Do Wah Diddy Diddy By Manfred Mann

April 8, 2015

 

Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich wrote “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” in 1963. They released the song as The Raindrops. The song did not reach the charts but the studio created Raindrops would place five songs on the Billboard Pop Charts. They even added Greenwich’s sister to the album cover so people would thing they were an actual group.

Enter South African born pianist Manfred Mann. In 1961, while living in England, he formed the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers with drummer Mike Hugg. The addition of singer Paul Jones changed them from a instrumental group to a traditional British Invasion band. Their third release “5-4-3-2-1” reached number five on the British charts and set the stage for their biggest hit.

They recorded “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” and it reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United StatesĀ on October 17, 1964, and there it remained for two weeks. It is one of those simple and catchy tunes that you like in spite of yourself.

Manfred Mann would undergo a number of changes down through the years and in 1977 would return to the top of the charts, but that’s another story.


Lady Love 45 by The Klowns

September 19, 2011

The Klowns were a six person group (4 men and 2 women) who never had a hit song, sold many albums, or were a household name. Despite all this they managed to host their own ABC Television Special during the fall of 1970.

There only chart appearance occurred during December of 1970 when their single “Lady Love” peacked at number 95 during its two week run on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

Somehow wearing clown suits while singing light pop songs during the Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Doors era didn’t work out to well.