The Lion Sleeps Tonight singer Mitch Margo dead at 70

Singer Mitch Margo, who appeared on The Tokens’ hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight, has died at the age of 70.
Margo, who was just 13 when he joined the New York-based doo-wop group, passed away on Friday (24Nov17).
Along with his older brother, Phil, and two friends, Jay Siegel and Hank Medress, Margo founded The Tokens in 1960. The quartet hit the top of the charts with their cover of South African singer Solomon Linda’s Mbube in 1961.
Margo and his bandmates also hit the charts with Tonight I Fell in Love, I Hear Trumpets Blow, and Portrait of My Love.
Mitch and his brother also performed in the group Cross Country, while the late singer was an accomplished painter, whose work features in the children’s book The Very First Adventure of Fulton T. Firefly.
He also served in the U.S. Army in the early 1970s.