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|Single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows|
|A-side||"The Next Time" (double A-side)|
|Recorded||November 16, 1962, Abbey Road, London|
|Writer(s)||Bruce Welch, Cliff Richard|
|Cliff Richard and The Shadows singles chronology|
"Bachelor Boy" (written by Bruce Welch and Cliff Richard) was a double 'A' side with "The Next Time" the first of three number one hit singles from the Cliff Richard musical Summer Holiday. It was followed at number one by the film's title track Summer Holiday and by The Shadows and their "Foot Tapper" well known nowadays as the theme tune for the BBC Radio 2 programme Sounds of the 60s.
The song was also included on the January 1963 album "Summer Holiday"
The film was the most successful box-office attraction of the year.
The song is about some advice a father passes to his son, to "remain a bachelor boy until (his) dying day". Richard later commented when he wrote this song he "never expected it to be prolific". While Richard has never married, the song itself does not rule out marriage, with the final verse stating "I'll get married, have a wife and a child... but until then I'll be a bachelor boy...".
- UK Sales: 976,000
- US Sales: 120,000
- HOL Sales: 80,000
- FRA Sales: 30,000
- In-depth Song Analysis at the Cliff Richard Song Database (cliffrichardsongs.com)
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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|UK number one single
"The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy"
January 3, 1963
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