Bachelor Boy

 

Cliff Richard and The Shadows - Bachelor Boy

An in-depth song analysis


  • Record Date: November 16 1962
  • Record Location: Abbey Road, London
  • Written By: Cliff Richard & Bruce Welch
  • Produced By: Norrie Paramor
  • Engineered By: Malcolm Addey
  • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, piano, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    Initially Released On: The Next Time/Bachelor Boy 7" single (1962 December — UK — Columbia 45-DB 4950)

    Comments and Observations

    The song Bachelor Boy was recorded on November 16, 1962 beginning at 7:00PM at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Shadows provided backing vocals and played all instruments, with Hank Marvin on piano. The producer was Norrie Paramor and the engineer for both the mono and stereo recordings was Malcolm Addey. Recording was completed on November 16, however the final mono and stereo single/album mixes were completed a few days later on November 19. An alternate mix for the USA market, from the original recording sessions was done on March 25, 1963

    The song required at least 11 recording takes to complete, 9 with the full band and two additional vocals takes. Subsequent take numbers were given to new mixes of those recordings. The final single/album release was an edit of vocals takes 10 and 11 with backing from Take 9, and the alternate USA mix was Take 12 (although it was derived from the original Take 9). There has been quite a bit of confusion over the years about the releases and takes used for the song, with varying takes being released. Given information provided by Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall in several of their Cliff related books, as well as audible evidence from the vinyl releases, it is thought that this is finally sorted out. Here is a chart that displays the sequence of events that created the released versions of Bachelor Boy.

    Seq.
    Date
    Take
    Comments
    Release(s)
    1 November 16, 1962 Take 9 Drums, bass, piano, guitar recorded on one track and Cliff's vocals concurrently recorded on another track of the 4-track tape  
    2 November 16, 1962 Take 9 Lead guitar recorded on one track of the 4-track tape  
    3 November 16, 1962 Take 9 Backing vocals recorded on one track of the 4-track tape  
    4 November 16, 1962 N/A A decision is made that Cliff's vocals are unsatisfactory  
    5 November 16, 1962 Take 10 A new lead vocal recording is recorded.  
    6 November 16, 1962 Take 11 Another new lead vocal recording is recorded.  
          Work done on November 16, 1962 is stopped  
    7 November 19, 1962 Take 10/11 The rhythm, lead guitar and backing vocals of Take 9 are mixed to one track of a 2-track tape and Cliff's vocals from Takes 10 and 11 are spliced together (one take is the beginning to the third verse and the other take is the third verse to the end) on the other track of the 2-track tape. This is mixed together to become split stereo Take 10/11. This is now the original stereo master
    8 November 19, 1962 Take 10/11 The Take 10/11 stereo is reduced to mono This is now the original mono master
          Work done on November 19, 1962 is stopped  
    9 March 25 1963 Take 12 All tracks from the Take 9 4-track are mixed to stereo for the USA market with Cliff's original Take 9 vocals brought to the center. This is probably done because the split stereo was unacceptable for the USA market and the best full stereo recording available was Take 9. This is now the USA stereo master
    10 Between March 25 1963 and September 1963 Take 12 Take 12 stereo is reduced to mono This is now the USA mono master
          Takes 10/11 stereo, 10/11 mono, 12 stereo and 12 mono are used on various releases up until the 1994 The Hit List collection  
    11 1993 -OR- 1994 Take 12 (Remaster) Keith Bessey uses the Take 12 stereo mix to create a new mono master This is now the The Hit List mono master
          The Take 12 mono remaster has been used on all collections since 1994  

    Although the arrangements are basically the same on all versions, it's clear that the Take 10/11 version and Take 12 version are the same backing track on both versions and the lead vocals are completely different. The lead vocals are remarkably similar with only very slight variations up until the third verse (beginning "As time goes by...") where the vocal splice occurs. A sample of this splice transition can be heard HERE with the first sample being the original recording (what eventually saw release as Take 12) and the second sample is the edited recording (which saw release as Take 10/11). Those with really sharp ears can hear a clipped sound on the Take 10/11, possibly Cliff's vocals from the original recording, just as Cliff sings the "as" in "as time goes by"). A much more overt sample showing the difference is at the beginning of the fourth and final chorus. On the original recording (what became Take 12), Cliff sings the first line as "Yeah, I'll be a bachelor boy". On the newer recording (used for Take 10/11), he sings it as "But until then I'll be a bachelor boy". A sample demonstrating this can be heard HERE. As a final note, it may be a bit confusing to call the earlier recording "Take 12" and the later recording "Take 10/11". It seems backwards, but this is the way engineers at the time did things, thus the Take 12 version is taken from an earlier recording and was given a new take number, even though it was only a new mix.

    Bachelor Boy was recorded late in the sessions for the Summer Holiday soundtrack. The film was mostly completed and the producers realized that their final edit of the film was running short. They thought that perhaps a couple of additional songs could be added to build to the movie's running time so they called Norrie Paramor. As it turns out, both Cliff and Bruce Welch were present during the phone call and they immediately agreed to record new songs for the film. These songs, written very quickly, were Big News and Bachelor Boy. With only about two months until the film's release, they were written (both with Cliff as co-writer) and recorded very quickly at Abbey Road. Shortly after, the song was recorded again in Elstree studios and Cliff and the Shadows filmed the movie's scenes for the song. The liner notes by Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall in the 2003 special edition CD of Summer Holiday implies that the song was recorded first at Elstree, then later the single/album version at Abbey Road, but this is incorrect. Evidence for this being that certainly the studio would not approve the money for filming an unknown and unproven song, but also the song was obviously in the formation stages while being recorded at Abbey Road and by the time they got to Elstree to record, they had polished up the song to its final format.

    This structure and melody of the song are a bit unusual for such a hit song. The beat and melody are a simple waltz, with its usual 1-2-3 structure. Unlike most pop songs of the era, it's also completely missing any sort of instrumental or vocal bridge. There's certainly nothing wrong with the song, but its structure is unusual for the era, given that it was such a big success.

    The chord structure is simple, the song proper being in D major and using only the three most common chords - D, G and A. The verse is rigidly structured, twice through an eight bar phrase: two bars of D, then two of G, two of A then two of D. Likewise the melody contains little that is unique: each chord change is accompanied by an on-beat tone contained in the chord. The melody is strictly diatonic (i.e. all notes are natural to the D major scale) and the range encompasses exactly one octave (from D below middle C to middle D).

    Virtually all the above holds for the chorus: same chord sequence and pattern, and (different) diatonic melody encompassing the same octave. The one exception is that the last bar is omitted. The most interesting part of the song from a musicological point of view is the introduction/link/coda. The introduction consists of an irregular nine bar phrase, the first and fifth of which revolve around a mixolydian C major chord that introduces the only non-diatonic element in the recording. Each bar of C is followed by three bars of D, which primes the listener to expect a perfect cadence in G major. Instead, on the second time through an additional bar of D is accompanied by a diatonic, on-the-beat run from A (through B an C#) that subverts the expectation of resolution to the G chord and resolves instead to the tonic (D). This theme is repeated in compressed form (without the diatonic run) as a 3 bar interlude of C, D and C prior to the second and third verses, and modified as the coda, which comprises a 6 bar alternation of D and C prior to the concluding D chord.

    Originally recorded for the Summer Holiday soundtrack (Columbia 33SX 1472 (Mono) / SCX 3462 (Stereo)) released in January 1963, the initial December 1962 release was a little over a month prior on the The Next Time single (Columbia DB 4950 (Mono)). There was no stereo issue of the The Next Time/Bachelor Boy single. The original single is a double A-side, meaning that both sides are considered hit songs and are marketed as such. However in reality, the records are pressed with an A and B side no matter how they are marketed and The Next Time is the actual A-side of the UK single.

    Bachelor Boy, paired with The Next Time, entered the UK Record Retailer Top 30 chart on December 6, 1962, reached #1 for three consecutive weeks from January 3 to 17, 1963 and spent a total of 18 weeks in the chart. It's Cliff's sixth Record Retailer chart #1. On the UK New Musical Express Top 30 chart, where The Next Time was tracked separately, it entered on December 5, 1962, reached #3 for two consecutive weeks from January 16 and 23, 1963 and spent a total of 15 weeks in the chart.

    Also of interest is that Cliff co-wrote the song with Shadow Bruce Welch. Cliff's primary involvement was in writing most of the lyrics, with Bruce handling the music (and at least the "a wife and a child and they'll be my turtle dove" lyric). Cliff didn't write many of his own songs and of those he did, very few were hits. So for Bachelor Boy to be such a massive chart success and a song written by Cliff is a bit unusual. Certainly, given the conditions and time constraints under which the song was created for the Summer Holiday film, it was probably simple luck that Cliff be involved in the process. He and Bruce were present when the song was requested by Elstree Studios so they immediately set to work on a song.

    A note about the lyrics... It appears that on the original recordings, Cliff is singing the choruses as "I'll be your bachelor boy", but on the film version and all subsequent live versions he sings them as "I'll be a bachelor boy". Is this the case or not? Given the context of the song, that a son is singing to his father, it would make sense that he heeds his father's advice and says "I'll be your bachelor boy." Either lyric makes sense. So did Cliff slightly alter these lyrics after the original recording? Or is this simply Cliff's British accent creeping into the song, where he adds the "r" sound at the end of a word that ends in an "ah" sound (such as "Donna" becoming "Donner" and "Maria" becoming "Mari-er")? This remains unclear, but it's probably a safe bet that it's simply Cliff's British accent showing through. One sample to demonstrate this, taken from the second chorus, is from the alternate early take, Take 10/11, the film version and a live performance from 1974. It can be heard HERE. Another sample, which can be heard HERE, is from the alternate early take, Take 12, Take 10/11, the film version and a live performance from 1974.

    Cliff performed the songs many times over the years and released nearly a dozen live versions on various releases. He would record a whole new studio recording with The Shadows in 2009 for the 50th anniversary album, Reunited. The line-up of The Shadows was mostly the same, featuring Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin and Brian Bennett. Whereas Shadow Brian Locking featured on bass guitar on the original 1962 recording, the 2009 re-recording featured non-Shadow Mark Griffiths on bass guitar instead. Mark Griffiths is best known as the bass player from Cliff's stage band at the time. This new recording is the exact same arrangement as the original Take 12 recording, including the changed "Yeah" lyric in the fourth chorus.

    Structure and Lyrics

    Below is the structure of the fullest, most complete version of the originally released song as available on the standard issues of the original Summer Holiday album.

    Cliff Richard and The Shadows (1963)
    Cliff Richard and The Shadows (2009)
    -Piano Intro
    -Verse 1
       When I was young my father said
       Son I have something to say
       And what he told me I'll never forget
       Until my dying day

    -Chorus 1
       He said son you are a bachelor boy
       And that's the way to stay
       Son you'll be a bachelor boy
       Until your dying day

    -Verse 2
       When I was sixteen I fell in love
       With a girl as sweet as can be
       But I remembered just in time
       What my daddy said to me

    -Chorus 2
       He said son you are a bachelor boy
       And that's the way to stay
       Son you'll be a bachelor boy
       Until your dying day

    -Verse 3
       As time goes by I probably will
       Meet a girl and fall in love
       Then I'll get married have a wife and a child
       And they'll be my turtle doves

    -Chorus 3
       But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
       And that's the way I'll stay
       Happy to be a bachelor boy
       Until my dying day

    -Chorus 4
       But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
       And that's the way I'll stay
       Happy to be a bachelor boy
       Until my dying day

    -Piano Intro
    -Verse 1
       When I was young my father said
       Son I have something to say
       And what he told me I'll never forget
       Until my dying day

    -Chorus 1
       He said son you are a bachelor boy
       And that's the way to stay
       Son you'll be a bachelor boy
       Until your dying day

    -Verse 2
       When I was sixteen I fell in love
       With a girl as sweet as can be
       But I remembered just in time
       What my daddy said to me

    -Chorus 2
       He said son you are a bachelor boy
       And that's the way to stay
       Son you'll be a bachelor boy
       Until your dying day

    -Verse 3
       As time goes by I probably will
       Meet a girl and fall in love
       Then I'll get married have a wife and a child
       And they'll be my turtle doves

    -Chorus 3
       But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
       And that's the way I'll stay
       Happy to be a bachelor boy
       Until my dying day

    -Chorus 4
       Yeah, I'll be a bachelor boy
       And that's the way I'll stay
       Happy to be a bachelor boy
       Until my dying day

    Variations

    Not counting the mono/stereo variations and remixes, there are four studio takes of Bachelor Boy released over the years. These include Take 12 (which is actually a remixed Take 9), an edit of Takes 10 and 11, an unknown early take with a false start, and the take used for the Summer Holiday film. All versions are arranged the same, but there are some slight variations in lyrics and delivery.

    The Take 10/11 version uses Take 11 up until the third verse, where the rest of the track is a tape splice from Take 10. At this edit, at about the [1:08] mark, can be heard a quick clip of Cliff starting a vocal before it is cut off. The most notable difference in the rest of the track is the first line of the fourth chorus. On Take 12, Cliff shouts "Yeah" and sings the rest of the line. On Take 10/11, he drops the "Yeah" and sings it straight as "But until then". The unknown early take with a false start shows Cliff experimenting with different lyrical delivery as he seems to flub a few lines and sings somewhat lazily. It is also completely missing the backing vocals and Hank's lead guitar. The movie version was likely recorded in Elstree Studios some time after the filming of Summer Holiday and is mostly the same arrangement as the Take 10/11 version. The song had to be re-recorded for the film as the music unions at the time forbid the use of studio recorded music from being used in a film. All of Cliff's film music pre-Wonderful Life is this way.

    Song Section Lyric/Part Bachelor Boy (Take 10/11) Bachelor Boy (Take 12) Bachelor Boy (Alternate Take With False Start) Bachelor Boy (Movie Version) * Bachelor Boy (2009 Re-Recording)
    Studio Banter and False Start Studio Banter and False Start
    -
    -
    YES
    -
    *
    -
    Piano Intro Piano Intro
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Verse 1 When I was young my father said
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Son I have something to say
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    And what he told me I'll never forget
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Until my dying day
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Chorus 1 He said son you are a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the line is flubbed a bit
    YES
    *
    YES
    And that's the way to stay
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to That's the way to stay
    YES
    *
    YES
    Son you'll be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Until your dying day
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Verse 2 When I was sixteen I fell in love
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    With a girl as sweet as can be
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    But I remembered just in time
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyrics are almost shouted
    YES
    *
    YES
    What my daddy said to me
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Chorus 2 He said son you are a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    And that's the way to stay
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Son you'll be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Until your dying day
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Verse 3 As time goes by I probably will
    YES, but note that the Take 10 edit begins here
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Meet a girl and fall in love
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Then I'll get married have a wife and a child
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to And we'll get married have a wife and a child
    YES
    *
    YES
    And they'll be my turtle doves
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to And they'll be my turtle dove
    YES, but the lyric changed to And she'll be my turtle dove
    YES, but the lyric changed to And they'll be my turtle dove
    *
    YES
    Chorus 3 But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    And that's the way I'll stay
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to Until my dying day
    YES
    *
    YES
    Happy to be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Until my dying day
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to That's what my daddy did say
    YES
    *
    YES
    Chorus 4 But until then I'll be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to Yeah, I'll be a bachelor boy
    YES, but the lyric changed to Yeah, I'm gonna be a bachelor boy
    YES
    *
    YES, but the lyric changed to Yeah, I'm gonna be a bachelor boy
    And that's the way I'll stay
    YES
    YES
    YES, but the lyric changed to Until my dying day
    YES
    *
    YES
    Happy to be a bachelor boy
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES
    Until my dying day
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    *
    YES

    Counting the mono/stereo variations and remixes, there are even more variations. The original 1963 releases of Bachelor Boy used Take 10/11 and it was released in both mono and stereo. The stereo version was a split stereo version which has Cliff and the backing vocals hard right, and everything else on the left. Nothing in the center! Indeed, some sources say that the release of split stereo mixes was never supposed to happen. These are just working mixes, to be mixed later to mono or a proper stereo mix. However, probably owing to the after-the-fact recording of the songs, both Big News and the Take 10/11 version of Bachelor Boy were never mixed to true stereo and the split stereos were released as is. When the album was released in the USA in October 1963 under the slightly retitled Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday (with a different track listing than the UK album), the Take 10/11 edit was not used. It is thought that because of the greater prevalence of stereo in the US market, and the fact that the US market was not appreciative of split stereo mixes, that the split stereo of Take 10/11 was unacceptable. Instead, a new mix, called Take 12, was remixed from the 4 track tape. The rhythm track is still panned hard (right), but Cliff's vocal is now in the center, disentangled from the backing vocals (which are hard left, along with the lead guitar). It should be noted that although this Take 12 version was mixed for the USA market, it did not first appear on the USA Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday LP in October 1963 but the June 1963 release of the UK stereo EP entitled Hits From Summer Holiday. While the UK stereo EP used the Take 12 version, the UK mono EP of the same title used the Take 10/11 version. The USA LP used the Take 12 version for both the stereo and mono releases. For whatever the reasons the Take 12 was used, it started a long chain of variable releases and confusion over the song. This USA mixed Take 12 was also used on the 1965 UK album More Hits, the 1977 LP of the 40 Golden Greats album and several other compilations. Then for a few years the original Take 10/11 version was used again, as on the 1989 CD issue of the 40 Golden Greats album. Then when Keith Bessey did work on Cliff's catalog for the 1994 The Hit List compilation, he apparently took the USA remixed mono Take 12 and remastered it. It is this version that has appeared on all compilations and Summer Holiday releases since. As a result, the split stereo Take 10/11 mix is rare, but the true stereo mix of the Take 12 mix-- the version one that resulted because the split stereo version was unacceptable-- is now extremely rare and has never been issued on CD.

    Here is a chart that shows the variations of the 1962 recording in chronological order of release. All are UK issues unless otherwise noted.

    Year/Month Format Title Mono/Stereo Take
    1962 November Single The Next Time (Mono issue) Mono Take 10/11
    1963 January LP album Summer Holiday (Mono issue) Mono Take 10/11
    1963 January LP album Summer Holiday (Stereo issue) Stereo Take 10/11
    1963 January Summer Holiday Film Summer Holiday Film Mono Film Take
    1963 June EP Hits From Summer Holiday (Mono issue) Mono Take 10/11
    1963 June EP Hits From Summer Holiday (Stereo issue) Stereo Take 12
    1963 October LP album Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday (Mono USA issue) Mono Take 12
    1963 October LP album Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday (Stereo USA issue) Stereo Take 12
    1965 July LP album More Hits - By Cliff (Mono issue) Mono Take 12
    1965 July LP album More Hits - By Cliff (Stereo issue) Stereo Take 12
    1977 October LP album 40 Golden Greats Stereo Take 12
    1983 April LP album Summer Holiday (EMI reissue) Stereo Take 10/11
    1984 May LP album Cliff In The 60's Stereo Take 12
    1988 April LP album Summer Holiday (MFP reissue) Stereo Take 10/11
    1988 April CD album Summer Holiday (MFP reissue) Stereo Take 10/11
    1989 June CD album 40 Golden Greats Stereo Take 10/11
    1994 October CD album The Hit List Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    1996 July CD album Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974 Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2000 October CD album The Whole Story - His Greatest Hits Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2002 August CD album The Singles Collection Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2003 CD album Summer Holiday: Special Edition CD Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2003 January CD album Summer Holiday: Special Edition CD Mono Alternate Take (with false start)
    2003 August CD album My Songs Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2005 November CD album Platinum Collection Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2006 April CD album The Collection Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2008 September CD album ...And They Said It Wouldn't Last! {My 50 Years In Music} Mono Take 12 (Remaster)
    2008 November CD album 50th Anniversary Album Mono Take 12 (Remaster)

    Also of interest are some alternate mixes that have appeared worldwide. The 1978 Australian LP, 20 Golden Greats has another remaster of the stereo Take 12 USA mix, providing a very pronounced (although not complete) separation between tracks: Bass, drums, piano and acoustic guitar are right, Cliff's vocal is center and backing vocals and lead guitar appear on the left. The 1983 Australian 25 Years Of Gold LP has yet another remaster of the stereo Take 12 USA mix, so that it sounds much more modern, adding lots of top end and narrowing the stereo image somewhat.

    Of course, the 2009 re-recording is a whole new recording and only that one version exists of that recording.

    Music Chart

    These are the known statistics for the various country's music charts. If you can fill in the missing information or know of charting information in other countries, please let me know at the email address listed at the bottom of this page.

    Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18
    UK Record Retailer Top 50 Chart Entry Date: December 6, 1962
    Paired on this chart with The Next Time
    18
    5
    2
    2
    1
    (January 3, 1963)
    1
    (January 10, 1963)
    1
    (January 17, 1963)
    2
    2
    2
    5
    9
    16
    19
    25
    35
    44
    41
    UK New Musical Express Top 30 Chart Entry Date: December 5, 1962
    13
    13
    13
    9
    5
    4
    3
    (January 16, 1963)
    3
    (January 23, 1963)
    4
    6
    9
    16
    22
    23
    26
    USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart Entry Date: August 1, 1964
    Only one week on chart
    99
    (August 1, 1964)
    Australia Chart Entry Date: January 26, 1963
    34
    ?
    Canada CHUM Chart Entry Date: April 1, 1963
    41
    18
    11
    6
    2
    (April 29, 1963)
    3
    2
    (May 13, 1963)
    Cliff was held off from taking the #1 spot with this song by his own Summer Holiday single which was at #1 itself.
    3
    4
    7
    11
    13
    16
    43
    Norway Top 10 Chart Entry Date: January 28, 1963
    8
    (January 28, 1963)
    10

    Releases

    Here are all the known UK releases of the song:

    Bachelor Boy (Standard Release)
    • Running Time: 2:02
    • Released On:
      • The Next Time/Bachelor Boy 7" single (1962 November 30 — UK — Columbia 45-DB 4950) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday LP album (1963 January 18 — UK — Columbia 33SX 1472) [mono]
      • Hits From Summer Holiday EP (1963 June — UK — Columbia SEG 8250) [mono]
      • Cliff 7" singles box set (1982 — UK — EMI CRBOX ONLY 1) [mono]
      • The Next Time/Bachelor Boy 7" single (1982 — UK — EMI DB 4950) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday LP album (1963 January 18 — UK — Columbia SCX 3462) [split stereo]
      • Summer Holiday LP album (1983 April 11 — UK — EMI EMS 1009) [split stereo]
      • Summer Holiday LP album (1988 April — UK — Music For Pleasure MFP 5824) [split stereo]
      • Summer Holiday CD album (1988 April — UK — Music For Pleasure MFP 6021) [split stereo]
      • 40 Golden Greats CD album (1989 June 12 — UK — EMI CDS 7924252) [split stereo]
      • Do You Want To Dance With Cliff Richard CD album (2000 June — France — Magic Records 5270942) [split stereo]

    • Cover Versions:
      • The Toy Dolls on their One More Megabyte album (with altered lyrics) (1997)
      • Darren Day on his Summer Holiday single (2004)

    • Used in the Film or TV Program: Summer Holiday (1963)

    Bachelor Boy (USA Remix Version)

    • Running Time: 2:02
    • Released On:
      • More Hits - By Cliff LP album (1965 July — UK — Columbia 33SX 1737) [mono]
      • The Hit List CD album (1994 October 3 — UK — EMI 7243 8 30917 2 0) [mono]
      • Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974 CD album (1996 July 29 — UK — EMI 7243 8 52790 2 7) [mono]
      • 1960s CD album (1998 October 12 — UK — EMI 7243 4 97133 2 1) [mono]
      • 1960s 1970s 1980s CD album (1998 October — UK — EMI 7243 4 98264 2 7) [mono]
      • The Whole Story - His Greatest Hits CD album (2000 October 9 — UK — EMI 7243 5 29322 2 1) [mono]
      • The Singles Collection CD album (2002 August 12 — UK — EMI 7243 5 37551 2 6) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday CD album with 7" presentation (2003 January 20 — UK — EMI 543 9992) [mono]
      • My Songs CD album (2003 August 18 — UK — EMI 7243 5 90965 2 0) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday CD album (2003 September 15 — UK — EMI 543995 2) [mono]
      • Platinum Collection CD album (2005 November 14 — UK — EMI 0946 3 33803 2 5) [mono]
      • The Collection CD album (2006 April — UK — Marks & Spencer MS2037) [mono]
      • ...And They Said It Wouldn't Last! {My 50 Years In Music} CD album box set (2008 September 15 — UK — EMI 5099921659225)
        [The Hits: Number Ones Around The World CD (EMI 5099921659720)] [mono]
      • 50th Anniversary Album CD album (2008 November 3 — UK — EMI 50999 2 42389 2 2) [mono]
      • Hits From Summer Holiday EP (1963 June — UK — Columbia ESG 7896) [stereo]
      • More Hits - By Cliff LP album (1965 July — UK — Columbia SCX 3555) [stereo]
      • The Cliff Richard Story LP album (1974 February — UK — World Records SM 255/256/257/258/259/260) [stereo]
      • 40 Golden Greats LP album (1977 October — UK — EMI EMTVS 6) [stereo]
      • Cliff In The 60's LP album (1984 May — UK — Music For Pleasure MFP 41 5656 1) [stereo]
      • From The Heart LP album (1985 September — UK — Tellydisc TELLY 28) [stereo]

    Bachelor Boy (Alternate Take With False Start)

    • Running Time: 2:36
    • Released On:
      • Summer Holiday CD album with 7" presentation (2003 January 20 — UK — EMI 543 9992) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday CD album (2003 September 15 — UK — EMI 543995 2) [mono]

    Bachelor Boy (Movie Version)

    • Running Time: 1:58
    • Record Date: 1962
    • Record Location: Elstree Studios
    • Produced By: Norrie Paramor
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals, piano), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On:
      • Summer Holiday VHS videotape (1983 — UK — Thorn EMI TVJ 90 2205 2) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday VHS videotape (1988 — UK — Warner Home Video PES 38073) [mono]
      • The Young Ones/Summer Holiday VHS videotape (1993 — UK — Warner Home Video S038696) [mono]
      • Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974 CD album (1996 July 29 — UK — EMI 7243 8 52790 2 7) [mono]
      • The Cliff Richard DVD Collection DVD (2002 August 5 — UK — Warner Home Video D 038471) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday CD album with 7" presentation (2003 January 20 — UK — EMI 543 9992) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday CD album (2003 September 15 — UK — EMI 543995 2) [mono]
      • Sing-A-Long Collection DVD (2006 October 30 — UK — Optimum Classic OPTD 0623) [mono]
      • Summer Holiday DVD (2007 February 26 — UK — Optimum Classic OPTD 0624) [mono]

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased December 25 1962 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: December 25 1962 (broadcast date)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: Unreleased

    Bachelor Boy (The Ed Sullivan Show - April 14 1963)

    • Running Time: 1:53
    • Record Date: April 14 1963
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), Brian Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: The Hit List VHS videotape (1994 October 3 — UK — PMI 7243 4913453 9)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased April 28 1963 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: April 28 1963 (broadcast date)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), Brian Locking (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), other artists and instruments unknown

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased May 8 1964 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: 2:26
    • Record Date: May 8 1964
    • Record Location: Liθge, Belgium
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), John Rostill (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased September 29 1965 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: 2:03
    • Record Date: September 29 1965 (broadcast date)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), John Rostill (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased April 5 1966 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: 2:25
    • Record Date: April 5 1966 (broadcast date)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), John Rostill (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - October 18 1967)

    • Running Time: 2:05
    • Record Date: October 18 1967
    • Record Location: Shibuya Public Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    • Produced By: Norrie Paramor
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), The Norrie Paramor Orchestra (orchestra and all other instruments)

    • Released On:
      • Cliff In Japan LP album (1968 January — Japan — Odeon OP 9701) [stereo]
      • Cliff In Japan CD album (2007 March 12 — UK — EMI 0946 3 81962 2 8) [stereo]

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased June 11 1968 TV Performance)

    • Running Time: 0:59
    • Record Date: June 11 1968 (broadcast date)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), John Rostill (bass), Brian Bennett (drums)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)S Cliff Richard Go Where I Send Thee (Unreleased June 11 1968 TV Performance)

    Shadows Medley: The Young Ones/Living Doll/In The Country/Bachelor Boy (Korea - October 1969)

    • Running Time: 7:57
    • Record Date: October 16, 1969
    • Record Location: Citizen Hall, Seoul, Korea
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Brian Bennett (drums), John Rostill (guitar), Alan Hawkshaw (keyboards), Unknown 7 Korean men (brass)

    • Released On: Cliff Live In Korea LP album (1970 March — Korea — Universal K-APPLE 7117) [mono]

    Hits Medley: Dancing Shoes/Bachelor Boy/Living Doll/Do You Wanna Dance (It's Cliff Richard - March 28 1970)

    Bachelor Boy (Cliff Pε Skansen - July 1970)

    • Running Time: 2:27
    • Record Date: July 1970 (performed); April 11 1971 (broadcast)
    • Record Location: Skansen, Sweden
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Norrie Paramor (orchestra conductor), The Breakaways (backing vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), other artists and instruments unknown

    • Released On: Unreleased (Cliff Pε Skansen TV show performance) (bootlegged)S Cliff Richard When I'm Sixty-Four (Cliff Pε Skansen - July 1970)

    Bachelor Boy (It's Cliff Richard - February 5 1972)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: February 5 or 12 1972
    • Record Location: BBC Studios, London
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), other artists and instruments unknown

    • Released On: Unreleased (It's Cliff Richard TV show performance)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - September 1972)

    • Running Time: 1:53
    • Record Date: September 22/23 1972
    • Record Location: Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo Japan
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), John Farrar (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), Alan Hawkshaw (piano), Olivia Newton-John (backing vocals), Pat Carroll (backing vocals), Trevor Spencer (percussion), Alan Tarney (bass)

    • Released On:
      • Cliff "Live" In Japan '72 LP album (1973 February — Japan — Odeon EOP-93077B)
      • Cliff Goes East LP album (1973 — Singapore — EMI/Columbia S-LEAC-1041/2)
      • Cliff Richard Live LP album (1976 — UK — Music For Pleasure MFP 50307)
      • ...And They Said It Wouldn't Last! {My 50 Years In Music} CD album box set (2008 September 15 — UK — EMI 5099921659225)
        [Cliff "Live" In Japan '72 CD (EMI 5099921659928)]
      • Cliff "Live" In Japan '72 CD album (2010 April 12 — UK — EMI 5099921659928)

    Bachelor Boy (It's Cliff Richard - August 24 1974)

    • Running Time: 0:50 (approximate)
    • Record Date: August 24 1974 (broadcast)
    • Record Location: Unknown
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Alyn Ainsworth and His Orchestra (orchestra), other artists and instruments unknown

    • Released On: Unreleased (It's Cliff Richard TV show performance) (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - October 1974)

    • Running Time: 2:16
    • Record Date: October 7 & 8 1974
    • Record Location: Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Tokyo, Japan
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Brian Lewis (guitar, backing vocals), Kevin Peek (classical guitar), Alan Tarney (bass, backing vocals), Trevor Spencer (drums), Cliff Hall (piano), Bruce Welch (guitar, vocals), Barrie Guard (piano, orchestra conductor), The Barrie Guard Orchestra/Shambles Symphonet (orchestra)

    • Released On:
      • Japan Tour '74 LP album (1975 July 5 — Japan — EMI EMS-67037 38)
      • Japan Tour '74 CD album (2009 April 6 — UK — EMI 5099926843728)

    Bachelor Boy (London Palladium - March 4 1978)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: March 4 1978
    • Record Location: London Palladium, London
    • Produced By: Bruce Welch
    • Engineered By: Tony Clark
    • Remixed by: Peter Vince
    • Remix Location: Abbey Road, London
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals, guitar), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), Alan Jones (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), Cliff Hall (keyboards)

    • Released On: Unreleased

    Bachelor Boy (NEC Birmingham - July 1984)

    • Running Time: 2:12
    • Record Date: July 1984
    • Record Location: NEC Birmingham
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Colin Norfield, John James, Brian Hatt, Leslie (Fred) Officier (assisting), Dave Hodgkinson (assisting)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bennett (drums), other artists and instruments unknown

    • Released On:
      • Together - Cliff Richard & The Shadows 1984 VHS videotape (1984 — UK — Picture Music MVP 99 1008 2)
      • Together - Cliff Richard & The Shadows 1984 VHS videotape (1993 October 11 — UK — PMI MC 2124)

    Bachelor Boy (Sydney, Australia - November 1984)

    • Running Time: 2:06
    • Record Date: November 9 or 10, 1984
    • Record Location: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Graham Jarvis (drums), Alan Park (keyboards), Dave Cooke (keyboards), John Clark (guitar), Mart Jenner (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass), Tony Rivers (backing vocals), John Perry (backing vocals), Stuart Calver (backing vocals)

    • Released On:
      • Rock In Australia VHS videotape (1985 — UK — PMI MVN 99 1130 2)
      • Rock In Australia VHS videotape (1991 — UK — 2 Entertain Video MC2056)

    Bachelor Boy (Wembley Stadium, London - June 16 & 17 1989)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: June 16 & 17 1989
    • Record Location: Wembley Stadium, London
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Keith Bessey & Mick McKenna
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar), Bruce Welch (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), Cliff Hall (keyboards), Ray Beavis (saxophone)

    • Released On: Unreleased

    Bachelor Boy (Knebworth - June 30 1990)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: June 30 1990
    • Record Location: Knebworth, England
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Mark Griffiths (bass), Brian Bennett (drums), Cliff Hall (keyboards), Paul Moessl (keyboards), Ray Beavis (brass), Dick Hanson (brass), Chris Gower (brass), John Earle (brass), Mick Mullins (backing vocals), Pete Howarth (backing vocals), Keith Murrell (backing vocals)

    • Released On: Unreleased

    Bachelor Boy (Lech, Austria - 1993)

    • Running Time: 0:28
    • Record Date: 1993
    • Record Location: Lech, Austria
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals, guitar), Unknown (guitar, backing vocals)

    • Released On: The Story So Far VHS videotape (1993 November 15 — UK — PMI MVD 4911883)

    Bachelor Boy (Sheffield Arena - December 15 1994)

    • Running Time: 2:17
    • Record Date: December 15 1994
    • Record Location: Sheffield Arena
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Colin Norfield (sound engineer), John James (monitor engineer)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Paul Moessl (keyboards), Bob Noble (keyboards), John Clark (guitar), Steve Stroud (bass), Pete May (drums), Keith Murrell (backing vocals), Pete Howarth (backing vocals), Pete Lincoln (backing vocals)

    • Released On: The Hit List Live VHS videotape (1995 October 16 — UK — PMI MVD 4914673)

    Bachelor Boy (Wimbledon - July 3 1996)

    • Running Time: 2:07
    • Record Date: July 3 1996
    • Record Location: Wimbledon
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals)

    • Released On:
      • Be With Me Always CD single (1997 January 13 — UK — EMI 7243 8 83472 2 8)
      • Unforgettable VHS videotape (2001 November 12 — UK — VCI VC6875)
      • Unforgettable DVD (2001 November 12 — UK — VCI VCD0187)

    Bachelor Boy (An Audience With Cliff Richard - November 13, 1999)

    • Running Time: 1:11
    • Record Date: November 13, 1999
    • Record Location: ITV studio, London
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Audience (backing vocals)

    • Released On:
      • An Audience With Cliff Richard VHS videotape (2000 March 20 — UK — VCI GV0194)
      • An Audience With Cliff Richard DVD (2005 November 14 — UK — Network 7952365)

    Bachelor Boy (Live And Kicking Tour - April/May 2004)

    • Running Time: Unknown
    • Record Date: April 4 to 24 2004
    • Record Location: Royal Albert Hall, London
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Keith Bessey (recording engineer), Mike Warren (sound engineer), John James (monitor engineer)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Alan Park (keyboards), Keith Hayman (keyboards), Mick Mullins (backing vocals), Peter Howarth (backing vocals, guitar), Keith Murrell (backing vocals), Peter May (drums), John Clark (guitar), Steve Stroud (bass), Mike Haughton (brassy instruments)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy (Leeds Castle - July 25 2004)

    • Running Time: 3:06
    • Record Date: July 25, 2004
    • Record Location: Leeds Castle, Kent
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Keith Bessey (recording engineer), Mike Warren (sound engineer), John James (monitor engineer)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals, guitar), Alan Park (keyboards), Keith Hayman (keyboards), Peter May (drums), John Clark (guitar), Steve Stroud (bass)

    • Released On:
      • Cliff Richard Live - Castles In The Air VHS videotape (2004 October 11 — UK — Universal 8230575)
      • Cliff Richard Live - Castles In The Air DVD (2004 October 11 — UK — Universal 8230576)
      • Cliff Richard Live 2004-2006 DVD box set (2007 November 26 — UK — Universal 8253049)

    Bachelor Boy (Albufeira Rehearsal - August 2004)

    • Running Time: 0:33
    • Record Date: August, 2004
    • Record Location: Albufeira, Portugal (in Cliff's Portugal home)
    • Produced By: No One
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals, guitar), Mick Mullins (backing vocals), Peter Howarth (backing vocals), Keith Murrell (backing vocals), Peter May (hand claps)

    • Released On:
      • On The Beach VHS videotape (2005 March 21 — UK — DD Home Entertainment DD 21479)
      • On The Beach DVD (2005 March 21 — UK — DD Home Entertainment DD 21478)
      • On The Beach DVD (2006 July 3 — UK — Universal 8253049A)
      • Cliff Richard Live 2004-2006 DVD box set (2007 November 26 — UK — Universal 8253049)

    Bachelor Boy (Albufeira, Portugal - August 20 2004)

    • Running Time: 2:59
    • Record Date: August 20, 2004
    • Record Location: Albufeira, Portugal (on the beach)
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Unknown
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Keith Hayman (keyboards), Mick Mullins (backing vocals), Peter Howarth (backing vocals, guitar), Keith Murrell (backing vocals), Peter May (drums), John Clark (guitar), Steve Stroud (bass), Mike Haughton (saxophone)

    • Released On: Unreleased (bootlegged)

    Bachelor Boy/The Next Time (Wembley Arena - November 14 2008)

    • Running Time: 4:49
    • Record Date: November 14 2008
    • Record Location: Wembley Arena, London
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard
    • Engineered By: Keith Bessey
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Keith Hayman (keyboards), Phil Dennis (keyboards), John Clark (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass guitar), Pete May (drums), Peter Howarth (backing vocals), Keith Murrell (backing vocals), Abbie Osman (backing vocals), Sara-Jane Skeete (backing vocals)

    • Released On:
      • Time Machine Tour - 50th Anniversary DVD (2008 December 1 — UK — Universal 8259 44 1)
      • Time Machine Tour - 50th Anniversary Special Limited Edition DVD (2008 December 1 — UK — Universal 825 944 2)

    Bachelor Boy (Reunited Version)

    • Running Time: 2:08
    • Record Date: 2009
    • Record Location: Middle Ear Studios, Miami, Florida (Cliff vocals), Nivram Studios, Perth, Australia (Hank guitar, vocals), Honeyhill Studios, Hertfordshire (everything else)
    • Produced By: Unknown
    • Engineered By: Ethan Carlson (Cliff's vocals), Les Williams (Hank's guitar and vocals), James Collins (everything else), Keith Bessey (final mix)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals, backing vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bennett (drums), Mark Griffiths (bass, harmonica), Warren Bennett (keyboards), Perry Montague-Mason (violin), Warren Zeilinski (violin), Bogustan Kostecki (violin), Chris Tombling (violin), Emlyn Singleton (violin), Mark Berrow (violin), Dave Daniels (cello), Martin Loveday (cello), Dave Bishop (saxophone), Philip D.Todd (saxophone), Jamie Talbot (saxophone), Nunzio Mondia (accordion)

    • Released On:
      • Reunited CD album (2009 September 21 — UK — EMI 50999 687883 2 2)
      • Reunited Special Edition CD album (2009 September 21 — UK — EMI 50999 687875 2 3)

    Bachelor Boy (O2 Arena - September 2009)

    • Running Time: 2:33
    • Record Date: September 25 and/or 26 2009
    • Record Location: O2 Arena, London
    • Produced By: Cliff Richard and The Shadows
    • Engineered By: Mike Warren (recording); Keith Bessey (mixing)
    • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Hank Marvin (guitar, backing vocals), Bruce Welch (guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bennett (drums), Warren Bennett (keyboards), Mark Griffiths (bass), Keith Hayman (keyboards)

    • Released On:
      • The Final Reunion DVD (2009 November 9 — UK — 2entertain 2EDVD0462)
      • The Final Reunion Special Edition DVD (2009 November 9 — UK — 2entertain 2EDVD0487)
      • The Final Reunion Blu-ray (2012 December 3 — UK — 2entertain 2EBD0105)

    Tours

    Information on Cliff's performance of Bachelor Boy on tour and various live performances will be determined at a future date.

    Pictures

    UK 7-inch single (Columbia 45-DB 4950) UK 7-inch single (Columbia 45-DB 4950) UK Summer Holiday mono LP (Columbia 33SX 1472) UK Summer Holiday stereo LP (Columbia SCX 3462) UK Hits From Summer Holiday mono EP (Columbia SEG 8250)
    UK vinyl single * Columbia * 45-DB 4950 UK mono vinyl LP * Columbia * 33SX 1472
    Image used with kind permission of John Panteny
    UK stereo vinyl LP * Columbia * SCX 3462
    Image used with kind permission of John Panteny
    UK mono vinyl EP * Columbia * SEG 8250
    UK Hits From Summer Holiday stereo EP (Columbia ESG 7896) USA 7-inch single (Epic 5-9691) USA Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday mono LP (Epic LN 24063) USA Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday stereo LP (Epic ?) UK 1981 reissue 7-inch single (Columbia 45-DB 4950) UK 1981 reissue 7-inch single (Columbia 45-DB 4950)
    UK stereo vinyl EP * Columbia * ESG 7896 USA 7-inch single * Epic * 5-9691 USA Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday mono LP (Epic LN 24063) USA Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday stereo LP (Epic ?) UK 1981 reissue vinyl single * Columbia * 45-DB 4950
    UK Reunited CD (EMI 50999 687883 2 2)
    UK Reunited CD (EMI 50999 687883 2 2)

    Cover Versions

    Use in movies and TV programs

    Sheet Music

       
    Sheet music as published in the UK.

    Please note that because this is published and copyrighted material, the full sheet music cannot be shown here.

    Fan Comments

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    I worked with a lovely lady called Sheila Diane Russell many years ago. She has sadly passed away but she told me that she had been a singer and had had one hit record in ths country. She would not tell me her stage name as she was too embarrassed. She also said that she used to wear long white boots and that she had played the drums on Cliff Richard's Bachelor Boy. I can find no mention of her and wonder if anyone knows anything. I would love to find out more as I am now in contact with her sons and grandchildren. They have no photos or any info about ths lovely lady and I wondered if anyone can help. I would be extremely grateful.



    Tell the world what you think of Bachelor Boy. What memories does it hold for you?

    Quotations

    Bachelor Boy (Standard Release)
    The mono and stereo recordings are the same take and edit, but different mixes.

    The original single/LP version of Bachelor Boy is an edit of takes 10 and 11.

    The mono and stereo recordings are the same take and edit, but different mixes.

    The original single/LP version of Bachelor Boy is an edit of takes 10 and 11.

    "Bachelor Boy, a bright and breezy opus which Cliff performed in the film with The Shadows, climbed high into the Top Ten..."
    James Wynn (June 1963 - Hits From Summer Holiday EP)

    "Two of Cliff's biggest hits-- Bachelor Boy and Summer Holiday-- were at least partly Bruce Welch's work... [...] In May of that year [1963] records by Cliff Richard were numbers one, two and three in the Canadian hit parade-- Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday and Dancing Shoes. [...] [The Summer Holiday film] has two of Cliff's most popular songs-- Bachelor Boy and Summer Holiday."
    David Winter (1967 - New Singer, New Song)

    "[The] Next Time and Bachelor Boy came out as sort of a double A-side and people were allowed to pick the one they liked best. And I've got a feeling, it was round about Christmas time that I got the message that they-- both of them reached #1 together. And I remember thinking what a fantastic Christmas present, y'know, to wake up to a phone call saying you're #1 with two records. I must admit, though, that although The Next Time is the sort of the heading title on the album, whenever you see it, it's always got The Next Time-- stroke-- Bachelor Boy and I think on the gold disc it has that too, it... For me anyway, the more popular song is Bachelor Boy because that's the one I always got requested to do on stage. And it's the one I've performed most."
    Cliff Richard (1974 - The Music And Life Of Cliff Richard collection)

    "[I helped The Shadows write] Bachelor Boy and On The Beach and all the sort of earliest kind of hits."
    Cliff Richard (August 1980 - The Cliff Richard Special on 2HCR FM in Australia)

    "When Summer Holiday was completed, it was found to under-run by several minutes and when the phone rang in Norrie Paramor's office in Upper Harley Street, Bruce heard a panic-stricken voice on the other end saying another song would be required - but pretty quickly."
    Bruce Welch (1983 - The Story Of The Shadows)

    "Bruce (him from Shadows) and I wrote [Bachelor Boy] in Athens during the filming of Summer Holiday. It always remind me of sun and sea even though the sequence was filmed in a studio in Elstree."
    Cliff Richard (1985 - liner notes for From The Heart album)

    "Bachelor Boy was written to order, several weeks after the movie had been completed and the crew and cast disbanded. The film was being edited at Elstree Studios at the time, when the producer discovered, to his dismay, that it was too short and under-ran by several minutes. The easiest solution to the problem - and the cheapest - was to include another song on the soundtrack, and Norrie Paramor was contacted. Fortunately, Cliff and I were sitting in his office when a frantic call came through from the producer. We started work immediately and the song was completed in less than two hours. The we had to troop back to Elstree to film an extra sequence on the studio lot that doubled up as Greece."
    Bruce Welch (1989 - Rock'N'Roll I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life - A Life In The Shadows)

    "Well Bruce wrote most of .... Bachelor Boy was his musical thing. I did lyrical content and Don't Talk To Him I did lyrics on that too. So I was the lyricist on both those occasions."
    Cliff Richard (June 3, 1991 - The Cliff Richard Collection interview CD)

    "Cliff was there with me, so we just sat down for a couple of hours and by tea-time we'd written Bachelor Boy."
    Cliff Richard (June 3, 1991 - The Cliff Richard Collection interview CD)

    "The years 1962 and 1963 were particularly successful, with When The Girl In Your Arms [sic], The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, The Next Time and Bachelor Boy, all lifted from the movie soundtracks."
    Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall (1994 - liner notes for The Hit List)

    "The Next Time/Bachelor Boy did even better with both sides reaching the No.1 spot... [...] Work began in April [1962], and continued at a series of recording dates through the year to November, producing such classics as Summer Holiday, The Next Time, Bachelor Boy and Dancing Shoes. Some mystery surrounds the song Bachelor Boy, however. The version that was originally recorded for the [Summer Holiday] film is slightly different to the version that was eventually released and, according to one tape box, there is also a special version for the USA, which seems likely to be a remix of the record version. [...] November 16 1962: Bachelor Boy is an edit of takes 10 and 11. [...] December 7 1962: The Columbia label releases Cliff's 19th single The Next Time backed with Bachelor Boy. It's another chart topping smash for Cliff, and stays in the best seller lists for eighteen weeks. [...] December 1962: The Next Time/Bachelor Boy sells 250,000 copies in one week. [...] January 3 1963: The first Number One of the New Year is The Next Time/Bachelor Boy, which stays on top until deposed by Dance On from the Shadows! [...] January 4 1963: Pop singer Kenny Lynch reveals that his favourite single is Bachelor Boy. [...] January 11 1963: As the NME chart listed Bachelor Boy and The Next Time as entirely separate chart entries, Radio Luxembourg ran a competition on its Friday Spectacular inviting listeners to guess which side would go higher in the charts. There were 4000 entries. [...] February 20 1963: Cliff has four titles in the Top 30:

    9 Summer Holiday
    16 Bachelor Boy
    18 The Next Time
    25 Dancing Shoes
    He becomes the first artist to get four songs from one film (Summer Holiday) into the chart. [...] March 15 1963: Cliff features in the charts of eight countries simultaneously:
    The Next Time Number 2 in Israel
    The Next Time Number 6 in France
    The Next Time Number 10 in Norway
    The Next Time/Bachelor Boy Number 1 in South Africa
    Bachelor Boy Number 1 in Holland
    Bachelor Boy Number 3 in Sweden
    Bachelor Boy Number 5 in Hong Kong
    Bachelor Boy Number 26 in Britain
    Summer Holiday Number 1 in Britain
    [...] March 22 1963: ...it is estimated that Cliff may well earn £6,000 composer's royalties for Bachelor Boy which is to be included in a forthcoming Bachelors LP. [...] April 13 1963: Bachelor Boy enters the Australian charts. [...] May 18 1963: In the Hong Kong charts Cliff's Summer Holiday is No. 2 and Bachelor Boy is No. 6. In Norway Summer Holiday is No. 1, while in South Africa he has three in the Top Ten-- Bachelor Boy at No. 3, Dancing Shoes at No. 4 and Summer Holiday in the No. 10 spot. [...] July 29 1963: In a letter to the music papers, Ron Dennison writes from Ottawa, Canada: 'Cliff Richard has at last broken through in Canada! Bachelor Boy was No. 1 in most Canadian cities, including five unchallenged weeks here in Ottawa... [...] August 10 1963: During the 100th edition of ABC TV's Thank Your Lucky Stars, Cliff receives a gold disc for a million sales of Bachelor Boy/The Next Time. [...] Radio Luxembourg Top 20 Show DJ, Barry Alldis, selects his favourite twenty records of 1963. Top of the list is Cliff's Bachelor Boy."
    Mike Read, Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (1995 - The Complete Chronicle)

    "Bachelor Boy and Dancing Shoes [achieved] number 3 and 25 respectively."
    Author Unknown (August 1996 - liner notes for Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974)

    "If ever a song from the dawn of one's career was the haunt anyone it was surely Bachelor Boy, back in 1962, for Cliff."
    David Winter (2001 August 25 - Winter's Tale: An Autobiography Living Through an Age of Change in Church and Media)

    "Maybe it was [Cliff's] uncomplicated image that cause a last-minute song for the [Summer Holiday] movie to be written, recorded and filmed long after filming had been completed. But like most songs in a musical of this nature, it also served to advance the plot and throw light on the characters. Considering it was almost an afterthought, Bachelor Boy, written by Cliff and Shadows frontman Bruce Welch, became Cliff's twentieth single consecutive hit, and coupled with The Next Time was the lead single from the film then 'coming soon to a theatre near you.'"
    Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall (January 2003 - liner notes for Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD)

    "This [16 November 1962] session was held after filming and both tracks [Bachelor Boy and Big News] were late additions to the movie. Big News was written a couple of weeks before shooting ended while Bachelor Boy was written to order after it was discovered, during editing of the movie at Elstree, that it was under-running by a few minutes. The song was written in a couple of hours after which they had to return to Elstree to film, and presumably record, the new sequence. The soundtrack recording commenced at 7:00pm with Bachelor Boy being the first track laid down. Several attempts were made, including a rehearsal and several false starts, before 9 was finally as the master for record release. It is interesting to note that this track also features piano and close examination of the session tapes seem to reveal that it may be Hank playing. There is further evidence at the voice of Norrie Paramor, who would normally have taken on this role, can be heard directing the session from the control room. This is obviously speculation as paperwork does not indicate who is responsible, in fact no information exists of a piano being featured on the session, although there clearly is! Mono and stereo mixes of both Bachelor Boyand Big News were done on Monday 19th November as was a stereo remix of All At Once. Released in November 1962 this was the first single to feature material from the [Summer Holiday] film which was still two months away from general release. It entered the charts on 6 December and during a chart run of 18 weeks would reach #1 where it would remain for 3 weeks. It replaced another film soundtrack song at the top of the charts, Elvis Presley's Return To Sender and was knocked off the top spot by his backing group The Shadows with their fourth number one Dance On. Although classed as a double A-side Bachelor Boy was only listed on the charts from 10 January 1963."
    Author Unknown (January 2003 - liner notes for Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD)

    "When you go right back to [Christmas] 1962 when I was #1 with Bachelor Boy and The Next time, so it wasn't even [a] Christmas [song]."
    Cliff Richard (2003 October 28 - interview on Radio 96.4, The Eagle)

    "Yes, [The Next Time] was [a Christmas #1] with Bachelor Boy on the B-side."
    Cliff Richard (2005 March 27 - interview on 107.7 Splash FM with Dave Hunt)

    "Summer Holiday, The Next Time and Bachelor Boy were all lifted from Cliff's movie soundtracks of the day, when Cliff was the #1 box office film star in the UK and elsewhere, at one time being more popular than Sean Connery's James Bond."
    Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (2008 - liner notes for The Hits: Number Ones Around The World album in the ...And They Said It Wouldn't Last! {My 50 Years In Music} set)

    "[In the Summer Holiday film, Lauri Peters] played the part of a genderless-looking stowaway who eventually melts Cliff's heart despite having been told by him, 'Girls are all very well but date them once and then run. Date them twice and they get serious... Next thing you know, you're hooked and wondering what's hit you. No. No girls is going to own me.' This was remarkably close to Cliff's code of caution, a code reinforced by a song that he had written with Bruce Welch which was added [to the film] after the location filming had been completed. Just as Tepper and Bennett's song The Young Ones forever associated Cliff with youth, so Bachelor Boy connected him with a permanent state of singleness."
    Steve Turner (2008 January - Cliff Richard - The Biography (revised edition))

    "With 16 songs from the [Summer Holiday] film, the album also provided three hit singles including Bachelor Boy..."
    Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall (July 2010 - liner notes for The Collection album)

    "In On The Beach, I helped write [the] melody, Bachelor Boy was lyric. You know, [Bachelor Boy is] a very simple verse-chorus, verse-chorus, verse-chorus, verse-chorus. And Bruce had written a verse and the chorus and between us we wrote the other verses."
    Cliff Richard (2012 September 8 - Wired For Sound Radio)

    Bachelor Boy (USA Remix Version)
    The mono and stereo recordings are the same take and edit, but different mixes.

    This version of Bachelor Boy is the version before Cliff's new vocals were edited on for the originally released single/album version. It is thought that the split stereo of the original version was not satisfactory for the USA market, but no suitable stereo version existed of that edited version existed. Therefore the engineers were forced to go back to the unedited version to create the USA mix. It was is referred to as the "Take 12" mix by engineers that prepared the song in 1963. This version is most notable on the last chorus, when Cliff shouts "Yeah! I'll be your bachelor boy" instead of the more subdued "But until then I'll be your bachelor boy". This version has been released on various LP and CD collections over the years, leading to much confusion over which is the original. Although it was prepared for the US market and saw release there in October 1963 on the album Hits From The Original Sound Track Of Summer Holiday, it's first release was actually in stereo in the UK on the Hits From Summer Holiday EP in June 1963. It's unclear why they chose to use the remix stereo version of the LP's split stereo version for this EP.

    "The version [of Bachelor Boy] that was originally recorded for the [Summer Holiday] film is slightly different to the version that was eventually released and, according to one tape box, there is also a special version for the USA, which seems likely to be a remix of the record version."
    Mike Read, Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (1995 - The Complete Chronicle)

    "Almost two months after the films [sic] release, on 25th March 1963, Malcolm Addey remixed a special version of Bachelor Boy for the US market although it is not known if this ever saw the light of day!"
    Author Unknown (January 2003 - liner notes for Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD)

    The mono and stereo recordings are the same take and edit, but different mixes.

    This version of Bachelor Boy is the version before Cliff's new vocals were edited on for the originally released single/album version. It is thought that the split stereo of the original version was not satisfactory for the USA market, but no suitable stereo version existed of that edited version existed. Therefore the engineers were forced to go back to the unedited version to create the USA mix. It was is referred to as the "Take 12" mix by engineers that prepared the song in 1963. This version is most notable on the last chorus, when Cliff shouts "Yeah! I'll be your bachelor boy" instead of the more subdued "But until then I'll be your bachelor boy". This version has been released on various LP and CD collections over the years, leading to much confusion over which is the original.

    Bachelor Boy (Alternate Take With False Start)
    This track has only ever been released in mono format.

    The differences between this and the standard single and Summer Holiday album version is that it's clearly a different take with slight variations in the delivery, in particular in the line "but I remembered" just before the second chorus, where Cliff's voice noticeably goes up in pitch. Significantly, the lyrics near the end of the song are all different. In the standard version, just before the last chorus, Cliff sings: "Then I'll get married, have a wife and a child, and they'll be my turtle dove." On this alternate take, he sings: "And we'll get maried, have a wife and a child, and she'll be my turtle dove." The final chorus is also very different with several different ad-libs, including the unique line: "That's what my daddy did say." Also, this version is missing all backing vocals and includes the count-in and a false start. On the false start, Cliff flubs the opening line: "When I was..." and is heard asking to restart, then a new count-in is heard. On the Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD, this song is subtitled as "Previously Unreleased Alternate Take Including False Start."

    "This [16 November 1962] session was held after filming and both tracks [Bachelor Boy and Big News] were late additions to the movie. Big News was written a couple of weeks before shooting ended while Bachelor Boy was written to order after it was discovered, during editing of the movie at Elstree, that it was under-running by a few minutes. The song was written in a couple of hours after which they had to return to Elstree to film, and presumably record, the new sequence. The soundtrack recording commenced at 7:00pm with Bachelor Boy being the first track laid down. Several attempts were made, including a rehearsal and several false starts, before 9 was finally as the master for record release. It is interesting to note that this track also features piano and close examination of the session tapes seem to reveal that it may be Hank playing. There is further evidence at the voice of Norrie Paramor, who would normally have taken on this role, can be heard directing the session from the control room. This is obviously speculation as paperwork does not indicate who is responsible, in fact no information exists of a piano being featured on the session, although there clearly is! The early rehearsal and false start are also included giving an insight into the recording process."
    Author Unknown (January 2003 - liner notes for Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD)

    Bachelor Boy (Movie Version)
    This track has only ever been released in mono format.

    This version is a different take altogether from the Summer Holiday album version, although it doesn't vary much at all. The backing vocals are a bit more prominent. This song is listed on both the Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974 and Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD sets at Bachelor Boy (Film Version).

    "The version [of Bachelor Boy] that was originally recorded for the [Summer Holiday] film is slightly different to the version that was eventually released and, according to one tape box, there is also a special version for the USA, which seems likely to be a remix of the record version."
    Mike Read, Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (1995 - The Complete Chronicle)

    "From Summer Holiday, we have Bachelor Boy with its alternate vocal..."
    Author Unknown (August 1996 - liner notes for Cliff Richard At The Movies 1959-1974)

    "The film versions, recorded earlier at Elstree, are also featured on this special release."
    Author Unknown (January 2003 - liner notes for Summer Holiday - Special Edition CD)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased December 25 1962 TV Performance)

    Bachelor Boy (The Ed Sullivan Show - April 14 1963)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased April 28 1963 TV Performance)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased May 8 1964 TV Performance)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased September 29 1965 TV Performance)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased April 5 1966 TV Performance)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - October 18 1967)
    "Bachelor Boy and It's All In The Game were two extra tracks released only on the Japanese issue of the [Cliff In Japan] album."
    Mike Read, Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (1995 - The Complete Chronicle)

    "What is intriguing, however, is why two of Cliff's biggest hits-- Bachelor Boy and It's All In The Game-- were included on the Japanese version but omitted from the British release. For the first time, these two songs are now included."
    Peter Lewry and Nigel Goodall (March 2007 - liner notes for Cliff In Japan Remaster CD)

    Bachelor Boy (Unreleased June 11 1968 TV Performance)

    Shadows Medley: The Young Ones/Living Doll/In The Country/Bachelor Boy (Korea - October 1969)
    This song, as it appears on the Cliff Live In Korea LP is a bit of an oddity. First, they list each song separately, instead of as a medley. That's not too unusual. But very oddly, the first three parts end side 2 of the LP, with Bachelor Boy removed from the other songs in the medley and included alone at the beginning of side 3.

    Hits Medley: Dancing Shoes/Bachelor Boy/Living Doll/Do You Wanna Dance (It's Cliff Richard - March 28 1970)

    Bachelor Boy (Cliff Pε Skansen - July 1970)

    Bachelor Boy (It's Cliff Richard - February 5 1972)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - September 1972)
    "Having treated the audience to many of his recent hits, it was time to go back to some of the songs that had made him a top recording star. Living Doll, Bachelor Boy and The Young Ones take the audience back to the early 1960s and bring back memories of seeing him on the silver screen."
    Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (2008 - liner notes for Cliff "Live" In Japan '72 album in the ...And They Said It Wouldn't Last! {My 50 Years In Music} set)

    Bachelor Boy (It's Cliff Richard - August 24 1974)

    Bachelor Boy (Tokyo, Japan - October 1974)
    Bruce Welch sings lead vocal on the second verse on this performance.

    Bachelor Boy (London Palladium - March 4 1978)
    "There are several songs that still remain unreleased and unmixed, including... from Cliff and his own band Every Face Tells A Story, Up In The World, Melting Into One, The Minute You're Gone and Bachelor Boy."
    Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall (July 2004 - liner notes for Thank You Very Much remaster album)

    Bachelor Boy (NEC Birmingham - July 1984)

    Bachelor Boy (Sydney, Australia - November 1984)

    Bachelor Boy (Wembley Stadium, London - June 16 & 17 1989)

    Bachelor Boy (Knebworth - June 30 1990)

    Bachelor Boy (Lech, Austria - 1993)
    This is an acoustic performance with Cliff on acoustic guitar, accompanied by an unidentified man on acoustic guitar and backing vocals. It is incomplete (the end of the song only) and was released only on the 1993 The Story So Far documentary videotape.

    Bachelor Boy (Sheffield Arena - December 15 1994)

    Bachelor Boy (Wimbledon - July 3 1996)
    "I happened to be present when [Cliff] serenaded Wimbledon's Centre Court during an extended rain break, singing acapella versions of Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy, All Shook Up, Living Doll and others from the royal box with support from friends Virginia Wade, Martina Navratilova, Conchita Martinez, Pam Shriver and Gigi Fernandez: the Rackettes, you might say."
    Richard Williams (September 2008 - liner notes for 50th Anniversary Album album)

    Bachelor Boy (An Audience With Cliff Richard - November 13, 1999)

    Bachelor Boy (Live And Kicking Tour - April/May 2004)

    Bachelor Boy (Leeds Castle - July 25 2004)
    "He sings theme songs from his two big movies, The Young Ones and Summer Holiday, obscure album tracks such as Baby It's You, Without You and Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You and top ten hits like Please Don't Tease, Bachelor Boy and On The Beach."
    Steve Turner (2008 January - Cliff Richard - The Biography (revised edition))

    Bachelor Boy (Albufeira Rehearsal - August 2004)
    This is only a short rehearsal bit, with drummer Peter May providing hand clap percussion. It ends rather comically when, during the instrumental break, Peter breaks into a wild and unexpected rhythm that ends with everyone laughing at it.

    Bachelor Boy (Albufeira, Portugal - August 20 2004)

    Bachelor Boy/The Next Time (Wembley Arena - November 14 2008)

    Bachelor Boy (Reunited Version)

    Bachelor Boy (O2 Arena - September 2009)

    This page is intended to be a complete record of information on the Cliff Richard song Bachelor Boy. If you notice any errors or omissions, please contact me at rlp321@juno.com and let me know. I strive for accuracy.

    Robert Porter
    October 2014