Michael Landon was the star of the popular television show Little House on the Prairie. The show ran for much of the 1970s and into the 80s, from 1974-1983. He also was the lead in Highway to Heaven from 1984-1989.
But, the star of the show had a music career as well. Michael Landon got into music before really diving into his work on the television screen. In 1957, he recorded a song called “Gimme A Little Kiss (Will “Ya” Huh).” The song was originally written in the 1920s by Turk, Smith, and Pinkard.
The song did incredibly well for someone testing the musical waters. In September 1957, the song was on the Canadian CHUM chart at number 40. Even though the song was never on the U.S. Hot 100 list in its time, it was still popular in Canada.
Michael Landon was the star of the first show in his career that ultimately launched his career. That show was Bonanza and helped make him incredibly famous. After the fame of the show, “Gimme A Little Kiss (Will “Ya” Huh)” was released. Again, it didn’t chart in the U.S., but Sweden loved the song.
Michael Landon’s Career after His Impressive Musical Endeavor
Ultimately after releasing his song, Michael Landon turned his interests to acting. It is safe to say that he made the correct decision to earn his living. Even though he had a good amount of success with his song, his acting career is far more impressive.
In the following years, Michael Landon began his route to becoming one of the most loved people on television. His roles in Little House on the Prairie and in Highway to Heaven cemented his legacy forever.
Michael Landon had already gotten into acting before releasing “Gimme A Little Kiss (Will “Ya” Huh).” Namely, he got a title role in I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Additionally, the first movie he was in is called Invasion of the Saucer Men, which was released in 1957.