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Iko Iko
Composer: James Crawford / Traditional

Iko Iko was first performed by the Grateful Dead in May 1977. The song was performed just a few times each year through the late 1970's and early 1980's and then more regularly through the mid and late 1980's and early 1990's. In total the Grateful Dead performed the song just under 200 times. The version of the song on the Jerry Garcia box set All Good Things is a previously unreleased outtake from the 1977 Cats Under The Stars recording sessions. The song is often listed on Grateful Dead tapes and set lists as Aiko Aiko but this spelling is not used elsewhere.

Iko Iko was written by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford in the early 1950's. In an interview, with Jeff Hannusch, Crawford said:

It came from two Indian chants that I put music to. Iko Iko was like a victory chant that the Indians would shout. Jock-A-Mo was a chant that was called when the Indians went into battle. I just put them together and made a song out of them.
Crawford recorded the song as Jock-A-Mo. Most subseqeunt recordings use the Iko Iko title. Recordings of Iko Iko are often credited to the members of the Dixie Cups (Hawkins/Hawkins/Johnson or similar) who recorded the song in 1964. The Dixie Cups were awarded ownership of the song in 1967 despite its similarity to Jock-A-Mo.


James Crawford

no info Single (Jock-A-Mo / You You You), Sugar Boy & the Cane Cutters, 1954 (Checker 787)
no info Chess Golden Decade Vol. 1: The Early Fifties, Various Artists, 1973
info Sugar Boy Crawford, Sugar Boy Crawford, 1976
no info New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Various Artists, 1984
no info History of New Orleans R&B Vol. 1, 1987
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no info Chess New Orleans, Various Artists, 1995
no info Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans, Various Artists, 1996
info Chess Blues-Rock Songbook, Various Artists, 1997
no info Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, Various Artists, 1999
no info More New Orleans Party Classics, Various Artists, 1999
no info Whole Lotta Blues: Crescent City, Various Artists, 1999
no info The Chess Story: 1947-1975, Various Artists, 2000
no info Rockin' Pneumonia, Various Artists, 2000
no info Mardi Gras Essentials, Various Artists, 2000
no info Best of Chess Blues, Various Artists, 2004
info Classics: The Chronological 1953-1954, Sugar Boy Crawford, 2005
info Blowing the Fuse: 29 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1954, Various Artists, 2005
no info Crazy Man Crazy: The Roots of Rock 'N' Roll, Various Artists, 2006
no info New Orleans R&B: Crescent City Classics, Various Artists, 2006
info The Cosimo Matassa Story, Various Artists, 2007
no info Chess Chartbusters, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 2008

Dixie Cups

info Chapel of Love, Dixie Cups, 1964
no info Single (Iko Iko / I'm Gonna To Get You Yet), Dixie Cups, 1965
no info Single (Iko Iko / Gee Baby Gee), Dixie Cups, 1965
info Iko Iko, Dixie Cups, 1965
no info The Red Bird Era Vol 2: The New York Sound and the New Orleans Connection, Various Artists, 1978
no info Charly's Angels, Various Artists, 1978
no info Teen Anguish, Vol. 1, Dixie Cups, 1980
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no info Greatest Movie Rock Hits, Various Artists, 1989
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no info The 60's Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1999
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info Be_My_Baby_2: More Music From The Girls Of The Sixties, Various Artists, 2012
info Side By Side: Records Store Day single, 2013

Other recordings

no info Single (Iko Iko/ Sydney), Rolf Harris, 1965
no info Mixed Bag, The Four Pennies, 1966
no info Life Is A Bowl Of Berries, The Rockin' Berries, 1966
no info Wanted Dead or Alive, Warren Zevon, 1970
info Dr. John's Gumbo, Dr. John, 1972
no info Everything Stops For Tea, Long John Baldry, 1972
no info Single (Iko Iko / Mother Ain't Dead), Long John Baldry, 1972
no info The Unreleased Larry Williams, Larry Williams, 1974
no info Wild Magnolias, Wild Magnolias, 1974
no info Life, Exuma, 1974
info National Folk Festival: Good Time Music, Various Artists (Wild Magnolias), 1975
info Fiyo On The Bayou, Neville Brothers, 1981
no info Single (Iko-Iko / I Should Have Known), Natasha, 1982
no info Single (Iko-Iko /The Reason), The Belle Stars, 1982
no info The Belle Stars, The Belle Stars, 1983
no info American Folk Blues Festival Live '83, Various Artists (Lovie Lee), 1984
no info True Colors, Cyndi Lauper, 1986
info Haunting Melodies, Marley's Ghost, 1987
no info The Ultimate Dr. John, Dr. John, 1987
no info Satisfaction Soundtrack, Various Artists (Jennie Lee and The Mystery), 1988
no info Mardi Gras Mambo, Zachary Richard, 1989
info Fiddlehead Blues, Randy Sabien, 1989
no info Bayou Cadillac, Beausoleil, 1989
info Rain Man Soundtrack, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 1989
no info I'm Back at Carnival Time, Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, 1990
no info Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band..., Ringo Starr, 1990
no info Bad Boy, Larry Williams, 1990
no info Ben & Jerry's Newport Folk Festival, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Dr John), 1990
no info Mardi Gras Party, Various Artists (Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias), 1991
no info Creole Kings of New Orleans, Various Artists (Larry Williams), 1992
no info New Orleans Party Classics, Various Artists (Dr John), 1992
info Mos' Scocious: The Anthology, Dr. John, 1993
no info The Very Best Of, Belle Stars, 1993
no info Choo Choo Boogaloo, Buckwheat Zydeco, 1994
no info On a Mardi Gras Day, Dr. John, 1994
no info Dr. John's Gumbo/In the Right Place, Dr. John, 1994
no info Bottle Up & Go, Palermo Boogie Gang, 1994
no info The Very Best of, Dr. John, 1995
no info Like a Real Cajun, Waylon Thibodeaux, 1995
info Soul To Jazz, Bernard Purdie, 1996
no info The Ad Libs & Friends, The Ad Libs & Friends, 1996
no info Music for Mardi Gras, Black Dogs, 1996
no info Doo Wop & Lollipops, Stormy Weather, 1996
no info Hot Hot Vacation Jams, Various Artists (Dr. John), 1996
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no info Right Place Wrong Time, Dr. John, 1997
no info Live at Celebrity Hall & The Metro Club, Rare Essence, 1997
no info She's So Unusual/True Colors/Hat Full of Stars, Cyndi Lauper, 1997
no info Burning Up the Tracks, The Zydeco Flames, 1997
no info The Best of Today's Movie Hits, The Countdown Singers, 1997
no info Ain't No Place to Pee on Mardi Gras Day, Wild Linoleum, 1997
no info Back to the Beat, Sugar Beats, 1997
no info The Definitive, Rolf Harris, 1998
no info Greatest Hits, The Neville Brothers, 1998
no info Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper, 1998
no info They're in Town, The Rockin' Berries, 1998
no info Banana Boat Rider, Greg MacDonald, 1998
no info Jam the Jazzfest EP, Terrance Simien, 1998
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no info In the Dance Tent, The Horse Flies, 2000
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no info Party Time, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2000
no info California Music, Curt Boettcher, 2001
no info Anthology...So Far, Ringo Starr (w/ Dr. John), 2001
no info Single (Iko Iko / Iko Iko / Iko Iko), Captain Jack, 2001
no info Top Secret, Captain Jack, 2001
no info She'll Be Right, Rolf Harris, 2001
info Live at the Freight, Marley's Ghost, 2001
no info Live in New Orleans, Adrian Duke, 2001
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no info Aaron's Party: Live in Concert, Aaron Carter, 2001
info Roots: An American Journey, Various Artists (Wild Magnolias), 2001
no info Greatest Hits of the 80's, Vol. 4, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2001
no info Here Come the 80's, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2001
no info Boom 2001, Vol. 2: 40 Explosive Hits, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2001
no info Just the Best 2001, Vol. 3, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2001
no info Sunshine 2001, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2001
no info Mission:Impossible 2 Soundtrack, Various Artists (Zap Mama), 2001
no info The Essentials, Dr. John, 2002
no info 2 Sides of the Four Pennies/Mixed Bag, Four Pennies, 2002
no info Time After Time: The Best of Cyndi Lauper, Cyndi Lauper, 2002
no info She's So Unusual/True Colors, Cyndi Lauper, 2002
no info DJ's Choice: Mardi Grass Madness, The Hit Crew, 2002
no info Toddler's Next Steps: Singalong Songs, Various Artists (Jack Grunsky), 2002
no info The Rough Guide to the Music of Louisiana, Various Artists (Zachary Richard), 2002
no info All by Hisself: Live at the Lonestar, Dr. John, 2003
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no info Guitar Gumbo, John Rankin, 2003
no info The Long Walk Home, Professor John & His Band, 2003
no info Queen of the Mardi Gras, Charmaine Neville, 2003
no info The Best of, Rolf Harris, 2003
no info New Orleans Party Songs, Various Artists (Dr John), 2003
no info Then: Totally Oldies '80s, Vol. 5, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2003
no info All Stars Hit Collection, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2003
no info At His Finest: The Specialty Rock 'N' Roll Years, Larry Williams, 2004
no info Free Style, Donald Harrison, 2004
no info Heroes, Donald Harrison, 2004
info 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Neville Brothers, The Neville Brothers, 2004
no info United, Our Thing Will Stand, James Booker, 2004
no info Rhythm of Da Zydeco, Zydeco Bon!, 2004
no info Superficial Satisfaction?, Zydeco Playboys, 2004
no info Single (Iko-Iko / Iko Iko), Guy Delicious, 2004
no info The Collection, Cyndi Lauper, 2004
no info She's So Unusual/True Colours/A Night to Remember, Cyndi Lauper, 2004
no info Captain's Best: Best Hits and New Songs, Captain Jack, 2004
no info Belle-Issima!: Sweet Memories..., Belle Stars, 2004
no info Let's All Go Down to New Orleans, Dixie Power Trio, 2004
no info Makin Groceries, Reggie Houston & Friends, 2004
no info Cajun Mardi Gras, Jo-El Sonnier, 2004
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no info Tricked Out, Robin Sylar, 2004
no info Come Together, Lynne Arriale Trio, 2004
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no info New Orleans Gumbo, Various Artists (Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias), 2004
info Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol' Box of New Orleans, Various Artists (Dr John), 2004
info Gold, The Neville Brothers, 2005
no info Boogie Woogie: The Warner Bros. Recordings, Long John Baldry, 2005
no info Live at Montreux, 1995, Dr. John, 2005
no info Rhino Hi-Five, Dr. John, 2005
no info Greatest Hits, Captain Jack, 2005
no info The Collection, Cyndi Lauper, 2005
no info Spirit of New Orleans, Blue Cat Express, 2005
no info Iko, Glass Candy, 2005
info On The Road: March 24, 2005, Denver, CO, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: October 22, 2005, Atlanta, GA, String Cheese Incident, 2005
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no info The Definitive Pop Collection, Dr. John, 2006
no info Introducing Dr. John, Dr. John, 2006
no info They're in Town: The Pye Anthology, The Rockin Berries, 2006
no info Live in Burghausen, Lynne Arriale, 2006
no info Lone Wolf, E. Frank Murphy, 2006
no info Single ( Lonely at the Top / Iko Iko), The Ordinary Boys, 2006
no info 2 Good 2 B True, Aaron Carter, 2006
info For Rex : The Black Tie Dye Ball, The Zen Tricksters and Special Guests, 2006
no info Dora's World Adventure, Various Artists (Aaron Neville), 2006
no info Jack in the Box, Vol. 1, Jack Grunsky, 2007
no info The Best of, The Od Tapo Imi Steel Drum Band, 2007
no info Feral Angel, John Harrelson, 2007
no info i Bestial, Los Prolos, 2007
no info The Very Best of, Cyndi Lauper, 2007
no info 3 of a Kind, Tri Tip Trio, 2007
no info Live at the Drake Hotel, E. Frank Murphy, 2007
info 100 Hits: 80's, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2007
no info 100 Hits: Woman, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2007
no info Just for Fun: Super Fun Party Hits, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2007
no info The Best of Dr. John: The Night Tripper, Dr. John, 2008
no info Heart & Soul of New Orleans, The Neville Brothers, 2008
no info Chess Moves: Future Blues, Keith LeBlanc featuring Skip McDonald, 2008
no info Carolina Moonshine, Bill Averbach & Bam-Jazz, 2008
no info It Ain't Easy: Live at Iowa State University, Long John Baldry, 2008
no info Fiddlehead Blues, Randy Sabien, 2008
no info Original Album Classics, Cyndi Lauper, 2008
no info The Platinum Collection, Rolf Harris, 2008
no info Iko Iko (single), Natasha England, 2008
no info Back From The Mists Of Time, Natasha England, 2008
info MexiCali Live, Teaneck, NJ, May 17, 2008, KPSK, 2008
no info The Essential Guide to New Orleans, Various Artists (Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias), 2008
no info Drive My Car, Various Artists (Cyndi Lauper), 2008
no info 100 Hits: Party, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2008
no info 90s Summer Hit Party, Various Artists (Captain Jack), 2008
no info Rising Sun, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, 2009
no info The Hangover Soundtrack, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2009
no info 100 Hits Movies, Various Artists (Belle Stars), 2009
no info Original Album Series: Babylon/Dr. John's Gumbo/Gris Gris/In The Right Place/The Sun, Moon & Herbs, Dr. John, 2010
info Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, Feb 27, 1989, Neville Brothers, 2010
info Peach Music Festival, August 10, 12, Dark Star Orchestra, 2012
info Side By Side: Records Store Day single, Various Artists(Dr John), 2013

 
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