Mitch Margo (born May 25, 1947) is an American singer and songwriter who was a professional recording artist by the age of 14. He (along with brother Phil Margo) was, and still is a member of The Tokens, best known for their hit recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 3 weeks in 1961. Other hits by The Tokens include "Tonight I Fell In Love" (which he co-wrote), "I hear Trumpets Blow" (written by Mitch Margo), "He’s In Town" and "Portrait of My Love". The Tokens are still recording and performing. Their schedule includes venues such as The Riviera in Las Vegas, Epcot in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, and much more.
Mitch Margo has performed with The Tokens on the following TV shows:
With The Tokens, Mitch was also successful as a producer of artists and songs including the following:
Mitch Margo has also composed underscoring as well as songs for the following TV Movies:
- "The Kid With The Broken Halo" Starring Gary Coleman
- "The Fantastic World Of D.C. Collins" Starring Gary Coleman
- "This Wife For Hire" Starring Pam Dawber
- "John Grinns' Christmas" Starring Robert Guillaume
- "Goddess Of Love" Starring Vanna White
In 2010, Mitch released his first solo album, "ABCDEFG" on Be Cool Records.
Career in Art and Education
Mitch Margo also creates Artwork and Animation. His artwork has been displayed and sold in art galleries. His paintings have appeared on album covers and his animation has been shown on the USA Network. He has illustrated children's books including the award winning "The Very First Adventure Of Fulton T. Firefly". He also wrote and illustrated another children's book called "Sara Smiled".
Mitch Margo has designed and developed (along with the tech help of his son Damien Margo), a free online reading tool called the Margo Reader (see external links). He hopes to eventually see it in multi-lingual hand held devices that can be given to anyone who wishes to learn how to read. If you play with the reader you will experience some of Mitch Margo’s art, animation, music, photography, voice talent, humor and heart.