Billboard #1 Hits: #119: “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”- Manfred Mann. October 17, 1964. #1 for weeks.

  • Single: “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”- Manfred Mann
  • Record Company- Ascot
  • Genre: Pop Rock
  • Written by-Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
  • Time: 2:23
  • B-side: “What You Gonna Do”
  • Album- The Manfred Mann Album
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks on Billboard Hot 100. Also #1 in UK, Canada and Sweden.

A very impressive run on #1 hits in 1964 continues-with another British Invasion hit. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy”- was first released in 1963 by The Exciters an American girl group- with one male member- the single made it to #78 on the charts. When I hear the song– I think of the scene in the movie Stripes where the song is used as a military cadence.

Manfred Mann was much bigger in the UK than in the US. They had 3 #1 hits in the 1960’s and 11 Top 40 hits in the UK during the 1960’s- in the US they had 4 hits during the same time period. Fast forward a dozen years and Manfred Mann lead another band- Manfred Mann’s Earth Band-where they had a #1 hit in 1976 with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light.”

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