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Farewell New Orleans Musical Great James "Sugar Boy" Crawford

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2012 10:07am | Post a Comment
As reported yesterday by the New Orleans' Times-Picayune website nola.com  New Orleans rhythm & blues legend James “Sugar Boy” Crawford passed on Saturday while under hospice care following a brief illness. He was 77 years of age. The  New Orleans singer will live on through his music and through one song in particular; the song that most folks know as "Iko Iko" which was a rendition of his song which, in turn, was his interpretation of much earlier N.O. traditional music.  Crawford recorded it under the title "Jock-A-Mo" which he borrowed from traditional Mardi Gras Indian chants. The song was later remade into “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups who, among many others, won acclaim with the song. The numerous others who have covered it over the years include Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Willy DeVille. The Grateful Dead and Cyndi Lauper have also done versions of the song.  Of course James "Sugar Boy" Crawford's musical legacy goes a lot deeper than that one song and I have included a few selections below (audio only video clips) from the artist's rich career which peaked in the fifties and sixties (he retired in the mid 1960's - reportedly after getting beat up by the cops but had returned to the public eye in recent years). Look for many of these songs, that include the 1956 Imperial Records single "She's Gotta Wobble (When She Walks),"  on CD at Amoeba Music's three stores. His music so worth seeking out even if, at times, it can be perceived as sexist. 


James Sugar Boy Crawford - I Bowed On My Knees


James "Sugar Boy" Crawford - I Don t Know What I'll Do" ( Original tune from Chess
Records. Sugar Boy would later record it on Ace records and re-titled it "I Cried")


James "Sugar Boy" Crawford "Watch Her, Whip Her"


James "Sugar Boy" Crawford "She's Gotta Wobble (When She Walks)"
(1956, Imperial Records)

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