Jay Siegel's Tokens
It was hardly extraordinary for a bunch of guys to get together on a street corner or in a High School bathroom to sing Doo-Wop in New York City in the late 50's and early 60's. The history of Brooklyn alone testifies to the remarkable talent that called just that one borough "home" back in those days. What is extraordinary, though, is the incredible feat that one of those groups has accomplished. After having their music break onto the pop charts for the first time in 1961, THE TOKENS have been back on the charts! It was more than 30 years after the debut of their first big hit, "TONIGHT I FELL IN LOVE", when they re-emerged on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in August of 1994, following the re-release of their chart-topping single, "THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT." With that re-entry comes the distinction of having the second-longest chart span in the rock era! Billboard's archives also show that the South African folk song "Wimoweh," which inspired the song that went to #1 worldwide, first charted 42 years earlier! No other title can claim that longevity!