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)
Songwriter(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"
"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