Cliff Richard

Bachelor Boy

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Composed by Cliff Richard and Shadows bandmate Bruce Welch, the defiantly self-defining "Bachelor Boy" (Richard has never married) was one of the biggest hits to be culled from 1963's Summer Holiday movie, and that despite initially being released as the B-side to the sweetly melancholy "The Next Time." Within days of the record's release, however, DJs were playing both sides with equal alacrity and "Bachelor Boy" was promoted to double A-side status in time for the record's arrival at the top of the U.K. chart. (Alone, it reached number 99 in the U.S.)

It is ironic, then, that the jaunty "Bachelor Boy" was a very last minute addition to the movie. According to Welch, the finished film was in the last stage of its final edit when the producer realized it was a couple of minutes too short. Hastily he contacted Cliff Richard's producer, Norrie Paramor, suggesting that the easiest option would be to add another song fortuitously. Richard and Welch were themselves visiting Paramor at that same time. Within two hours, Welch recalled, they had written the song and were preparing to shoot one final sequence for seamless insertion into the film.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1963 Epic
No Image 1965 EMI-Columbia
40 Golden Greats 1979 EMI Music Distribution 2:02
Cliff in the 60's 1984 MFP
The Hit List 1995 EMI Music Distribution
At the Movies, 1959-1974 1996 EMI Music Distribution 2:01
40 Years of Hits in Holland 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:02
The Singles Collection 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:01
The Best of Cliff Richard [EMI America] 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:02
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 2:01
Best of Cliff Richard [Japan Import] 2003 Toshiba EMI 2:01
My Songs 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:02
1960s 2004 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:02
The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:01
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:02
Complete Hits 2007 EMI Music Distribution 2:01
The 50th Anniversary Album 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:01
Story 2016 ZYX / ZYX Music 2:01