1. Bobby Marchan, "There Is Something on Your Mind" Lovely operetta.
2. "The Wah-Watusi" by The Orlons. Let's see you hold still to this one. The '50s had a lot of bubblegum pop, but also tons of wonderful singing like this. Shoo-bop, shoo-bop…
3. "Walk Right In" by the Rooftop Singers. Sit right down, daddy let your mind roll on…
4. And then the "Lion Sleeps Here Tonight" by The Tokens. It's such an unusual song. I always wondered about it. Beautiful singing, some semi-yodeling, Brooklyn boys in 1961. A little Google-noodling-around and I unearthed a treasure—thrilling to find the original of a great song:
5. Solomon Linda was a South African Zulu musician, singer and composer who wrote (improvised) the song "Mbube" in 1939, which "…became the basis for Mbube style of isicathamiya a cappella popularized later by Ladysmith Black Mambazo." There's a great story with this song, involving as well, Alan Lomax, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, the Kingston Trio, and the Tokens with their big hit (#4 above).
Photo: Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds in 1941. From left to right are: Solomon Linda (soprano), Gilbert Madondo (alto), Boy Sibiya (tenor), Gideon Mkhize (bass), Samuel Mlangeni (bass), and Owen Sikhakhane (bass).