July 27th, 2011 was the 50th Anniversary of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, which The Tokens originally recorded in 1961. Here are some words by members of the band from that special day!
"Wow! 50 years ago today we recorded The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Hard to believe! We are still performing, writing and producing. What a gift! We are blessed! I wish to offer my deepest, warmest, THANK YOU to all our wonderful fans. Happy 50th anniversary, oh mighty lion!"
"After a half-century we are still performing a record about a sleeping lion. Today is the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 50th year since 4 young men from Brooklyn went into the RCA recording studio on E. 24th St. in New York and created an oddly titled track that made recording history. I am delighted to have been a part of The Lion Sleeps Tonight! Thank you to all our fans past and present."
"Words cannot describe the incredible impact that The Lion Sleeps Tonight has had on so many people world-wide (including myself!), but the only ones that readily come to mind are: "WIM-0-WEH" - Congratulations to all of The Tokens (past and present) on this monumental musical achievement."
"It Was 50 Years Ago Today...
Phil and Mitch went in to sing and play
They recorded what was to become
My college Education and then some
So May I introduce to you
The song you've know for all these years
The Tokens: The Lion Sleeps Tonight!
Happy Anniversary to one of the greatest songs in music history."
"You might say The Lion Sleeps Tonight has followed me everywhere. I've heard people humming it while walking down the street. I've seen it in movies and on television. I've heard it played on oldies stations at the laundromat. My friends have purposely selected it at karaoke! Even my name, in hebrew, means lion. Everywhere I go, lions, lions, lions! Well ...thank goodness for that. Happy 50th Anniversary!"