Excerpt from A Teenage Opera

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"Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'"
Single by Keith West
B-side "Theme From 'A Teenage Opera'"
by The Mark Wirtz Orchestra
Released 28 July 1967
Format 7" single
Recorded 1967
Genre Psychedelic pop
Length 4:25
Label Parlophone R 5623
Odeon O 23 597
Writer(s) Philwit/Hopkins
Producer(s) Mark Wirtz
Keith West singles chronology
Excerpt from "A Teenage Opera"

"Excerpt from 'A Teenage Opera'" (also known as "Grocer Jack") is a 1967 single by Keith West, produced by Mark Wirtz. It was a big hit in Europe, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The single was part of a bigger "A Teenage Opera" project.

According to Mark Wirtz, the song comes from a dream he had about an ageing door-to-door grocer named Jack in a small, turn of the century village, who was mocked by the children as he was taken for granted by the town folk. When Jack unexpectedly died, the town folk reacted with anger about the inconvenience of now having to be self-reliant about their staple provision, while the children were heartbroken, in truth having loved and appreciated Jack all the while.[2]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 596. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "The Story Behind "The Teenage Opera"". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2016-09-30.