Please Don't Tease

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"Please Don't Tease"
Single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows
B-side "Where Is My Heart?"
Released 24 June 1960
Format 7"
Recorded 25 March 1960, Abbey Road Studios, London[1]
Genre Rock 'n' Roll
Label Columbia 45-DB4479
Writer(s) Bruce Welch, Peter Chester
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard and the Shadows singles chronology
"Fall In Love With You"
"Please Don't Tease"
"Nine Times Out of Ten"

"Please Don't Tease" is a 1960 song recorded by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. Recorded in March and released as a single in June, the song became their third No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart spending three weeks at the summit.[1][2] The song was written by the Shadows' rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch together with Peter Chester.

To decide upon the release of this track as a single, Richard's record company recruited a teenage panel to listen to and vote on a selection of his unreleased tracks. "Please Don't Tease" won the vote and was duly released, "Nine Times Out of Ten" came second and was the follow-up single.[3][4][5]

The single also reached number 1 in India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Thailand. The single sold 1.59 million copies worldwide.[6]

"Please Don't Tease" was included on the EP Cliff's Silver Discs, released December 1960. Its first inclusion on an LP was Cliff's Hit Album, released July 1963.[1][5]

In 1978, Cliff re-recorded the song in a contemporary arrangement, and released it as the B-side of "Please Remember Me".

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (1960) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 1
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 2
France (SNEP)[8] 22
India (The Voice, Culcutta)[9] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 8
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[12] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 6


  1. ^ a b c Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1991). Cliff Richard The Complete Recording Sessions 1958-1990. London: Blandford. pp. 33,162,167. ISBN 0-7137-2242-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Cliff Richard" UK Singles Chart.
  3. ^ British News notes: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (4 July 1960). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 7. ISSN 00062510. 
  4. ^ British News notes: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (12 September 1960). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 6. ISSN 00062510. 
  5. ^ a b Please Don't Tease at AllMusic
  6. ^ Lewry, Peter; Goodall, Nigel (1996). The Ultimate Cliff (doc) (1996 Updated ed.). Simon and Schuster Ltd, London. p. 206. ISBN 0-684-81696-2. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book 1940–1969 (doc). Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-44439-5. 
  8. ^ "France singles positions". Dominic DURAND / Infodisc. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Please Don't Tease" is listed at number 1 for the month of September and number 5 for October.Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (31 October 1960). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 9. ISSN 00062510. 
  10. ^ The Official Charts in Ireland began on October 4, 1962. Chart positions before that are taken from the Evening Herald Chart which was a Top Ten single chart published by the Irish daily newspaper Evening Herald between February 1959 and December 1962. "Ireland singles charts". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  11. ^ " – Cliff Richard – Please Don't Tease" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Lever Hit Parade, 22 Sept 1960". Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  13. ^ " – Cliff Richard – Please Don't Tease". VG-lista.
  14. ^ Johansson, Carl-Owe (1980). Rock Around the Clock - Saturday Night Fever 1955-1978 (doc). Vara, Sweden: Dominique muzic-club. 

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Preceded by
"Good Timin'" by Jimmy Jones
"Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
UK number-one single
28 July 1960
11 August 1960
Succeeded by
"Shakin' All Over" by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
"Apache" by the Shadows