Jimmy Begins Singing “Lion Sleeps Tonight” With Billy Joel Hopping In For Epic Duet Gone Viral
When the legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel takes a seat across the desk from late show host Jimmy Fallon, no one could have expected what Jimmy was going to ask him.
Jimmy first professed that he was a huge fan.
Then, he admitted that he had always wanted to sing with Billy Joel. Who wouldn’t?
As soon as Billy Joel agrees to Jimmy’s request, the television show host goes crazy!
He whips out his iPad and begins excitedly babbling about an app (called Loopy HD) that would convert the two of their voices into a two-man doo-wop group.
Jimmy had already hooked up two microphones for each of them in the hopes that Billy Joel would agree to his crazy request.
Then they opted to sing a quite difficult song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
Always the superstar on point, Billy Joel asks Jimmy in what key they’ll be singing.
The look on Jimmy’s face is too funny, so the band assists by plunking out a few notes, Jimmy picks one, and then he starts off their duet.
“A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh.”
Jimmy shows Billy Joel how the app plays back his one line, then Billy Joel copies it and harmonizes beautifully.
Jimmy jumps up a few higher notes and repeats the line.
Billy Joel chimes in even higher and harmonizes.
After Jimmy uses the app to combine their impressive four-part harmony, Jimmy lets loose with the beloved lyrics that everyone knows and loves.
“In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight. In the jungle the quiet jungle the lion sleeps tonight.”
They merge sounds on the next section with Billy Joel harmonizing with Jimmy. These two truly sound amazing!
Then Billy Joel takes a shot at the next verse. As always, he sounds like the award-winning artist he is.
“Near the village the peaceful village the lion sleeps tonight. Near the village the quiet village the lion sleeps tonight.”
They take turns on the third and final verse of this song by The Tokens.
Who knew these two would sound so good together?
“Hush my darling don’t fear my darling the lion sleeps tonight. Hush my darling don’t fear my darling the lion sleeps tonight.”
Thanks to the app, Billy Joel’s always incredible voice and Jimmy’s surprisingly solid singing, they pull off an awesome rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
Hear how truly good they sound in the video below!