The Next Time

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For the short story by Henry James, see The Next Time (short story).
"The Next Time"
Single by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
from the album Summer Holiday
B-side "Bachelor Boy"[1]
Released December 1962
Format 7" single
Recorded 10 May 1962, Abbey Road, London
Genre Pop
Length 2:59
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Buddy Kaye, Philip Springer[1]
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor[1]
Cliff Richard and The Shadows singles chronology
"It'll Be Me"
"The Next Time/Bachelor Boy"
"Summer Holiday"

"The Next Time" backed with "Bachelor Boy" was the first of three number one hit singles from the Cliff Richard musical, Summer Holiday.[1] Both sides were marketed as songs with chart potential, and the release is viewed retrospectively as a double A-side single. However, technically double A sides were not regarded as such until 1965, so "The Next Time" was pressed as the A-side,[2] with "Bachelor Boy" the B-side (written by Bruce Welch and Cliff Richard). The song was succeeded at number one by The Shadows' "Dance On!".[1]

The recording of the song took place at Abbey Road Studios in London on 10 May 1962. It was produced by Norrie Paramor and engineered by Malcolm Addey.[3] The single spent three weeks at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1963.[4]

The song was included on the January 1963 album Summer Holiday. The film was the most successful box-office attraction of the year.

Chart performance[edit]

Cliff Richard and The Shadows: The Next Time / Bachelor Boy
Chart (1962/63) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 1
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 3
Canada (CHUM)[8] -/2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] -/1
Hong Kong [10] 4
India [11] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[10][12] 1
Israel [13] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 1
New Zealand [10] 2[*]
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 2/8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[17] -/99


  • * ^ Not all New Zealand chart weeks were published in Billboard. This record may have charted higher.

Other versions[edit]

The singer Richard Anthony made a French version entitled "Après toi".

Hank Marvin did an instrumental version on Hank Plays Cliff (1995).


  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. ^ Porter, Robert. "Bachelor Boy: An in‐depth anaysis". Cliff Richard Song Database. Robert Porter. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Porter, Robert. "The Next Time". Cliff Richard Song Database. Robert Porter. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 145. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "Cliff Richard: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book 1940–1969 (doc). Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-44439-5. 
  7. ^ " – Cliff Richard – The Next Time / Bachelor Boy" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "CHUM Chart". 
  9. ^ "Denmark singles chart - Bachelor Boy". Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  10. ^ a b c Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (23 February 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 22–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (6 April 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 66–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  12. ^ The Official Charts in Ireland began on October 4, 1962. Chart positions before that are taken from the Evening Herald Chart which was a Top Ten single chart published by the Irish daily newspaper Evening Herald between February 1959 and December 1962. "Ireland singles charts". Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  13. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (2 March 1963). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 20–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  14. ^ " – Cliff Richard – The Next Time / Bachelor Boy" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ " – Cliff Richard – The Next Time". VG-lista.
  16. ^ Johansson, Carl-Owe (1980). Rock Around the Clock - Saturday Night Fever 1955-1978 (doc). Vara, Sweden: Dominique muzic-club. 
  17. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Cliff Richard | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
UK number-one single
3 January 1963
Succeeded by
"Dance On!" by The Shadows