Manfred Mann

By EW Staff
October 24, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Manfred Mann: Dezo Hoffmann/Rex Features/Everett Collection

Chart Flashback: How does ”Do Wah Diddy Diddy” hold up today?

Okay, so I got this Casio keyboard, right? And I turned it on, and I put my fingers on some keys, and then I moved them up and down and sound came out! And then I made up some words! And that is how I wrote this song! Oh, except I didn’t write this song! It is actually a cover! I willingly re-recorded this song! I am Manfred Mann and I am awesome!

As you can see by my dramatic re-creation of Mr. Mann’s inner monologue, I am generally underwhelmed by this tune. HOWEVER. Its Wikipedia page does contain what I believe to be the greatest sentence in the history of Wikipedia: ”The song would later achieve worldwide fame when it was performed by Jesse and the Rippers on Full House, sometimes in medley with the Beach Boys’ ‘Kokomo.”’ And so, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado: John Stamos. C+

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