1960s Band Singer Behind Hit Song ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ Dies at 70

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December 03, 2017Dec 03, 2017

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the band “Tokens” was a hit song in the 1960s, making top charts for several weeks. Although the song was recorded several times by a variety of artists, the Tokens’ version was an all-time favorite for many.

Mitch Margo, a singer from the band, sadly passed away on November 24th. News about his passing was not revealed to the public until days later.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Margo’s family confirmed he died of natural causes.

Tokens also recorded other hit songs in the 60s including “I Hear Trumpets Blow,” “Portrait of My Love” and “He’s in Town,” reported the New York Times. The band’s success was truly outstanding, especially since they accomplished so much as young teenagers.

Margo also wrote songs for other musicians besides his own band. Following his music career, he served in the army for a few years.

Many took to social media to express their thoughts and condolences for Margo.

https://twitter.com/Carole_King/status/934627917648207872

https://twitter.com/JohnnyinNY/status/937196254802710530

Listen to Tokens sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” below:

Please keep Mitch Margo’s loved ones in your prayers today. In other recent news, suicide tragically took the life of an elementary school student.

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