Happy Days – Pratt & McClain (1976)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from two genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” singles featuring the song, ‘Happy Days’ by Pratt & McClain. The record was released in 1976, on the Reprise record label and has been reworked into the shape of a a two ‘thumbs-up’ hand gesture as popularised by Fonzie on the American TV Show of the same name.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Pratt & McClain,  70s Pop, The American TV Show ‘Happy Days’. 50’s America or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Happy Days
Media Artist/s: Pratt & McClain
Record Label: Reprise
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Pop

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Additional information about this, Pratt & McClain vinyl art.

The Artist/s

Pratt & McClain was an American musical duo known originally called Brother Love consisting of Jerry McClain and Truett Pratt, along with various sidemen. They had a international hit in 1976 with “Happy Days”, the theme to the sitcom of the same name, written and performed in a nostalgic 1950s rock and roll style. It was their only success, making them a one-hit wonder.

The Song

Happy Days is a song written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. It is the theme of the 1970s television series Happy Days. It can be heard during the TV show’s opening and closing credits as it runs in perpetual rerun syndication. “Happy Days” was first recorded in 1974 by Jim Haas with a group of other session singers for the first two seasons. These versions were used only during the closing credits of Seasons 1 and 2, with an updated take on “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets used as the opening theme. “Happy Days” was re-recorded by Pratt & McClain at ABC Recording Studios in Los Angeles in December 1975 with different lyrics for both the opening and closing credits for Seasons 3 through 10, with the duo including the song on their 1976 album Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days and releasing it as a single.

The Thumb Signal – The Shape

This record has been cut into a two Thumbs-up gesture as used by the character Fonzie from ‘Happy Days’. who often did a double gesture using both thumbs. A thumb signal, usually described as a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, is a common hand gesture achieved by a closed fist held with the thumb extended upward or downward, respectively. The thumbs-up gesture is associated with positivity, approval, achievement, satisfaction and solidarity, while the thumbs-down gesture is associated with concern, disapproval, dissatisfaction, rejection and failure.

‘Happy Days’ is an American television sitcom that aired first-run on the ABC network from January 15, 1974, to July 19, 1984, with a total of 255 half-hour episodes spanning 11 seasons. Created by Garry Marshall, it was one of the most successful series of the 1970s. The series presented an idealised vision of life in the 1950s and early 1960s Midwestern United States, and it starred Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham, Henry Winkler as his friend Fonzie, and Tom Bosley and Marion Ross as Richie’s parents, Howard and Marion Cunningham. Although it opened to mixed reviews from critics, Happy Days became successful and popular over time.


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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