Song / Summer Holiday
Darren Day / Summer Holiday
"Summer Holiday" is a song recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows, written by rhythm guitarist Bruce Welch and drummer Brian Bennett. It is taken from the film of the same name, and was released as the second single from the film in February 1963. It went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for a total of three weeks, as had the first single from the film, "The Next Time". After "Summer Holiday" had spent two weeks at number one, The Shadows' instrumental "Foot Tapper" - also from the same film - took over the top spot for one week, before "Summer Holiday" returned to the top spot for one further week. The track is one of Richard's best known titles and it remains a staple of his live shows.
In 1996 a new stage show musical version toured the UK starring Darren Day. A soundtrack to this show was recorded and a single released in August of that year featuring "Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy and Summer Holiday Medley" the former 2 tracks being produced by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken (who also produced 2 other tracks on the album). The single reached number 17 in the UK.