Manfred Mann

Do Wah Diddy Diddy

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Manfred Mann's third U.K. (and second U.S.) single, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic in the summer of 1964 and established the band as one of the premier British Invasion acts. Formerly a minor hit for U.S. act the Exciters, it's a slightly nonsense R&B song; however, the Manfreds hot-wired the song with a clever arrangement and a rock beat. Some well-placed classical lines from Manfred Mann's organ added a touch of elegance and, juxtaposed by Mike Hugg's excellent drumming, created a unique fusion. The star of the recording, however, is vocalist Paul Jones, whose dynamic, stylish vocals put the song over the edge and gave it a special appeal. An alternate version (including a fabulous organ solo) was inadvertently released in Canada on a 1970 compilation and was subsequently included on EMI's fine The Best of Manfred Mann in 1992.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mann Made Hits 1966 Japanese Import 2:23
No Image 1979 EMI Music Distribution
The Singles Album 1987 Axis Records / EMI Music Distribution 2:23
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 2 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
British Invasion: The History of British Rock 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
EP Collection 1989 See For Miles Records 2:23
My Girl 1991
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:23
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
Great Jukebox Hits of the 60's, Vol. 3 : On the Road Again [CD] 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Spring Break [Priority] 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
The Best of British Rock [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
British Sixties 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Gold Rush 2:24
The Brill Building Sound 1993
Various Artists
Era Records 2:22
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Import
Party On 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 22:20
British Rock [Original Sound] 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:22
Ages of Mann 1995 Alex / Universal 2:25
Basic: Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:23
British Rock, Vols. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:22
The Best of the EMI Years 1996 Griffin 2:23
Manfred Mann Album/Five Faces of Manfred Mann 1996 Capitol 2:21
Party Time, Vol. 1: Ultimate Party Album 1996
Various Artists
SPG 2:18
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 1: 60s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Capitol 2:24
At Abbey Road 1997 EMI / EMI Music Distribution
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:24
The Best of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:22
The Best of Manfred Mann [CEMA Special Markets] 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:23
Classic 60's: The Beat Goes On 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:24
Party of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:22
The 60's [Original Television Soundtrack] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Mercury 2:22
The Best Party Megamix in the World Ever 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:20
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:24
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time Early 60s, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:22
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 7 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:22
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
The Best of Manfred Mann 1999 EMI Music Distribution
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:24
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 2:18
No Image 2000
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 2:23
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky 2:23
All Manner of Menn: 1963-1969 2000 Raven 2:33
No Image 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:24
The Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:24
Original Gold 2001 Disky 2:23
The Manfred Mann Album/My Little Red Book of Winners 2001 Collectables 2:23
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:23
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
Flower Power Generation: Aquarius 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:24
A Year in Your Life: 1964, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:24
American Bandstand: CD 3 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
No Image 2001
Various Artists
CSC / EMI / Capitol 2:24
The Singles 2002 BR Music 2:24
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 2:23
Pure 60's: The #1 Hits 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:20
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:23
Party Time [Disky] 2002
Various Artists
Disky / EMI Music Distribution
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:23
No Image 2003 Creature Music Ltd. 2:24
A's, B's & EP's 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:20
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 0:00
Tony Little's Fit Trax: Cardio Rock 2003 The Right Stuff 2:19
The Evolution of Manfred Mann 2003 Creature Music Ltd. / Manfred 2:24
I Love 2 Party 2004 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 2:22
Rock On 1964 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:24
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:23
British Invasion: The Essential Album 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:24
World of Mann: The Very Best of Manfred Mann & Manfred Mann's Earth Band 2006 Universal International 2:24
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:23
101 60's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Where Were You: 1964 2007
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:23
Down the Road Apiece: Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966 2007 Special Import Service / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:24
Top of the Pops 1964 2007
Various Artists
EMI 2:22
Platinum 2008 EMD Int'l 2:55
The Solid Silver 60s: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:22
Don't Worry Be Happy: 46 Feelgood Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:23
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:22
To the Best Mum in the World...Ever! 2010
Various Artists
EMI 2:22
6 X 6: Sixties: 120 Original Recordings 2011
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:24
Mad Men: A Musical Companion (1960-1965) 2011
Various Artists
Hip-O 0:00
Good Vibrations [EMI] 2011
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:22
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:22
Massive Hits! Sixties 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 2:22
No Image
Various Artists
Sire 2:22
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:29
Massive Hits!: Number 1s
Various Artists
EMI 2:23
Sounds of the Sixties: Number Ones
Various Artists
EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution 2:23
The Broons Family Album
Various Artists
EMI 2:23