How to Play The Lion Sleeps Tonight

by | Oct 8, 2015 | Kids and school, Video lessons | 0 comments

According to Wikipedia:The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title “Mbube”. Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950’s and 60’s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing.

How to Play “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” on Ukulele

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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