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.
Occupation(s)Musician, author, writer

Philip Frederick 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.


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:


  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". Retrieved November 18, 2021.

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