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, 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.
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. German girl group À La Carte recorded the song in 1980 and Dutch girl group Dolly Dots in 1982.
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.
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