Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 2 weeks); 1964

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

British Beat groups were infatuated with American rhythm and blues recordings; the more obscure, the better. The Beatles’ in-person repertoire included many such tunes, some of which – such as the Donays’ Devil In His Heart and Larry WilliamsSlow Down – the Fab Four also recorded as album tracks. The same held true for other bands all over England, including Manfred Mann, headed by Manfred Lubovitz from Johannesburg, South Africa. Manfred moved to England in 1962, where he taught and played music, and wrote for Jazz News – as Manfred Mann. Later that year he founded the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. After the inevitable game of musician musical chairs, the band, now called Manfred Mann, landed a recording contract. In 1964 the Manfreds released the first of many covers, in this case a version of Do-Wah-Diddy, written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The Exciters’ original had peaked at #76 in January of 1964, and eight months later Manfred Mann took it to the top of the Hot 100.

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Produced by:

  • John Burgess

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jeff Barry
  • Ellie Greenwich