The Tokens and The Diamonds

Stroll back to the days of doo-wop with two of the era’s biggest hit makers.




Vocal Group Hall of Fame members The Diamonds (three gold records and 33 appearances on “American Bandstand”) and The Tokens (whose signature hit is a top 200 record of all time) bring their classic rock and roll to the historic Tower Theatre. The current members have carried the vocal torch of the original quartets for four decades, including recent PBS specials. Enjoy some solid gold memories!

THE TOKENS began as the Linc-Tones in 1955 (with Neil Sedaka as an original member). Renamed The Tokens in 1960, Mitch and Phil Margo took over the group. The next year, the four boys from Brooklyn recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” for RCA. The song (originally a Zulu folk song called “Mbube,” Anglicized to “Wimoweh”) soared up the charts to become the number one hit in the nation. To date it has sold 15 million copies throughout the world. Mitch and Phil, joined by Jay Leslie, Noah Margo and Mike Johnson, now form the quintet so familiar to radio listeners and concert-goers worldwide. Rock pioneers, The Tokens were among the first to successfully use the falsetto lead voice, influencing groups from the Four Seasons and the Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin and Rush. They have also produced hit records for The Chiffons (“He's So Fine,” “One Fine Day”), The Happenings (“See You In September,” “I Got Rhythm”) and Tony Orlando and Dawn (“Knock Three Times,” “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”).

In 1957 THE DIAMONDS released an instant hit called “Little Darlin’” – dubbed “the National Anthem of Rock and Roll.” To date it has sold 20 million copies. The original Diamond members left by 1961. In 1980 the rights to The Diamonds name and unique vocal arrangements were turned over to Gary Owens, the quartet’s charismatic leader since 1973. Through the years, the group has performed on soundtracks (American Graffiti, Happy Days), with symphony orchestras, in England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea and Japan, and for arts centers, casinos, conventions and nightclubs. 


Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Little Darlin'
Words of Love
The Stroll
The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Performance Sponsor: Steve & Cynde Magidson

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