VINCE GUARALDI’S PEANUTS GREATEST HITS RECAPS STORIED COLLABORATION WITH CHARLES M. SCHULZ
Twelve-song compilation contains hits from the Peanuts soundtracks, plus a rare vocal by Guaraldi, with new liner notes by Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang
While the Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi’s music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy Peanuts television and film soundtrack recordings. Charles M. Schulz created the world of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy from his outpost in the Midwestern city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Meanwhile, westward in California, pianist Vince Guaraldi was helping put San Francisco on the jazz map through a series of early recordings with the likes of Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, and Conte Candoli.
In early 1964, when Lee Mendelson began work on a television documentary about the world of Peanuts, he heard Guaraldi’s GRAMMY® Award-winning instrumental hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” on the radio, while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Mendelson knew he’d found precisely the right musical foil for Peanuts. Over the next decade, Guaraldi composed and performed scores for numerous Peanuts TV specials—including the evergreen A Charlie Brown Christmas—along with a feature film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
The Peanuts Greatest Hits, a 12-song survey of some of the most popular music from the Guaraldi Peanuts soundtracks. A vinyl LP releases September 2015, as well.
Track Listing for Peanuts Greatest Hits:
- Linus and Lucy
- Charlie Brown Theme
- Baseball Theme
- Oh, Good Grief
- Happiness Theme
- Little Birdie
- Great Pumpkin Waltz
- Thanksgiving Theme
- Christmas Is Coming
- Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
- Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)
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