Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Daryl and the Oxfords - Picture In My Wallet"
Who Remembers the Tokens playing in Louisville ? Email me or send comments please ?
The Tokens and the relationship to Daryl and The Oxfords
The group was formed in 1955 at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School, and was known as the Linc-Tones. Originally featuring members Neil Sedaka, Hank Medress, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolotin, Rabkin was replaced by Jay Siegel in 1956, and the band recorded its first single, "While I Dream" that same year. In 1957 Sedaka and Zolotin left the band, leaving only Siegel and Medress, who would recruit two additional band members and record the single "Picture in my Wallet" as Darrell and the Oxfords. Finally establishing its most famous name and lineup, the band become known as The Tokens in 1960 after they recruited the 13-year-old multi-instrumentalist and first tenor Mitch Margo and his baritone brother Phil Margo, plus guitarist Joe Venneri.
In early 1961, the Tokens released a single for Warwick Records entitled "Tonight I Fell In Love," which went to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned them an opportunity to appear on American Bandstand. The popularity that the band garnered as a result of this performance brought them new recording opportunities, culminating in their cover of Solomon Linda's "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" for the RCA Victor. It rose to #1 on the Billboard chart, where it remained for three weeks. Both "Tonight I Fell in Love" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.