Wednesday, January 1, 2014

"Mbube" > "Wimoweh" > "The Lion Sleeps Tonight": Saturday Music Club on 1 January

Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds (1939): "Mbube"


The Weavers (1954 Carnegie Hall recording): "Wimoweh" 

The 1952 (hit) studio recording, The Weavers with the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra and Chorus.
The 1952 Yma Sumac (with the Martin Denny Orchestra) recording.
The 1952 Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra recording.
The Kingston Trio variation on the Weavers' version, in concert (late 1950s/early '60s)
The Karl Denver Trio (1962 version on 1964 television)

Miriam Makeba: "Mbube" (1960)

The Tokens: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (1961)

The Nylons' elaborated version.
The Next Edition Quartet, featuring Bill Crider

Ladysmith Black Mambazo & the Mint Juleps: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

The Soweto Gospel Choir, undated

The history of "Mbube"...an appropriately if somewhat excessively jaundiced view...

4 comments:

Jerry House said...

Thanks for this, and for your blog throughout 2013, Todd. Have a fantastic 2014!

Todd Mason said...

Thanks back at you, Jerry, and I hope you do likewise!

Bill Crider said...

Happy new year, Todd! And let's not forget: http://goo.gl/o6sm8K

Todd Mason said...

HNY, indeed, Bill...I suspected you were pointing us to the Kingston Trio recording, but I'm more amused by far by this! Thanks.