I am making a habit of giving my age away in my blog postings, and today will not be an exception. One of my favorite songs was at the top of the Billboard pop chart on this date in the year I graduated from high school. That year was one of the few that can be turned upside down and still read the same, 1961, and the song was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and it was sung by The Tokens. That song was a lot older than when the Tokens recorded it. Back in 1938, a group of Zulu singers and dancers called Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds made the first recording in the first recording studio in sub-Saharan Africa and the song that they recorded was called "Mbube".
Later, Pete Seeger was given a box that had that recording in it. He was unable to understand the lyrics of "Mbube" and changed the chant to "Wimoweh". This song went on to make millions, but Solomon Linda only received a thousand dollars via a personal check from Pete Seeger. The song was treated as public domain. "Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you", but in this case it was a lion. Now, try not to keep hearing "wimoweh" in your head all day and have a great day, you hear?