Do Wah Diddy Diddy
|"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"|
|Single by Manfred Mann|
|from the album The Manfred Mann Album|
|B-side||"What You Gonna Do?"|
|Released||10 July 1964 (UK)
3 August 1964 (US)
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Recorded||11 June 1964|
|Writer(s)||Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich|
|Manfred Mann singles chronology|
It was soon covered by British R&B, Beat and pop band Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann's version, which was more commercially successful, was recorded on 11 June 1964, released on 10 July and spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in August and two weeks at the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.
Other cover versions
- In 1964, the song was covered by French singer Sheila as "Vous les copains" ("You, my friends"). It was also covered that year by Québécois singer Tony Roman, as "Do Wha Diddy".
- Jan & Dean released the song on their album, Command Performance in 1965.
- Reparata and the Delrons covered the song on their 1965 LP Whenever a Teenager Cries.
- The British pop band, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich covered the song, and it appears on their greatest hits album.
- Andrew Gold covered the song on his 1976 album What's Wrong with This Picture.
- The song was covered by German girl group À La Carte in 1980, and by Dutch girl group the Dolly Dots in 1982.
- The Fools, a Massachusetts rock band, did their version in 1985 which was extensively played on MTV.
- The song was parodied by the controversial hip hop group 2 Live Crew on their 1988 album Move Somethin', and by the Macc Lads in their song Manfred Macc.
- The Moffatts covered the song in 1995.
- In 1995, german pop band Fun Factory covered the song as "Doh Wah Diddy", which became their biggest hit in Germany to date.
- The song was remade by a Korean idol group Shinhwa in 1998.
- DJ Ötzi released his cover version in 2001.
- Riders in the Sky released a Monsters, Inc. version on the album Monsters, Inc. Scream Factory Favorites in 2002.
- The song was covered by Kramer on his LP "THE BRILL BUILDING", a collection of songs celebrating the '60–'66 era of hit songwriting in the Brill Bldg, released in 2012 on Tzadik Records.
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|UK Singles Chart number-one single
13 August 1964 (2 weeks)
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|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
17 October 1964 (2 weeks)
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