Happy Days (TV theme)

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For the 2004 Japanese hit, see Happy Days (Ai Otsuka song).
"Happy Days"
Single by Pratt & McClain
from the album Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days
Released 1976[1]
Format Vinyl, 7", Single[1]
Recorded 1976[1]
Genre Rock, Stage & Screen[1]
Length 2:40[1]
Label Reprise Records[1]
Writer(s) Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel[1]
Producer(s) Steve Barri, Michael Omartian[1]
Pratt & McClain singles chronology
"Whachersign"[2]
(1976)
"Happy Days"
(1976)
"Devil with a Blue Dress On"
(1976)

"Happy Days" is a song written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. It is the theme tune to Happy Days.[3] It can be heard during the TV show's opening and closing credits as it runs in perpetual rerun syndication.

The song was first recorded in 1974 by Jim Haas with a group of other session singers for the first two seasons.[4] These versions of the song were only used during the closing credits of seasons 1-2, with "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets being the opening theme. The song was later recorded in 1975 with different lyrics for both the opening and closing credits for seasons 3-10. Pratt & McClain released the song as a single in 1976 of their album Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days. Bobby Arvon later recorded the song in 1983 for the opening and closing credits of season 11, with the same lyrics as the version used for seasons 3-10.

Pratt & McClain's album version of the song, recorded in 1976, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] No. 7 on the Easy Listening chart[5] and No. 31 on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

In 2014, a re-recorded version of the song was used in commercials for Target.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pratt & Mc Lain* With Brotherlove - Happy Days". Discogs. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pratt & McClain | Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved Wednesday, 20 November 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Pratt & McClain - Music Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Song: Happy Days". 
  5. ^ a b "Pratt & McClain - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.