KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we are back in Cosimo Mattasa's J&M Studios, 840 N.Rampart St., New Orleans, in November 1953 for James "Sugar Boy" Crawford & His Cane Cutters' "Jock-A-Mo" (later known as "Iko Iko"), first released on 10" 78RPM on Checker...
"New Orleans born James Crawford would have been 19 when he cut what would become the original version of "Iko Iko", an international hit for the Dixie Cups some ten years later. Crawford had to sue for a piece of the Dixie Cups action and, although there was a settlement, it was far from fair.
Crawford said that he had combined two Mardi Gras Indian chants he knew, and there are numerous serious theories as to what these phrases and title mean but, for me, there is no explanation required." - KV
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