Grateful Dead – Iko Iko (Live in 1989)

“Iko Iko” was first recorded by The Dixie Cups in the mid 1960s, but its origins go back to the 1950s and a song by James “Sugar Boy” Crawford called “Jock-A-Mo”. I first heard it through the Grateful Dead, and lots of other great artists have covered it, too, like the Neville Brothers and Dr. John. Here’s the Grateful Dead doing “Iko Iko” in 1989, from their Crimson, White, and Indigo release.

Now here’s Dr. John playing it the same year on Night Music. He originally covered it on his 1972 record Dr. John’s Gumbo. Here he’s playing it with the Night Music house band. David Sanborn on saxophone.

And here’s the original release of “Iko Iko” by The Dixie Cups.

It’s a song that’s gonna stick with you.

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