Cast Your Fate to the Wind

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"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
CastYourFateWind-USsingle.jpg
US 7" single
Single by Vince Guaraldi
from the album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
A-side"Samba de Orpheus"
ReleasedJuly 1962 (U.S.)
Format7" single
GenreJazz
Length2:58
LabelFantasy 563X
Songwriter(s)Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi singles chronology
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
(1962)
"Zelao"
(1963)
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
Single by Sounds Orchestral
from the album Cast Your Fate to the Wind
B-side"To Wendy with Love"
ReleasedFebruary 1965 (U.S.)
GenreJazz rock
Length3:00
LabelParkway 942
Songwriter(s)Vince Guaraldi, Carel Werber
Producer(s)John Schroeder
Sounds Orchestral singles chronology
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
(1965)
"Moonglow"
(1965)

"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is an American jazz instrumental selection by Vince Guaraldi; later, a lyric was written by Carel Werber. It won a Grammy Award for Best Original Jazz Composition in 1963.[1]

It was included on the album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, (credited to the Vince Guaraldi Trio) released by Fantasy Records on April 18, 1962.[2]

Fantasy actually released "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" as the B-side of the bossa nova-flavored "Samba de Orpheus" single. However, U.S. radio disc jockeys preferred the more accessible, catchy "Cast Your Fate to the Wind", propelling it to No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart[3] and No. 9 on the Easy Listening chart.[4] In an effort to exploit the unexpected popularity of the song, Fantasy retitled Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus as Cast Your Fate to the Wind for future album pressings.

On some copies of the album, the label title contained a printing error; it read "Cast Your Faith to the Wind", an unintentionally comic twist to the sentiment of the song.

Peanuts[edit]

Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson cited "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" as the song he heard on the radio that prompted him to commission Guaraldi to compose music cues for the 1963 documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown, which was ultimately not broadcast due to a lack of obtaining sponsorship. The resulting album, Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, proved to be popular enough to retain Guaraldi's services for A Charlie Brown Christmas. The collaboration between Guaraldi and the Peanuts franchise lasted until Guaraldi's untimely death in February 1976 at age 47.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" has been covered by many artists in a wide range of genres, including both male and female solo vocalists, pop, folk, and rock groups, as well as many instrumental performers.

In film[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Best Original Jazz Composition award winners Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" at Billboard.com
  4. ^ "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" at discogs.com Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ Bang, Derrick. Liner notes for A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2017); Kritzerland, Inc. Retrieved 7 May 2020
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 227.
  7. ^ "My American Songbook, Vol. 1 overview". Allmusic.com.
  8. ^ "Nelson Rangell - My American Songbook (Vol. 1)". SmoothViews.com.
  9. ^ They Might Be Giants, The Else Retrieved February 27, 2012.