Chart Position: 3

  • Originally recorded with Zulu lyrics by Solomon Linda’s Original Evening Birds as ‘Mbube’ (1939)
  • Written by Solomon Linda, Albert Stanton and George David Wise with English lyrics written by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore
  • Backing vocals: The Tokens (Jay Siegel, Hank Medress, Phila and Mitch Margo) and Ellie Greenwich
  • Recorded in New York City NY
  • Produced by The Tokens
  • Mbube is Zulu for ‘lion’
  • This song has also been performed and recorded under the name ‘Wimoweh’
  • Robert John is a former member of Bobby & the Consoles
  • Also recorded by Weavers (1952), Jimmy Dorsey (1952), Bill Hayes (1959), Tokens (1962), Miriam Makeba (1960), Karl Denver (1961), Bert Kaempfert (1962), Henri Salvador (1962), New Christy Minstrels (1965), Kingston Trio (1959), Glen Campbell (1964), Chet Atkins (1964), Tremeloes (1968), Brian Eno (1975),  Eric Donaldson (1971), Stylistics (1979), Tight Fit (1982), Passengers (1980), Nylons (1982), Roger Whittaker (1994), Sandra Bernhard (1989), Robert John (1992), They Might Be Giants (1992), R.E.M. (1993), ;N Sync (1997), Undertones (1998), Soweto String Quartet (1996), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1994), Baha Men (2001), Mango Groove (2002), Rockapella (2001) and many others

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