"Doo Wah Diddy:" Two songs 😕

Indeed I am :confused:.
There’s Manfred Mann’s song with the lines:
Now we’re together nearly every single day
Singing doo wah diddy diddy dumdiddy doo

And another song out about the same time (Summer 1965, I believe):
Do wah dooh wah dooh wah diddy
Talk about the boys from New York City

Who performed the second song? And what is its right title?
Until then, I dougie_monty am :confused:.

I’m probably way off on this, but I seem to recall something a little later along the line, namely … The Manhattan Transfer singing something like …

Ooh wah, ooh wah, cool cool kitty,
Talking 'bout the kid from New York City

But perchance this was merely an homage to the song you’re talking about.

Who knows? Certainly not me.

Glad I could help.

The Ad Libs sang the original Boy From New York City.



The Manfred Mann song is “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy.”

The other is “The Boy from New York City.”

There is also an old blues tune Diddy Wah Diddy." Bo Diddley (of course) popularized it, and Leon Redbone has done a version.

The Allmusic Guide also lists:
Diddy Daddly Do
Diddy Diddy Dum Dum
Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)
Diddy for Biddy
Diddy Levine
Diddy Speaks! (Interlude)
Diddy Wa Diddy
Diddy Wah
Diddy Way Diddy

The Boy From New York City doesn’t go doo wah doo wah doo wah diddy, it goes oo-wah, oo-wah, come on kiddie(or maybe it’s “kitty”) some of the time, and other times it’s oo-wah oo-wah cool cool kiddie

I’ve always been partial to Captain Beefheart’s version.

Diddy Wah Diddy

The Ry Cooder/Fatha Hines version (on either “Paradise and Lunch” or “Chicken Skin Music,” can’t remember which) does it for me.

Lest we forget R. Crumb’s classic cover toZap #1, wherein the Lady in the Flower Pot Hat muses, “I wish somebody would tell me what ‘Diddy-Wah-Diddy’ means!” Mr. Natural’s timeless response: “If you don’t know by now, Lady, don’t mess with it!”

Of course this was after Ry Cooder had played on Captain Beefheart’s “Safe As Milk” album.

The Manfred Mann song that always gets me is ‘Pretty Flamingo’.

The opening chord sequence is distinctive but nowadays it tails off into U2’s ‘Angel of Harlem’

Thanx to all.