‘Happy Days’ Featured a Nearly-Forgotten Version of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ in Original Run

by Megan Molseed

When the iconic 1950s sitcom Happy Days premiered in 1974, fans of the popular series were treated to a unique remake of an iconic Bill Haley and the Comets hit, Rock Around the Clock.

For the first two seasons of the popular ABC series, the show’s opening credit sequence featured this popular hit. However, it wasn’t the original song. Instead, the song fans were treated to was one that was recorded specifically for Happy Days.

But, what exactly happened to the version of Rock Around the Clock? the version that was recorded specifically for the Happy Days opening credits during the show’s early run?

Originally, Bill Haley of Bill Haley and The Comets re-recorded the ground-breaking rock-n-roll hit for the series. This version was recorded specifically to play during the opening credits during Happy Days’ first two seasons.

However, when Happy Days entered into syndication it was renamed Happy Days Again.

This featured the original version of Rock Around the Clock which was recorded in 1952. The 1973 version of the hit song wasn’t released for commercial sales until 2005.

The hit series Happy Days ran on ABC from 1974 until 1984. The sitcom starred Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham and Henry Winkler as the iconic “greaser” Arthur Fonzerelli, or “The Fonz.”

The popular series highlights the life of teenaged Richie Cunningham as well as the lives of Richie’s family and friends as they navigate the 1950s.

Of course, Rock Around the Clock is certainly an incredibly well-known hit. However, one of the most memorable pieces of this iconic series comes from the eventual Happy Days theme song. This song premiered during the series’s third season.

Not long after Rock Around the Clock introduced the show in the opening credits, Happy Days showrunners changed the opening theme song to feature the now very well-known Happy Days Theme.

‘Happy Days Theme’ Was Always a Part of the Series

While it wasn’t always the opening credit theme song, the Happy Days Theme was always a part of the popular series.

When the iconic series premiered in 1974, the show did feature a version of the later Happy Days Theme song. This version played at the end of each episode while Rock Around the Clock served as the theme song.

However, in 1975, this theme song was re-recorded with new words to become the opening number we all recognize as the popular show’s opening number. This version of The Happy Days song became a staple of the show from season three until the show’s season ten series finale.