Philip Margo, one of the founding members of “The Tokens,” who popularized the song “The Lions Sleep Tonight,” has died at the age of 79.
The musician died over the weekend as a result of complications from a stroke.
Margo’s death was announced in a lengthy post on Facebook by “The Tokens.”
“With a final roar, we announce the passing of our incredible lion, Philip Margo. Phil died yesterday surrounded by his beloved family,” the band wrote.
Margo was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After forming the world-famous group “The Tokens” with his younger brother Mitch, he began his musical career.
Margo and the band went on to have multiple gold records, which are known and adored by fans all over the world, after releasing several tracks.
“Tonight I Fell In Love,” “Portrait of My Love,” “I Hear Trumpets Blow,” and other hits are among them.
The band was described as a “family business” in a social media post, with the Margo brothers and other family members continuing to tour.
Maxine, their younger sister, worked behind the scenes with the band and even performed on their National Anthem tour in 1998.