[Ben Goldman] is also a former music teacher with an impressive list of students. From 1940 to 1977, Goldman taught music appreciation, theory, harmony and conducting at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1950 he was named assistant principal and music director at the school. Neil Sedaka, Neil Diamond, Herbie Mann and Jerry Herman were students of his. So were members of The Tokens, best known for their hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight.