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Pratt & McClain are a 1970s era commercial jingle singing band, originally called Brother Love, consisting of Jerry McClain and Truett Pratt, along with various sidemen. They scored a Billboard #5 hit in 1976 with their "Theme to Happy Days."

San Antonio native Truett Pratt started out singing in the church choir, then joined a rock band in high school. Jerry McClain also sang in the choir in his hometown of Pasadena, CA. Around the mid-'60s, McClain met Michael Omartian. They formed American Scene and recorded for Dot Records.

In 1970, Omartian began a successful record producing career that came to include hits from Christopher Cross, Cher, Dion, Tom Johnston, Jermaine Jackson, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, and Dionne Warwick ("Love at First Sight," "Deja Vu," "Don't You Ever Take Your Love Away"). He introduced McClain to Pratt. They started a group called Brother Love and began recording commercial jingles.

In 1975 the act's name became Pratt & McClain, and the duo signed a deal with ABC/Dunhill Records, recording one album.

Later signed to Warner Brothers subsidiary Reprise through producers Omartian and Steve Barri, they were picked to record a new theme song for ABC-TV's wildly successful show "Happy Days." The song, which replaced the original "Happy Days" theme song, Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock", was written by television theme writers, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, who wrote themes for other ABC-TV hit shows ("Love American Style", "Wonder Woman", "Laverne and Shirley", and "The Love Boat").

"Happy Days" (b/w "Cruisin' With the Fonz") went to number five pop in spring 1976 and was included on Pratt & McClain's second LP, "Pratt & McClain Featuring Happy Days."

The follow-up, a cover of Mitch Ryder's "Devil With the Blue Dress On," peaked at number 71 pop in summer 1976.

Though the duo never charted again, their lone hit single can be heard on oldies radio stations around the country, and during the TV show's opening and closing credits as it runs in perpetual rerun syndication, and as a part of cable channel Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite" programming.

Pratt & McClain's "Happy Days" is available on the Rhino CDs Super Hits of the '70s: "Have a Nice Day, Vol. 18" and "Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box." [1]

  1. ^ Ed Hogan, All Music Guide


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