Despite the fact that the band has released "Bongo Rock" in 1973 and "Return of the Incredible Bongo Band" in 1974, the band is best known for their cover of the song "Apache", which was first released by The Shadows. The record remained relatively unknown until the late 70s when it was adopted by hip hop pioneers like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. The song caught their attention due to the unusually long drum solo in the middle of the song. Later, more samples from plates of the Incredible Bongo Band used by hip-hop producers. The "Apache break" is still a widely used sample by a lot of dj's and producers.