Evening Birds in 1941. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ...


From 1962 to 1970, the group would put nine more songs in the Top 100, including "I Hear Trumpets Blow" (1964) and "Portrait of My Love" (1967). Beginning in 1963, the Tokens also began producing for other artists, like the Chiffons, Randy & the Rainbows, and the Happenings. In 1973, Medress left the group and Siegel teamed with the Margo Brothers to form the group Cross Country; this trio had a minor hit with their cover of "In the Midnight Hour." The Tokens also performed the Schoolhouse Rock! song "A Victim of Gravity". Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Today - 2:52 Just A Thought - 3:22 Cross Country - 3:49 In The Midnight Hour - 3:16 Thing With Wings - 4:35 Tastes So Good To Me - 3:13 A Fall Song - 2:48 Choirboy - 3:18 A Ball Song - 2:52 A Smile Song - 4:26 The Tokens... Trio is generally used in any of the following ways: Three musicians playing the same or different musical instrument. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Schoolhouse Rock! is a series of 46 educational short films featuring songs about schoolhouse topics, including grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and politics. ...


Today, brothers Mitch and Philip Margo continue to perform with "new" members Jay Leslie, Mike Johnson and Noah Margo on drums (one of Phil's sons). Mitch's sons, Damien and Ari Margo make guest performances from time to time. As Phil Margo says, "If you hang around long enough you can grow your own band." Mitch Margo was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. ... Phil Margo (along with brother Mitch Margo) is a member of The Tokens, best known for their hit recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 3 weeks in 1961. ... Mitch Margo was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. ... Ari Margo is Mitch Margos younger son, who performs with his Father in the oldies band, The Tokens who were made famous by their 1961 recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Aris name is derived from the Hebrew word meaning Lion; see Animal names as first names in... Phil Margo (along with brother Mitch Margo) is a member of The Tokens, best known for their hit recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 3 weeks in 1961. ...


Jay Siegel has long performed with his own Tokens group, featuring bass singer Bill Reid and, more recently, Jay Traynor, the original lead singer (before Jay Black) of Jay & the Americans. Seigel's son is also in the group as keyboardist and occasional vocalist, making this Tokens group, too, a family affair.


The original Tokens, minus Hank Medress and plus two current members, reunited in 1999 to perform on the PBS special, "Doo Wop 50." Performances of "Lion" and "Tonight I Fell in Love" are available, with some effort, on DVD and VHS, respectively.


Album discography

  • (1961) The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • (1962) We, the Tokens, Sing Folk
  • (1964) Wheels
  • (1966) I Hear Trumpets Blow
  • (1966) The Tokens Again
  • (1967) Back to Back
  • (1970) Greatest Moments [In a Girl's Life]
  • (1971) Both Sides Now
  • (1971) December 5th
  • (1971) Intercourse
  • (1973) Cross Country1
  • (1988) Re-Doo-Wopp
  • (1993) Oldies Are Now
  • (1995) Merry Merry
  • (1996) Tonight The Lion Dances
  • (1999) Unscrewed

1Cross Country was released by 3 members of The Tokens under the band name Cross Country. Its Amazing to Be Alive - 0:39 Droplets of Water - 2:13 Bathroom Wall - 1:41 Animal - 3:17 Greenfields - 0:24 Wonderful Things - 2:09 Commercial - 1:12 Gray Is Gray 0:48 Waiting for Something - 2:59 I Could Be - 2:16 Girl on 6 - 0:15... Today - 2:52 Just A Thought - 3:22 Cross Country - 3:49 In The Midnight Hour - 3:16 Thing With Wings - 4:35 Tastes So Good To Me - 3:13 A Fall Song - 2:48 Choirboy - 3:18 A Ball Song - 2:52 A Smile Song - 4:26 The Tokens... Re-Doo-Wopp - 6:42 Three Bass Hits - 3:00 Im Through With You - 2:34 Ill Remember - 3:28 Choice Ladies - 6:14 Im So Happy - 3:04 Slow Dance - 3:32 Doo Wopp Doo Wah - 5:12 Doo You Doo Wopp - 6:43 The Tokens... The Lion Sleeps Tonight - 2:36 Oldies Are Now - 3:00 Tonight I Fell In Love - 1:47 Im So Happy - 2:42 Ill Remember (In The Still Of The Night) - 3:26 Come Go With Me - 2:51 Rock and Roll Lullaby - 3:36 Oldies Reprise - 0... Swing - 2:23 The Speak Up Mambo - 3:06 La Bamba - 2:24 Suave - 3:50 Coco Seco - 2:48 Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha - 2:45 Only In My Dreams - 3:51 After the Beep - 0:26 Lemon Merengue - 2:31 Rica Cha - 3:09 El Wimoweh - 2... Ba Ba Booey - 2:28 - First Release Naked Before You - 3:38 - First Release Bathroom Wall - 1:52 - Intercourse Coco Seco - 2:49 - Tonight The Lion Dances Play Ball - 2:22 - Oldies Are Now In And Out - 0:26 - Intercourse Animal - 3:09 - Intercourse Hitlers Still Alive - 3:20... Today - 2:52 Just A Thought - 3:22 Cross Country - 3:49 In The Midnight Hour - 3:16 Thing With Wings - 4:35 Tastes So Good To Me - 3:13 A Fall Song - 2:48 Choirboy - 3:18 A Ball Song - 2:52 A Smile Song - 4:26 The Tokens...


Producing

As well as being performing and recording artists The Tokens became very successful record producers. Here are some of the records they produced:


"He’s So Fine" by The Chiffons The Chiffons was an all girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960. ...


"One Fine Day" by The Chiffons The Chiffons was an all girl group originating from the Bronx area of New York in 1960. ...


"Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows


"See You In September" by The Happenings The Happenings were a pop music group from the 1960s. ...


"I Got Rhythm" by The Happenings The Happenings were a pop music group from the 1960s. ...


"Go Away Little Girl" by The Happenings The Happenings were a pop music group from the 1960s. ...


"Candida" by Tony Orlando & Dawn Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ...


"Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando & Dawn Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ...


"Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Tony Orlando & Dawn Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ...


Awards & Recognition

The Tokens were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1998, The Tokens made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for performing The Star-Spangled Banner at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the United States and Canada. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Guinness World Records 2007 edition. ... The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the U.S.A., with lyrics written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Band Members

Original Group


Current Group Mitch Margo was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. ... Phil Margo (along with brother Mitch Margo) is a member of The Tokens, best known for their hit recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 3 weeks in 1961. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

  • Mitch Margo - Lead Singer, Guitar
  • Phil Margo - Vocals, Percussion
  • Jay Leslie - Vocals, Horns
  • Mike Johnson - Vocals, Keyboard
  • Noah Margo - Drums
  • Ari Margo - Guest Performer, Vocals
  • Damien Margo - Guest Performer, Vocals, Drums

Mitch Margo was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. ... Phil Margo (along with brother Mitch Margo) is a member of The Tokens, best known for their hit recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 3 weeks in 1961. ... Ari Margo is Mitch Margos younger son, who performs with his Father in the oldies band, The Tokens who were made famous by their 1961 recording of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Aris name is derived from the Hebrew word meaning Lion; see Animal names as first names in...

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Festival Speech Synthesis System - 15 Text analysis (1396 words)
Becuase the relationship between tokens and word in some cases is complex, a user function may be specified for translating tokens into words.
the tokens "1985" should be pronounced differently, the first as a year, "nineteen eighty five" while the second as a quantity "one thousand nine hundred and eighty five".
The basic method is to find all occurrences of a homographic token in a large text database, label each occurrence into classes, extract appropriate context features for these tokens and finally build an classification tree or decision list based on the extracted features.
Tokenization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
In computer science, tokenization is the process of demarcating and possibly classifying sections of a string of input characters.
In human cognition tokenization is often used to refer to the process of converting a sensory stimulus into a cognitive "token" suitable for internal processing.
A stimulus that is not correctly tokenized may not be processed or may be incorrectly merged with other stimuli.
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