Summer Holiday (song)

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"Summer Holiday"
Single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
from the album Summer Holiday
B-side "Dancing Shoes"
Released June 2 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded May 9 & November 19, 1962 Abbey Road/London
Genre Pop
Length 2:03
Label Columbia(EMI) DB 4977[1]
Writer(s) Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett[1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor[1]
Cliff Richard and The Shadows singles chronology
"The Next Time"
"Summer Holiday"
"Lucky Lips"

"Summer Holiday" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, written by rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch and drummer Brian Bennett.[1] It went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for a total of three weeks.[2] It is taken from the film of the same name,[1] and is one of Richard's best known titles. It was one of six hits Richard performed at his spontaneous gig at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships when rain stopped the tennis. It remains a staple of Richard's live show.

A cover version of the song by Kevin the Gerbil was used as the theme from TV-am's 1984 series Rat on the Road II.

The melody of the song is used in the chorus of the 1986 rap tune "Holiday Rap", by the Dutch duo MC Miker G & DJ Sven.


  1. ^ a b c d e Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 70. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 147–8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"The Wayward Wind" by Frank Ifield
UK number-one single
14 March 1963 – 21 March 1963
4 April 1963
Succeeded by
"Foot Tapper" by The Shadows