Jimmy Fallon is one of the coolest guys out there, and his ‘The Tonight Show’ hosts many celebrities we love. But now imagine the feeling of hosting one of your idols! That happened in one of the episodes when Jimmy had the honor to seat across the desk from Billy Joel.
Jimmy tells his guest of the night how he is his all time favorite and just talking to a star like Billy makes Jimmy nervous, and as he says, singing along with him would be the craziest thing, so he has a brilliant idea that makes the audience lose their mind.
When Billy Joel agrees to sing with Jimmy, the host gets excited, because let’s be honest, not many people get the chance to sing along with such a huge star.
Jimmy takes 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. They choose to perform “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
Billy asks what key they will be singing in, which confuses Jimmy for a moment, but once the band plunks out a few notes, Jimmy chooses one. Now, everyone is eager for the performance to start.
“A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh.”
The app is super cool and lets the two play lines taking turns, which results with their voices blending in a perfect harmony. Jimmy sings a line which Billy repeats, and they do it again using higher voice.
After the four part harmony is ready, Jimmy starts singing along the well known lyrics we all adore.
“In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight. In the jungle the quiet jungle the lion sleeps tonight.”
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.”
Now it’s time for the final verse, and everyone is stunned by how great these two sound 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.”
People were entertained and amazed at the same time, saying how this was one of the best episodes of the show. Someone said, “You can’t fake the smile Jimmy had during this whole tune. This seemed like one of those “OMG” moments for him. Loved it.”
And we certainly loved it too.
Take a look at the performance and enjoy.