The song “Doo Wah Diddy” was written by the dynamic husband-wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It was first recorded in 1963 by The Exciters, a vocal group from Queens, New York, and went to #78 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The British band Manfred Mann recorded it in 1964, and “Doo Wah Diddy” was an international success for them. The song rose to #1 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Sweden. It was #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and Norway, and #6 in The Netherlands. Manfred Mann released it as a single backed with “What You Gonna Do?” They also had the track on their 1964 album The Manfred Mann Album.
There have been numerous covers of the song, including versions by Sheila, Jan & Dean, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Andrew Golden, The Cars, The Fools, and Riders in the Sky to mention a few. The song was also featured in the 1982 film Stripes with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis (plus the soldiers) singing it.
Manfred Mann was formed in London, England, by keyboardist Manfred Mann (born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz in South Africa) and multi-instrumentalist Mike Hugg, who played the drums, vibes, and piano. Other members were Mike Vickers (guitar, also sax, flute), Dave Richmond (bass), and Paul Jones (lead vocalist, harmonica). They had a love of jazz, blues, and R&B, and they moved into other genres, such as rock and pop, as they became more famous.