100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966. Do Wah Diddy Diddy- Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann was born Manfred Lubowitz in 1940- in Johannesburg, South Africa. Manfred Mann formed his band in England- ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ was their first hit. The original band from 1964-71 had 6 Hot 100 hits- with 4 making the Top 40. In the early 70’s came the second band- Manfred Mann’s Earth Band- which would have another #1 hit- Blinded By The Light. Do Wah Diddy Diddy was originally recorded in 1963 by The Exciters -an American female vocal group- the single flopped. At first songwriter Ellie Greenwich wasn’t happy about a male group doing the song but quickly changed her mind. When I hear the song the first thing that comes to mind – is the Bill Murray movie Stripes and its use in that film.
- Single: Do Wah Diddy Diddy- Manfred Mann
- Record Company- Ascot
- Genre: 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 in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart.