The multitalented Jay Siegel is best known for his soaring falsetto on the classic mega-hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
In 1955, Siegel’s lifelong friend Neil Sedaka formed The Linc-Tones. With Siegel joining a year later, the group name was changed to The Tokens and they recorded “While I Dream” and “I Love My Baby”.
In 1958 Sedaka left The Tokens to begin his amazing solo career.
A reformed Tokens group emerged in 1961 with Mitch and Phil Margo joining Hank Medress and Siegel, who in the meantime had formed the group Darrell and the Oxfords. The group quickly attained prominence with the hit song, “Tonight I Fell In Love.”
In October 1961, they recorded what has become one of the biggest hit songs of all time, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
Other major hits for The Tokens include, “He’s in Town”, “I Hear Trumpets Blow” and “Portrait of My Love”.
The Tokens enjoyed success recording commercial jingles in the 1970s and 1980s for such products as Benson and Hedges cigarettes (“Silly Millimeter Longer”), Pan American Airlines (“Pan Am Makes the Going Great”), and Clairol hair products (“She Lets Her Hair Down”).
Over the years, The Tokens have shared the stage with such greats as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard.