Cliff Richard - My Pretty One [Single/Album Version]Details

"I never heard of Jamie Rae [who recorded My Pretty One in 1985]. I didn't even know that someone else recorded it, otherwise I'd never have recorded it. I don't mind. If it's similar, it can't be the vocals because I've never heard his vocals. But Alan Tarney produced his record too, so the production might be similar, but I shouldn't think the voices are the same. The only difference is that I'm number 6 and he never made it. Well, that's a big difference. [...] I don't like to be called just a ballad singer or just a rock 'n' roll singer. I've sung country music. Devil Woman kind of songs. Miss You Nights. My Pretty One, I don't even know where My Pretty One fits in. It's just a great pop song. And I enjoy that. I enjoy the challenge of that sort of thing. I'm a singer [and] some people are actors. [...] I had an idea for the last video, My Pretty One. And when I talked to the director, his idea was exactly the same. So I said, well, that must be right then. [...] Most of my videos, I don't like. I've never really enjoyed my videos very much. I liked Wired For Sound, Daddy's Home, and the duet I sang with Sarah Brighman, that was a nice video. And My Pretty One is fabulous. That's my favorite video."
Cliff Richard (circa 1987 - unknown interview from the Baktabak interview disc (BAK 2063))

"Two tracks, My Pretty One and Some People, culled from the Always Guaranteed album, were selected for single release and became Cliff's two top ten hits in a row for 1987. May 7, 1987: [The] video for [the next] single My Pretty One shot at Albert Wharf, London, SW11. June 8, 1987: Cliff's next single-- My Pretty One is released with Love Ya on the 'B' side, and a third track Under The Gun appearing on the 12-inch version."
Mike Read, Nigel Goodall & Peter Lewry (1995 - The Complete Chronicle)

"I did a video of My Pretty One which came from the Always Guaranteed album. And I loved it because there was a storyline in it, you know. You don't have to have a beginning, middle and end necessarily. But there's a feeling that this character was being wafted through a situation that looked like a movie. I'd seen the film Legend and I thought, 'This is wonderful!' And I kept thinking, when I saw the video, it looked like the film Legend. There's always something floating by the camera in front of me and it really looked very attractive. And there was a kind of vague storyline in it. "\nCliff Richard (2001 - Unforgettable documentary)

"Both My Pretty One and Some People, the first tasters for Always Guaranteed reached #3 and #6 respectively. Those two tracks, probably more than any other at the time, marked the rehabilitation of Cliff Richard as an artist who although hugely popular with his public had never been taken to the heart of the rock aristocracy and had received a flood of unnecessary critical abuse over the years. Released in June 1987, My Pretty One entered the UK charts on 20 June 1987 and reached #6 during its 10 week spell on the chart. Also issued in a gatefold sleeve (EMG 4) and as a 12-inch single with an extended mix of My Pretty One and an extra track, Under The Gun (12EM 4)."
Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall (January 2004 - liner notes for Always Guaranteed remaster album)


  • Running Time: 3:57
  • Record Date: October 13 to November 1986
  • Record Location: R.G. Jones Recording Studios, Wimbledon
  • Written By: Alan Tarney
  • Produced By: Alan Tarney
  • Engineered By: Gerry Kitchingham & Ben Robbins
  • Performed By: Cliff Richard (vocals), Alan Tarney (guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming)

  • Released On:
    • My Pretty One 7" single (1987 June 8 UK EMI EM 4/5 099920 183172)
    • My Pretty One 7" single with gatefold sleeve (1987 June 8 UK EMI EMG 4/5 099920 183103)
    • Always Guaranteed LP album (1987 September 14 UK EMI EMD 1004/74 6705 1/0 77774 67051 7)
    • Always Guaranteed CD album (1987 September 14 UK EMI CDEMD 1004/CDP 7 46705 2/0 77774 67052 4)
    • Always Guaranteed cassette album (1987 September 14 UK EMI TC-EMD 1004/74 6705 4/0 77774 67054 8)
    • Some People CD Video (1987 September UK EMI EMCDV 3) [audio only]
    • Always Guaranteed LP album box set (1987 November 9 UK EMI EMDB 1004/0 77774 67050 0)
    • Always Guaranteed VHS videotape (1988 March 7 UK PMI MVS 9900743/5 099999 007430)
    • Private Collection LP album (1988 November 7 UK EMI CRTV 30/79 1370 1/0 77779 13701 5)
    • Private Collection cassette album (1988 November 7 UK EMI TC-CRTV 30/79 1370 4/0 77779 13704 4)
    • Private Collection CD album (1988 November 7 UK EMI CDCRTV 30/CDP 7913702/0 77779 13702 2)
    • Private Collection VHS videotape (1988 UK PMI MVP CR1/MVP9911723/5 099999 117238)
    • Private Collection Video CD (1991 UK PMI PMCD 4914432/7243 4914432 3)
    • The Whole Story - His Greatest Hits CD album (2000 October 9 UK EMI 529 3222/7243 5 29322 2 1)
    • The Whole Story - His Greatest Hits cassette album (2000 October 9 UK EMI 529 3224/7243 5 29322 4 5)
    • Unforgettable VHS videotape (2001 November 12 UK VCI VC6875/5 014138 068752) [music video]
    • Unforgettable DVD (2001 November 12 UK VCI VCD0187/5 014138 068875) [music video]
    • The Singles Collection CD album box set (2002 August 12 UK EMI 537 5512/7243 5 37551 2 6)
    • Always Guaranteed digital album (2003 March 1 UK EMI 077774670555)
    • The Singles Collection digital album box set (2003 March 3 UK EMI 7243 5 37551 5 7)
    • Always Guaranteed CD album (2004 January 19 UK EMI 583 3932/7243 583393 2 1)
    • Platinum Collection CD album (2005 November 14 UK EMI 333 8032/0946 3 33803 2 5)
    • Platinum Collection digital album (2005 November 14 UK EMI 0946 3 33803 5 6)
    • The Collection CD album (2006 April UK Marks & Spencer MS2037/M 7634 567 S)
    • When I Need You CD single (2007 October 29 UK EMI 5114522/50999 511452 2 4)
    • 50th Anniversary Album CD album (2008 November 3 UK EMI 242 3892/50999 2 42389 2 2)
    • The Fiftieth Anniversary Album digital album (2008 November 3 UK EMI 50999 2 42389 5 3)
    • The Collection CD album (2011 UK Reader's Digest RDCD7221-4/3 801410 000003)
    • 75 At 75 CD album (2015 September 18 UK Rhino 0825646048892)
    • 75 At 75 digital album (2015 September 18 UK Rhino 825646048885)

  • Cover Versions:
    • Jamie Rae on his My Pretty One single (1985)

  • Top UK Chart Position:
    • 6 [Official UK Singles Chart]
    • 6 [New Musical Express]
    • 6 [Melody Maker]