"Happy Days" was written by television theme writers Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
, who also wrote the themes for Wonder Woman
, Laverne and Shirley
, and Love Boat
. They also composed "Killing Me Softly With His Song
," which became a big hit for Roberta Flack and won the composers a Grammy Award for Song Of The Year.
Charles Fox got his start writing theme songs on the show Love American Style
. He explained in our 2010 interview: "Love American Style
had three separate segments, totally unrelated to each other - different stories, different casts. They were always called 'Love and the...' something. I remember 'Love and the Eskimo,' I remember 'Love and the Stuttering Cowboy,' I remember all kinds of silly things. But this was called 'Love and the Happy Days.' And ABC made it a pilot at the same time, because it was a good way for ABC to develop a pilot and use it as part of the cost of Love American Style.
They loved that show, but they decided that they weren't ready to re-visit the '50s, so they put it in the can until a year or two later when George Lucas's picture American Graffiti
came out. And then they went back to what they already had in the can as a pilot, and the rest, as they say, is history."