Throughout the sixties THE TOKENS wrote, produced and recorded some of music's most well known songs. Besides their smash recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," they also had hits with "Tonight I Fell in Love," "I Hear Trumpets Blow," and "Portrait of My Love." Successfully transitioning to the other side of the recording booth they produced The Chiffons ("He's So Fine" & "One Fine Day"), The Happenings ("See You In September" & "I Got Rhythm"), and Tony Orlando & Dawn ("Candida," "Knock Three Times" & "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"). THE TOKENS were also the first group to play their own instrument tracks for recording sessions.
In 1998 THE TOKENS became the first and only group to sing the National Anthem in all major league ballparks in one season, an accomplishment that landed them into the Guinness Book of World Records.. They have been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
Following the loss of both Mitch in 2017 and Phil in 2021, Phil's son, Noah, felt it paramount to continue to celebrate the great music created by his father and his uncle. With this new configuration Noah honors their legacy while keeping it in the family.
WHO WE ARE
Noah Margo - Drummer, etc. Noah toured with THE TOKENS from 1993-2019. He is a playwright, a children's author, and a handyman. He has taught elementary school and also currently serves as a governing board member for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. He is only the third person in California history to win a write-in campaign. When not on stage, he runs a construction and property management company with his wife, Laura. He has three children, Jax, Reese and the one listed below whom with he shares the stage.
Solomon Margo - Solly is a multi-faceted artist from Los Angeles. He started as an actor, but switched focus to follow his destiny and chase the dream of making music. Constantly searching for ways to go against the grain, Solly can be found producing, songwriting, and recording himself and collaborators, sharing energy and sonically documenting this crazy experience of life. “If you wish to be my brother, come as you are, and bar no other”
Jay Leslie - Jay attended the "real" High School of the Performing Arts in New York where he learned his arranging and composing skills, as well as the various woodwind instruments he plays. He then attended Berklee College of Music where he studied performance. You could say that Jay has practically "done it all," from being a former member of "Sha-Na-Na," to Music Coordinator for the CBS daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless," to his 30-year tenure as a member of THE TOKENS.
Rebecca Curci - Rebecca began singing with The Tokens at age 15, as part of the group Those Girls. She has been acting in musical theatre, since she was 3, and has performed in productions on both coasts. Rebecca recently graduated college with a bachelors degree in theatre, and is currently directing, choreographing, and musical directing children’s theatre. Additionally, Rebecca shares her own recording studio, with her dad, and works with various independent musical acts.
Nico Wicklin - Nico began his musical education at the age of 4 with piano lessons. After moving to Atlanta, he played with many children’s ensembles in the DeKalb County area, before learning bass guitar and eventually moving back to California. He’s since earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. He’s continued his musical journey by venturing into production and songwriting as an independent artist under the name T.K. Jaco, while still performing with other musicians and groups, including The Tokens.
Ethan Ginsberg Margo - Ethan recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in Recording after falling in love with music production in high school. With a jazz piano background, music production degree and years of formal musical education he lends himself well as the harmonic anchor of The Tokens..