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 2 June 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 9 May & 19 November 1962, EMI Studios, 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" /
Bachelor Boy (1962)
"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 is taken from the film of the same name,[1] and was released as the second single from the film in February 1963. It went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for a total of three weeks, as had the first single from the film, "The Next Time".[2] After "Summer Holiday" had spent two weeks at number one, The Shadows' instrumental "Foot Tapper" - also from the same film - took over the top spot for one week, before "Summer Holiday" returned to the top spot for one further week.[3] The track is one of Richard's best known titles and it remains a staple of his live shows. It was one of six hits Richard performed at his spontaneous gig at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships when rain stopped the tennis.

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. 
  3. ^ "Number 1 Singles – 1960s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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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