Zestig jaar geleden werd de single “The next time”/”Bachelor boy” van Cliff Richard & the Shadows uitgebracht.

The Next Time” (writers: Buddy Kaye & Philip Springer) backed with “Bachelor Boy” (written by Bruce Welch and Cliff Richard) was the first of three number one hit singles from the Cliff Richard musicalfilmSummer Holiday (*). Both songs were included on the January 1963 album Summer Holiday. The film was the most successful box-office attraction of the year. In de film zingt Cliff het voor Lauri Peters, maar het heeft weinig gescheeld of het was voor Barbra Streisand geweest, die toen nog aan het begin van haar carrière stond. The film’s producers felt that female lead in the film, Lauri Peters, was not a strong enough singer after several test recording sessions, and all of her parts, both in the film and on the soundtrack album, were dubbed by session vocalist Grazina Frame. Frame had overdubbed female singing voices in Cliff Richard’s earlier film The Young Ones.

Both sides were marketed as songs with chart potential, and the release is viewed retroactively 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, with “Bachelor Boy” the B-side. In many countries, “Bachelor Boy” became the bigger hit and the charts listed it first or on its own. 

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. The single spent three weeks at No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1963. (Wikipedia)

(*) The song was succeeded at number one by The Shadows‘ “Dance On!“, maar volgens Wikipedia zat dit niet in de film, maar wel “Foot tapper”. Ook dit Shadows-nummer zou echter de nr.1-plaats bereiken, overigens geflankeerd (dus ervóór én erna) door de titelsong. Dus ofwel vergist Wikipedia zich hier dus, ofwel (more likely) hebben ze de dubbele A-single “The next time”/”Bachelor boy” als één single geteld.

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