Do Wah Diddy Diddy

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"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
Single by Manfred Mann
from the album The Manfred Mann Album
B-side"What You Gonna Do?"
Released10 July 1964 (UK)
3 August 1964 (US)
FormatVinyl record (7")
Recorded11 June 1964
GenrePop rock
Length2:23
LabelHMV 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)"
(1964)
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
(1964)
"Sha La La"
(1964)
 
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"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
Single by Manfred Mann
from the album The Manfred Mann Album
B-side"What You Gonna Do?"
Released10 July 1964 (UK)
3 August 1964 (US)
FormatVinyl record (7")
Recorded11 June 1964
GenrePop rock
Length2:23
LabelHMV 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)"
(1964)
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
(1964)
"Sha La La"
(1964)

"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 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]

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References[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][dead link]
  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