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


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