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JJ Obit: 'What a wonderful world' songwriter Weiss (11) RE: Obit: 'What a wonderful world' songwriter Weiss 29 Aug 10

Yes, George Weiss did not write "Mbube." What he did write is described thusly in the NYT obit:

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (1961), based on a South African Zulu song first recorded in the 1930s, was given a reworked melody and new lyrics ("In the jungle, the mighty jungle/The lion sleeps tonight") by Mr. Weiss, Mr. [Hugo] Peretti and Mr. [Luigi] Creatore.

Their adaptation, which kept the refrain "Wimoweh, wimoweh" popularized in a 1950s version by the Weavers, became a million-selling hit for the Tokens. Widely recorded since, the song has been used in many motion pictures, including "The Lion King" (1994).

Should there be any corrections to the obit, I'll try to post them.

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