I’m very sad to learn of the passing of Jay Traynor, I was on the June cruise last year with your group and was fortunate to have a picture taken with the group and a seperate one with me and Jay Traynor. My prayers are with his family, may he rest in peace!
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jay Traynor. . We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to you, Billy Reed and of course, Jay’s family. He will be sorely missed. ;(
We were on the November 2013 cruise with you and had a fabulous time listening to your great music . . . you sound even better now than you did “in the day”! Y’all really brightened our days!
Was fortunate to meet you at the Ultimate Doo Wop in Charleston, SC. My wife works for ETV and we were able to meet you guys back stage before the show. Very sorry to hear about the passing of Jay Traynor. My prayers to his family and friends.
Thanks for coming to Nassau County,N.Y. I Immmensely enjoyed the show last night in ‘Molloy College’ In Rockville Centre, N.Y. Your performance was fantastic and the group sounds awesome. Always Le’Creme De Le’ Creme.
Los amigos se llevan siempre en el corazón. Jay Traynor estará siempre en aquellos que saben ver el espiritu. Un abrazo para Jay Siegel, Billy Reed y amigos.
Thanks for the memories from your show at the Savanna Club last night, I loved the music you played for us it brought back so many good memories from the past.
So sorry to hear of jay trynor, i’m sure he was a good friend in life, and hopefully you’ll see him again, great show last night at ruth ekerd hall. you are truely blessed by god.
Jay, we really enjoyed the concert last night in Peekskill NY. You and the Tokens have giving us so many memories, you sounded Great as always. thanks so much.
Bill and I are still so saddened about jay. Hope we can see you soon. Maybe in Vegas.
Roberta. Regards to family
I would just like to say that it is so nice to see a group smartly dressed with nice suits on these days! I have only recently discovered you and your Tokens on YouTube when I was looking for the song ‘wimoweh’, because I have always loved that song! So now you have a new fan and I hope that one day I will be able to see you perform in concert! I really love your voice Jay and your Tokens also have great voices – what a refreshing change to discover some real talent!
Good luck with all your concerts this year,
Bye for now,
Last evening I attended The Tokens’ show in El Paso, Texas.- Showtime El Paso My husband of 44 years passed away just 2 weeks ago and so, some of the songs were difficult for me as he and I often sang to and danced to them. I had the feeling throughout the entire show that the group truly enjoyed each other and what they were doing. That made it all the more enjoyable. I had a great time and though it was painful and tear provoking for me at times throughout the show, it also made me feel like my husband was there with me. Thanks for a great time.
I really like the songs you do. These bring back memories of a time when songs were songs and not loud noise with no meaning. I would love to see you in Charleston, SC. Lynne Raisley
Your show last night in Maumee was awesome. Jay you and the guys clicked on all cylinders.I was especially touched by your tribute to Jay Traynor. ” She Cried” brought a tear to all of us. Come on back to Maumee anytime. Ron Arnett.
Looking forward to seeing your show this week in Eisenhower Park. My wife grew up in Coney Island and is a huge fan as am I.
Jay and guys … will you bring a female soprano to Vegas in 3 weeks ? In the past you’ve had Anita , Donna , and on at least one occasion an attractive unnamed blonde lady . Whatta ya say guys ?
You guys never stop impressing me.I am so looking forward to seeing you guys at Mohegan Sun in Jan.I only wish your group would do more tours in Connecticut….God Bless
Sorry to hear of the legal troubles between you and the Margo Brothers. I know you are the true original, and in my mind, it would not be a Tokens concert without JAY SIEGEL singing THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT. Hopefully next time I see you in concert, there won’t be a severe thunderstorm in the forecast. I think THE BIG E concert 2 years ago set a record for rock stars using the name JAY. Imagine if Sandy Deanne’s Jay & The Americans were there too.
Thank You !
You and the group are absoutley fantastic!!!!!!!
Jay, on one video of The Lion Sleeps Tonight you have a lovely blonde soprano singing. Can you tell us who she is? She is just incredible.She must perform somewhere professionally with a voice like that.
A studio singer from Pittsburgh
Jay do you have a name? I am so impressed with her singing – I would really love to find more of her performances. I would think she sings with some group. If you are reluctant to post her name here please send it to my email address or you can forward my request to her. I was simply blown away with how beautiful her voice is and how beautifully she hit those notes.
Sorry, I don’t
Jay there are a lot of people who would love to know who she is. Can you tell me who I could contact to find out what her name is? Whoever booked her with you may be able to help. Thank you.
Did you ever find out her name?
Yes. Her name is Katy Shackleton Williams. Incredible singer. Thank you for introducing her, Jay.
When I was young I listened to The Lion Sleeps Tonight SO MUCH, I drove my family crazy! To this day my sister has this song programmed into her phone so she knows when I’m calling! It’s still one of my favorites and I now have my grandsons listening to it! I’ve always wondered who the woman is that sang those really high notes?? Hard as I try, I just can’t sing along with her! : ) Thank you for the memories!
Thank You.. Anita Darian-NYC Opera
I believe the backup singer from Pittsburgh may be the accomplished vocalist, Katy Shackleton Williams.
Just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of the 2007 Solara that I now own. I love telling people who the previous owner was. Question, I went to school with Matthew Margolis, I thought he was in your group? Hope to see you at Proctors.
Your’e very welcome..Mitch Margo?
Could he have changed his name?
Really loved the show in Port St Lucie. Jay, your voice is point on! The new guy is sexy as hell, that would be Frenchy.
Nancy , do you remember me ? At Madison house . Since mark Glatzer took picture of you & me & you took me to jay picture & my name is Paul Glatzer & I would like your e mail & my e mail is email@example.com & please write to me
Hi nancy , question October 7 . Would you & jay could take me to see him singing . My father cell is (631) 523-4532 . To get direction to my house . To pick me up
First of all this is so great how you interact with your fans.I was on the Feb.cruise earlier this year with all of the other wonderful groups and had a blast.Ready to go next year.I’ might have mentioned to you how when The Lion Sleeps Tonite first came out my friends and my self thought you were saying wim o wet!WE were in the back seat of my friends baby sitters car singing wim o wet at the top of of our lungs and finally the sitter turned around and in a rather scolding voice said “I wish you boys would just hurry up and wet!”Had a blast listening to your stories as well as those from Boom Boom.Hopefully see you in Pa.in Sept.Keep on Rockin!
Thanks for sharing.. Great memories…Hope to see you on the next cruise or concert..JS
Hi jay , let me give you memberie . Since me & my family . With my aunt Chris birth day & we heard you singing . What we like soo much & you came to sing happy birth day to aunt Chris & nancy took me . To you to take picture with you . At Madison house & you know me . My name is Paul glatzer
Hi Jay, Thanks for coming out to Roslyn High School tonight and performing @ Roslyn Rocks. Jay Siegel’s Tokens were absolutely superb and seem to get better like a fine wine….Nice meeting you and look forward to seeing you all again real soon in December. Regards, Michael Spinner
Saw you twice at the American Theatre in Lancaster, PA, then again this weekend in Wildwood, NJ. You are amazing!
Thank you so much !
Last night I went to the NYCB Westbury Doo Wop show and I was BLOWN AWAY with your performance. You were GREAT! Thank you for a wonderful performance! I hope to see you guys again at the net show! Thank you for all the wonderful music! TRG
Jay, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your interview with Mr. 50’s on Baruch University’s radio station (WBMB) this afternoon. It was informative, entertaining, enjoyable and I love “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. One of my all time favorite songs. I’ve been singing it all night long! Can’t wait to see you on Long Island in 2016. Keep doing what you’re doing – you’re music makes me happy too! Warm regards, Lou
Groovy, only 6 weeks til we board Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas for our 2nd Rocky and the Rollers cruise. Can’t wait to hear you hit the high notes!
I just this week meet a Jay Leslie who told me he was the original lead singer for the group. Is Jay Siegel and Jay Leslie the same person?
Jay Leslie was NOT in the original Tokens.. Jay Siegel was always the lead vocalist & a founding member of the group…
Thank you. He did take a picture with me, but he was not very friendly. LION is a song I have sang for years, and my Sweet Adeline group sings it. I saw him several more times but he would not even speak. Really left a sour taste in my mouth for the Tokens. Does Jay Siegel not sing with them anymore? Is this guy lead singer now?
Jay Siegel is on tour all the time with his TOKENS
No way Luanne! Jay Siegel IS the lead singer of the Tokens and always will be! Maybe this Leslie guy was/is with Mitch Margo’s Tokens group? Grrr rankles my skin that Mitch Margo can use that great name for HIS group! Bet they don’t get near the amount of bookings as Jay Siegel’s group does! But….that name, Jay Leslie….does sounds familiar to me for some reason…..hmmm
Oops! I’m sorry I spelled your name wrong Luann!
Hi Jay-We saw you Sunday @ the Hauppauge HS,you were great as usual-keep up the great work-Bump(Bumper) No Massapequa LI NY
Saw you Thursday Night @ Heritage Hunt. I can not believe how gr8 you all sounded. The band was wonderful too. You have not missed a beat & your voice is better than ever. Thanks for a wonderful show.
We Thank You.. A fun night !
Hi. I sure would love it if you did a concert or two in the Palm Springs, CA area. Thank you!
Thanks !. Working on it
Or in the Calgary, Canada area. 😀
I love the 50’s and 60’s music and have caught many of the acts of that era.
The show I attended tonight at the Grand Falls Casino was as good as it gets. Jay’s falsetto is superb and pure. The vocal harmonies were exquisite, ranging from simple chords to complex voicings…all of it smooth and spot on. These guys are the cream of the crop…and fun to watch, and presented a perfect balance of music, fun stories and history. They were gracious and humble at the autograph table as well.
I hope to see them again.
Gary.. Thanks so much for those kind words. So glad you enjoyed it.. Hope to do it again—
Thanks for coming out to Westbury;L.I. last night; it was a wonderful performance as always. Absolutely terrific…. I still hope to see you do ‘Trumpets’ ( I Hear Trumpets Blow) some time…….
You’re welcome Michael.. Maybe someday !
My wife Linda and I are so glad to see that you will be back at Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 17. We so enjoy listening to you sing!
Looking forward to this concert
I can’t wait to see your concert & I will see you . This Saturday night & please bring nancy with you
seen you twice at east haven fall festival then i heard the east haven axadmeys music class singing the lion sleeps tonight i stoped what i was doing and went in there class room and told them you were just here none of the kids or the teacher knew you played the festival i was shocked will see you in jan at mohegan sun then in may in naples best always bobby cord joe maturo is mayor 2016 he was mayor when you were here and i was his council member …. see you soon cord
Thanks Bobby.. See you soon
Hi Jay Siegel,
I hope that they have spent a wonderful day in Catalonia, I have several albums of the Tokens, some of them have been with me for more than 30 years, the RCA 101176 for example, a strong hug from Catalonia Mr. Siegel.
Catalonia was wonderful
Who was the gorgeous blond female singer who stood slightly behind the group in one of your videos of the Lion Sleeps Tonight.? Her voice is awesome. I keep watching this video and then go to work and get into trouble from the other staff for doing falsetto woo woo’s in the mortuary of the song. Lucky my client’s are deceased or there might be a rapid exit. Haha. Great song and band.
Kevin.. She was a studio singer that PBS hired as a back-up singer.. Talented & pretty ! Funny note.. Jay Siegel
Well there you go, mate. She was talented and pretty. Nothing wrong with either of our eyes or hearing. Haha. Thanks for answering, and I’ll keep up the good work in the Launceston Hospital mortuary studio.Kevin.
On September 28th your site shows you will appearing in Freehold N.J. at I play America. They don’t have it listed on there site and where it says get tickets it takes you to the events again. Is this for real or is it fake news. I want to go, just saw you in Deal N.J. Great show.
Hi Susan.. Just got that confirmed..for Sept. 24…We will be there with the Drifters.. JS
Had the pleasure of sitting directly behind you and your wife at Tony Orlando’s concert last month at Mohegan Sun. Just kind of thought you and your wife were two ordinary people until Tony introduced you and called you up on stage. You were great! Brought back so many memories of the sixties. Needless to say it was an absolute pleasure to hear you sing again, never mind sitting behind a celebrity and his lovely adorable wife. God Bless you. Thanks again.
Hi Jerelyn ,Loved being on stage with Tony.. Happy that you enjoyed it !.. Hope to see you again at Mohegan in January.. Jay
Jay I think about you, we went to bay 2 in brighton beach with Harvey Keitel and Carl Platt and manny other people. I used to live in Marlboro NJ I heard you became a Doctor how did that happen? I saw ypor concert when I lived in Marlboro and was so excited to see you. You can go on facebook and see my picture under Brenda Middleman Zomick.
Hi Brenda.. Those were the best times..I received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Kean University..Hope to see you at one of our concerts.. jay
Hi there! I wish you guys could come perform in Canada, in Calgary, Alberta. I would love to watch you sing in person. I love to watch you guys sing, and your stage antics are the best! I love how Jay seems to love to play the audience and how blissfully happy he looks when he’s singing. What a stage presence! I can only imagine what it must be like to be there in person! I think I’ve now watched every video of you all that I could find on YouTube. You guys are my go-to music when I get upset. Nothing like a good dose of your kind of doo-wop to calm and relax me, and especially a few listens to The Lion Sleeps Tonight. I hope and pray that you all get to keep performing for as long as you can. Love you all. God Bless. Laurie Krommendijk.
P.S. I’ve been listening to your songs since I was 13. I’m now 56.
Thank you Laurie for that very nice message.. We hope to come to Canada in the near future & would love to say “Hello” in person to you.. Jay Siegel
Dear Mr. Siegel,
Oh great. More celeb ego platitudes. Aw geez, who do you think you’re kidding, Mr. Siegel? I checked your guys’ bookings on this website, and you’re booked all the way through 2019! You’ll never make it up here and you know it.
I’m sorry, I guess I don’t think much of the U.S. anymore, no insult intended on you guys, cause I have a feeling you love the place.
I AM an American by birth, but have been up here in Canada since the age of 6. So I consider this my home and my loyalty is here. I hope to get duel citizenship someday since I don’t yet formally have Canadian citizenship. My parents never wanted it, they were proud Americans, so they never got it. So I’m still a landed immigrant by status. I just have to finish working on getting my permanent resident card, to prove I live here permanently, and have no plans to leave here. Which I don’t. I love it here, feel safe here, always have. But the government here charges $600 to apply, which I think is obscene and outlandish, but what you do, right?
I’m on low-income Disabilty because I’ve battled mental depression, BPD (borderline personality disorder), anxiety, and panic attacks, since childhood. My therapist says it’s because I was the target of school bullies for years growing up. So I can’t hold a job, never could.
The only thing that really keeps me alive is my only son, Kyle. Him I’ve stuck around for because he needs me. He has aspergers which is a form of autism. He is now 25 years of age. His dad has it, too, and resulted in our getting divorced 16 years ago, because he became physically abusive to me. I guess it’s better not to be married than have that.
Anyway, I guess I’ve gone on enough here.
If you do manage to make it to Canada someday, great. Please know that you all have a friend up here. If not, well, I’ll just keep listening and watching on YouTube, even though I’ve seen everything I can find on you guys already. I must have watched that “Wimoweh: the Jay Siegel story” about 5 or 6 times now, in the last couple of months! Lol! I like your current stuff the best. Oh, and I’m sorry about Jay Traynor. What a loss! A man of incredible talent! I wish I could sing like that, or like any of you.
I’ve always loved singing but I suck at it. So I very much admire anyone who can get up there and do it. I wanted music lessons but daddy always said it would be a waste of his good money, that I’d never amount to anything. He said the same to my big brother, Michael. Michael died of a massive heart attack 2 years ago and I miss him. I miss my parents, too. My sister isn’t speaking to me, and my little brother lives in another city.
I’m glad you enjoy your life and your work. I wish I enjoyed mine. Maybe the new meds will kick in soon and I will, don’t know.
But I want you to know that watching you guys perform on stage brings me joy. And you all aren’t bad “eye candy” as they say, either. My heart still does flip-flops every time I watch the videos, cause you all look so good. You’re wife is a lucky lady. Are the other two married, too? Lol, just kidding! I’m not on the hunt right now but I do know good looking men when I see them lol.
Anyway, I hope this wasn’t too tedious for you to read. I just wanted you to know a little about me. So if you did manage to wade through all this, thanks for reading!
P.S. I’m trying to learn to play the guitar – but so far I suck at that, too! ☺️
Keep at the Guitar Laurie.. It’s good for your head & soul.. Hopefully our management will be able to secure a booking in your neck of the woods.. Love to meet you one day.. Jay
Oh gosh, thanks for being so nice Mr. Siegel! I was thinking maybe that last giant post was inapropriate. I came back here to see if I could delete it, because I felt guilty and stupid about posting such a thing in your nice guestbook. And I figured you guys would think I’m a total psycho if you read it, and I thought maybe I could delete it before you saw it. But there doesn’t seem to be any way for the person posting to delete their entry. That’s too bad cause I feel like a dummy for spilling my guts like that. Well, if you want to delete it, it’s ok with me and I wouldn’t blame you a bit, Mr. Siegel. Thank you again for being so nice. It’s very refreshing!
Hey, I just noticed the times on these postings. Wow, must be quite a time difference wherever this site originates from. It’s only 8:57 AM here. Got a ways to go before it gets to 2:52 PM. Oh well, the days are only a year long so not too bad I guess.
Shoot! It doesn’t allow for emojis. That’s what I was trying to do, that’s why that last post is blank. I’m sorry.
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