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|
|Recorded||11 & 22 June 1964|
|Label||HMV POP 1320 (UK)|
|Songwriter(s)||Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich|
|Manfred Mann singles chronology|
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy" is a song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as "Do-Wah-Diddy", by the American vocal group The Exciters. It was made internationally famous by the British band Manfred Mann.
Manfred Mann version
It was soon covered by British R&B, beat and pop band Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann's version was released on 10 July 1964. It spent two weeks at No. 1 of the UK Singles Chart in August and two weeks at No. 1 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.
In popular culture
- The song was used as a military cadence in the movie Stripes.
- The song was used as an opening and closing theme song of Ang TV.
- The song was used in the motion picture My Girl.
- The Manfred Mann version of the song was used as the extro music in the 1991 film L.A. Story starring Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant.
Fun Factory version
|"Doh Wah Diddy"|
|Single by Fun Factory|
|from the album Fun-Tastic|
|Released||January 5, 1996|
|Fun Factory singles chronology|
In 1996, Fun Factory released a cover version of the song. Only a few lines of lyrics were retained, and supplemented by rap passages. It reached the top 10 in Germany and Spain and No.11 in Austria.
- Doh Wah Diddy (Dee Dee Radio) - 3:31
- Doh Wah Diddy (Dee Dee Fun-Tastic Extended) - 4:43
- Doh Wah Diddy (Fly Bass Remix) - 4:31
- Doh Wah Diddy (Medium Houze) - 4:43
- Fun Factory's Theme II - 3:24
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Canada Dance (RPM)||24|
|Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)||33|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||6|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||64|
Other cover versions
The song has been covered many times, notably by DJ Ötzi whose version titled "Do Wah Diddy" peaked at No.9 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40, as well as charting in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. German girl group À La Carte recorded the song in 1980 and Dutch girl group Dolly Dots in 1982.
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