Hank Medress

Tokens, The

Died: 2007-06-25
Age: 68
Cause: Cancer

Hank Medress, a founding member of The Tokens, most famous for their 1961 single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". As a teenager in Brooklyn 1955, he started a vocal quartet with Neil Sedaka, performing as the Linc-Tones. When Sedaka left for a solo career, lead singer Jay Siegel joined and together with Mitch and Phil Margo they became The Tokens. Later Medress made a production deal with the girl vocal group The Chiffons, who had hits like "He's So Fine" and "One Fine Day". In the 80's Medress helped New York Dolls lead singer David Johansen producing his debut album as Buster Poindexter. In 1990–1992 he was president of EMI Music Publishing in Canada. And later he worked fot Sound Exchange, which is a group helping musicians collect their royalties. Medress was survived by four children and two grandchildren.

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