|Single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows|
|A-side||"The Next Time" (double A-side)|
|Recorded||16 November 1962, EMI Studios, London|
|Songwriter(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 Shadows "Dance On!". The single spent three weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1963.
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 prophetic". 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...".
- In-depth Song Analysis at the Cliff Richard Song Database (cliffrichardsongs.com)
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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|UK number one single
"The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy"
January 3, 1963
"Dance On!" by The Shadows
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