Bachelor Boy

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"Bachelor Boy"
Single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
A-side "The Next Time" (double A-side)[1]
Released December 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded 16 November 1962, EMI Studios, London
Genre Pop
Length 2:02
Songwriter(s) Bruce Welch, Cliff Richard[1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor[1]
Cliff Richard and The Shadows singles chronology
"It'll Be Me/Since I Lost You"
"Bachelor Boy"
"Summer Holiday"
"It'll Be Me/Since I Lost You"
"The Next Time/Bachelor Boy"
"Summer Holiday"

"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.[1] It was followed at number one by The Shadows "Dance On!".[2] The single spent three weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1963.[1]

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 prophetic".[citation needed] 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...".


  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. 68. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 145–6. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
UK number one single
"The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy"

January 3, 1963
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dance On!" by The Shadows