R&B singer, songwriter James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: James Crawford

James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford

October 12, 1934, New Orleans, LA ~ September 15, 2012, New Orleans, LA

James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford, who has died aged 77, was a New Orleans rhythm and blues singer and in 1953 wrote Jock-A-Mo, a song that became a catchy hit in the 1960s as Iko Iko. With lyrics borrowed from old Mardi Gras Indian chants, Jock-A-Mo was successfully recorded as Iko Iko by the Dixie Cups in 1965. Other artists, ranging from Dr. John, the Grateful Dead and Cyndi Lauper, also recorded versions. ~ the Telegraph: James Sugar Boy Crawford Obituary ~ September 18, 2012 © The Telegraph

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October 12, 1963 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Bobby Vinton, Blue Velvet ~ #2 (3) the Ronettes, Be My Baby ~ #1 (4) Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs, Sugar Shack


After his Imperial tenure, Sugar Boy had singles on Montel and Ace before his career, and nearly his life, came to an abrupt halt. Sugar Boy and his band were on their way to a job in North Louisiana in 1963, when state troopers pulled him over for the then-crime of being a black man in a flashy brand-new automobile. One of Louisiana’s “finest” took exception to Sugar Boy’s attitude and proceeded to pistol-whip him on the side of the road. Sugar Boy spent three weeks in the hospital and was incapacitated for two years. He attempted a comeback, but after 1969, he confined his singing to church. ~ Offbeat: James Sugar Boy Crawford Interview ~ February 1, 2002 © Offbeat

James Sugar Boy Crawford ~ Inducted in the 2010 Louisiana Music Hall of Fame ~ Performing across South Louisiana, Sugar Boy Crawford was a “singer's singer,” one that other performers wanted to emulate, and was just as popular in Baton Rouge, LA as in New Orleans. ~ 2010 © Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

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