Historical currents in American pop music, where nonsense syllables have always held a special place: Blind Blake, in 1929, recorded Diddie Wa Diddie
, which Ry Cooder covered
in 1974, and which Leon Redbone also covered
in 1977. Now, folks, that tune is not to be confused with Bo Diddley's 1956 recording Diddy Wah Diddy
, which a young Captain Beefheart covered
in 1966, and which was also covered
by Aussie garage rockers the Missing Links. Likewise, that
tune is not to be confused with a little ditty recorded in 1963 by the Exciters, called Do Wah Diddy Diddy
, which was covered
with great commercial success in 1964 by British band Manfred Mann.
Not that it comes as any great surprise, but it's probably worth noting, for the record, that all three of these tunes were originally recorded by African-American artists, and subsequently covered by white people.
Diddy Wah Diddy wiki page!
Do Wah Diddy Diddy Wiki page!
By the way, you can download an mp3 of Blind Blake's wonderful original here
. And there's a lot more on offer at that site, Public Domain 4U
Maestro y2karl first turned us onto Public Domain 4U in this excellent post
There are lots of other covers out there of these tunes, especially Do Wah Diddy Diddy, but it starts getting pretty grim pretty fast. Anyone who wants to subject us to execrable cover versions by the Fools, 8-Eyed Spy, the Dolly Dots, 2-Live Crew, etc. are, um... encouraged to do so. Well, not really
, but, it's an open thread and a free internet, so I can't stop ya...