Do Wah Diddy Diddy

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"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
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Single by Manfred Mann
from the album The Manfred Mann Album
B-side "What You Gonna Do?"
Released 10 July 1964
Format Vinyl record
Recorded 11 June 1964
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:23
Label HMV POP 1320 (UK)[1]
Ascot (US)
Capitol (Canada)
Writer(s) Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich[1]
Producer(s) John Burgess[1]
Manfred Mann singles chronology
"Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)"
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
"Sha La La"

"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 made internationally famous by a version by the British band Manfred Mann.

Manfred Mann version[edit]

It was soon covered by British R&B, beat and pop band Manfred Mann.[2] Manfred Mann's version, which was more commercially successful, was recorded on 11 June 1964,[citation needed] released on 10 July,[3] and spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in August,[4] and two weeks at the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.[5]

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered many times, notably by DJ Ötzi whose version titled "Do Wah Diddy" peaked at #9 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40, as well as charting in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. Dutch girl group Dolly Dots recorded the song in 1982.

In popular culture[edit]

It was used as the theme song for Ang TV, a famous youth-oriented variety show in the Philippines from 1992–1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 82. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 166. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1964". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Billboard Publications, Inc. p. 158. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9. 

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Preceded by
"A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles
UK Singles Chart number-one single
13 August 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Have I the Right?" by the Honeycombs
Preceded by
"Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
17 October 1964 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Baby Love" by the Supremes