Happy Days (TV theme)

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"Happy Days"
Happy Days Pratt and McClain.jpg
Single by Pratt & McClain
from the album Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days
B-side"Cruisin' with the Fonz"
ReleasedMarch 1976[1]
FormatVinyl, 7", Single[1]
Recorded1976[1]
GenreRock, Stage & Screen[1]
Length2:40[1]
LabelReprise Records[1]
Songwriter(s)Charles Fox, Norman Gimbel[1]
Producer(s)Steve Barri, Michael Omartian[1]
Pratt & McClain singles chronology
"String Module Error: Match not found"
(1976)
"Happy Days"
(1976)
"Devil with a Blue Dress"
(1976)
"Whachersign"[2]
(1976)
"Happy Days"
(1976)
"Devil with a Blue Dress"
(1976)

"Happy Days" is a song written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. It is the theme song of 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 used only during the closing credits of Seasons 1 and 2, with an updated version of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets used as the opening theme. The song was re-recorded in 1975 with different lyrics for both the opening and closing credits for Seasons 3 through 10. Pratt & McClain released the song as a single in 1976 from their album Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days. Bobby Arvon recorded an updated version of 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 Canada, "Happy Days" reached No. 3.[7]

Australian band Silver Studs also recorded a version of the theme for their debut album. It became their biggest hit single in Australia, reaching No. 4 in June 1976.[8]

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

Chart history[edit]

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 20 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Pratt & McClain - Music Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Song: Happy Days".
  5. ^ a b c "Pratt & McClain - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 433. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ RPM Top Singles, June 12, 1976
  8. ^ "Midoztouch Discussion Forum". Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  9. ^ RPM Top Singles, June 12, 1976
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, June 5, 1976
  12. ^ "Midoztouch Discussion Forum". Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1976