Philip Margo

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Philip Margo
Born(1942-04-01)April 1, 1942
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 13, 2021(2021-11-13) (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Musician, author, writer

Philip Margo (April 1, 1942 – November 13, 2021) was an American musician and author who was a longtime member of The Tokens, along with his brother Mitch.[1] They are best known for their hit recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" which rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for three weeks in 1961.

Biography[edit]

Margo was born in Brooklyn on April 1, 1942, to Leon and Ruth (née Becker) Margules. He was of Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jewish origin from The Ottoman Empire, The Austro-Hungarian Empire, and The Russian Empire.

Margo authored the 2010 science fiction novel, The Null Quotient.

He died at a hospital in Los Angeles, California, after suffering a stroke, on November 13, 2021, at the age of 79.[2][3]

The Tokens[edit]

In addition to his singing, Margo also played the drums. He performed with The Tokens on the following television programs:

Record Production[edit]

With The Tokens, Margo was successful as a record producer for artists including the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: The Tokens". AMG. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  2. ^ The Tokens' ('Lion Sleeps Tonight') Co-Founder, Philip Margo, Dies
  3. ^ Brandle, Lars (November 18, 2021). "Philip Margo, Singer on The Tokens' Hit 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight,' Dies at 79". billboard.com. Retrieved November 18, 2021.

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