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.