Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cross Country: In The Midnight Hour

Most everyone is familiar with The Tokens who recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”; however, did you know that the group reformed in 1973 as Cross Country? Well at least three of the former Tokens reinvented themselves as an acoustic influenced vocal ensemble.

Their only hit was their adult contemporary rendition of the Wilson Pickett R&B classic, “In the Midnight Hour.” Slower and not funky like the original, Cross Country’s version aimed for a different audience.

While it will never be remembered in comparison to the original, Cross Country provided a completely different spin on this 60s hit. Their version only charted at #30, while the original was a #1 R&B and #21 pop hit in 1965.

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