Manfred Mann (a band named after its keyboardist) began an impressive rock and roll career by hitting number one on the U.S. charts on this day a half-century ago with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.