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Making Our Dreams Come True

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Cyndi Grecco



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This was the theme from the TV series Laverne & Shirley, starring Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. It was written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox; they wrote a variety of songs together, including the themes from the TV shows Happy Days (Laverne & Shirley was a spin-off from this show) and Angie.

In our interview with Charles Fox, he told us: "Happy Days, one episode had these two young women, Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney. They were kind of brought on as love interests of the Fonz and Ron Howard. ABC had a lot of calls, cards, and letters about these two girls on the show, and they decided to make a quick pilot to see if that could go right behind Happy Days. Happy Days was already a number one show by that time, and our song was climbing up the charts, too. They shot not a whole pilot first; they just made a quick presentation, about 20 minutes that Garry Marshall came up with. Norman Gimbel and I were asked to write the song, but what we knew about the girls was very little. All we knew about them - because there wasn't even a pilot script yet - we knew that they were blue collar workers, they worked in a factory in Milwaukee in a brewery, and they had hopes and dreams and ambitions about getting out and seeing life and doing things. So we wrote kind of a gentle song that was called 'Hoping Our Dreams Will Come True.' And we played it for the producers, and they said, 'You know, it's really a nice song, but this is not our characters. Our characters are not going to 'wish and hope.' They're going to take the bull by the horns; they're going to make life happen. It's two strong-minded girls.' So we made a change, and Norman wrote instead of 'hoping our dreams will come true,' 'making our dreams come true.' And that, of course, is a whole different song. It required a different lyric; it turned a different melody, a different characterization. So there's just one example of something that was so new, the idea of the two girls, that it wasn't until the producers heard the song that they could tell that it did not personify these girls."
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Comments (2):

In the closing credits of the premiere episode only,the title of this song was shown as "We're Gonna Make It" and the title of the show in its first season in syndication was "Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney."
- CHARLES HOLLINGSWORT, LEEDS, AL
I Love This Song, It's Brilliant!
- Matthew, Melbourne, Australia
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