THESE HAPPY DAYS ARE YOURS AND MINE
Written by Martin Steers on June 23, 2021
I had the pleasure of chatting to Don Most who is probably best known for his role as Ralph Malph, in the hit US TV show, Happy Days.
The show’s success was down to a contagious feel-good factor, with light hearted comedy, positive characters and a clear moral message each week. Ratings were in excess of 30 million viewers weekly, worldwide, and it was TV that you could watch together as a family.
You probably remember The Fonz (played by Henry Winkler), who reeked of cool; all the guys wanted to be him and all the girls wanted to go out with him! Don played his best mate and was an extremely popular character. He shared their filming schedule and the chemistry between the cast. Even if you are not old enough to remember Happy Days, the magic and charm of the show has been passed down through generations.
Filmed in the 70’s and 80’s but set in 1950’s Milwaukee, the catchy theme song sets the mood, reinforcing the optimistic sentiment, these happy days are yours and mine. Uplifting from the off! Don has gone on to do so many creative pursuits since the heady Happy Days, appearing in TV and film including Glee and Star Trek: The Voyager. He has also directed three feature films which have seen him win an award for The Most Outstanding Achievement In Directing, for his comedy, Moola.
There is no end to his talents as Don Most has the smoothest of singing voices and croons centre stage of a big band. You wouldn’t expect his gentle speaking voice to belt with such deep power. A mesmerising vocal indeed. He has taken his show, Mostly Swinging, to major jazz venues in NYC and LA and received rave reviews.
Don told me about his latest single release, the Sanford-Townsend cover of Smoke From A Distant Fire, which fuses the swing sound, along with a jazzy bluesy feel. Don is a warm, kind and creative soul and a true legend, in every sense. You can catch the interview I had with him on my show, Weekend Calling, and listen to his single, via NLive Radio’s Listen Again feature, here