Iko Iko was first released in 1953 by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters, under the title “Jock-A-Mo”. It wasn’t until 1965, when the Dixie Cups covered it as “Iko Iko” that it made the charts.
The subject of the song is based on the traditional confrontations disagreements between two Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
More info about the subject on the Wikipedia article.
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