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TOKENS, The

USA vocal/instrumental group. Lineup: lead singer Jay Siegel (b 20 Oct. '39), tenors Henry Medress (b 19 Nov. '38) and Mitchell Margo (b 25 May '47), baritone Philip Margo (b 1 April '42). Sang in school with Neil Sedaka, then stayed together. Had no. 15 hit "Tonight I Fell In Love' '61 on Warwick, switched to RCA and had no. 1 smash "The Lion Sleeps Tonight' same year (revival of the Weavers' "Wimoweh'); had nine more Hot 100 entries in Billboard '62-70, only two in top 40. As Bright Tunes Productions they prod. hits for the Chiffons, others; Medress prod. new version of "Lion' for Robert John (Bobby Pedrick Jr.) which was no. 3 hit '72; Siegel and the Margos formed Cross Country, made eponymous LP on Atlantic prod. by Medress and Dave Appell (incl. top 30 hit "In The Midnight Hour' '73), who also prod. Frankie Valli, others. Re-formed for Radio City Music Hall doo-wop revival show Oct. '81.