The Greatest Hits of the World
looks at two songs that have achieved cross cultural, and multigenerational success -- Ben E. King's Stand By Me
, aka Wimoweh or The Lion Sleeps Tonight
(BBC World Service, 2 parts, 25 minutes each)
The story of 'Wimoweh'
'Mbube' or more popularly 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. In which a Zulu migrante creates one of the most recorded songs of the twentieth century, but because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, failed to get any royalties and died a pauper. A contribution to the music copyright debate.