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"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.

"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?"
Released10 July 1964
FormatVinyl record
Recorded11 & 22 June 1964[1]
LabelHMV POP 1320 (UK)[2]
Ascot (US)
Capitol (Canada)
Songwriter(s)Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich[2]
Producer(s)John Burgess[2]
Manfred Mann singles chronology
"Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)"
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
"Sha La La"


Manfred Mann versionEdit

It was soon covered by British R&B, beat and pop band Manfred Mann.[3] Manfred Mann's version was released on 10 July,[4] and spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in August,[5] and two weeks at the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.[6]

Chart historyEdit

Other versionsEdit

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.

American hip-hop group 2 Live Crew created a characteristically explicit cover for the 1988 album Move Somethin'.

in 1996, Fun Factory covered the song in the album of Fun-Tastic.

In popular cultureEdit

  • 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 My Girl.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ D&j (5 June 2018). "Manfred Mann - Down the Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966". Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 166. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1964". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1964-10-12. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Do Wah Diddy Diddy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ "Australian Chart Book". 5 March 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. ^ List of Top 25 singles for 1964 in Australia
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1964/Top 100 Songs of 1964". Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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