"Iko Iko" Performed by The Dixie Cups (1965)

May 14, 2008


I loved this tune the moment I heard it when I was in elementary school. I suppose it’s simplicity is what grabbed me as a child but as an adult the simplicity still is endearing. The song went to #20 on both the Pop and R&B charts in 1965.

The song also has quite an interesting pedigree that Richie Unterberger summed up in his “Iko Iko” song review on All Music.Com as follows:

“The impression is one of somehow sneaking in on a trio of girls just practicing or playing games among themselves for their own pleasure, whether in a dressing room, bedroom, or jumping rope perhaps, instead of a professional group doing a recording session.It turns out that “Iko Iko” wasn’t even planned to be recorded at its session. But after the musicians had gone home, while the women were doing some overdubbing, they started singing “Iko Iko” among themselves, using only a chair, drumstick, Coke bottle, ashtray, and drums as accompaniment. Producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had the band record it for real. Actually, a quite good full-band single with a song quite similar to “Iko Iko,” obviously based on similar New Orleans sources, had been recorded for the R&B market in the mid-1950s by Sugar Boy Crawford & His Cane Cutters, given the title “Jock-a-Mo.” Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Cyndi Lauper, and Ringo Starr are among the artists who’ve covered “Iko Iko” subsequent to the Dixie Cups’ hit. “(Source)

There is also a “Mardi Gras Digest Online” that records “Iko Iko” as the #8 ranking Mardi Gras Song. You can read more song history here at their site and see the song lyrics as well.

I appreciate your visit. Thanks for stopping by.

Update 8/30/11:  The Mardi Gras Digest site is no longer available. I changed the link to another location of an Iko Iko Song history. Enjoy.

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