IN THE JUNGLE, THE MIGHTY JUNGLE, THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT – THAT’S HOW THE STORY GOES ANYWAY.
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight“, also known as Wimoweh, Wimba Way, or Awimbawe , is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds in 1939, under the title “Mbube”. Originally written in Zulu it was covered by many 1950s pop and folk artists. In 1961, it became a huge hit in the United States, adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group The Tokens. Not only did it hit the number one spot but it went on to earn at least $15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing.
British group Tight Fit re-recorded it in 1981 with producer Tim Friese Greene, and unexpectedly the song went to Number 1 in the UK, selling over a million copies in 1982 sending the group into unexpected stardom.
The video was considered provocative for its time and the group regularly performed the song in the same jungle-esque, Tarzan & Jane outfits.
The band consisted of Steve Grant , Denise Gyngell & Julie Harris. After a few line up changes further down the line the original line up eventually got back together and in 2010 they began touring in a show called “Back to the Eighties”, performing well-known songs from the 1980s as well as their own hits. The 3 band members are stated as holding the trademark to the name Tight Fit in relation to all music and publishing.
So enjoy this little song and have a dance around your living room. Trust me, it’s very catchy, and you’ll find yourself humming it all day……….
and here’s the version by The Tokens