Vince Guaraldi

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Vince Guaraldi
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Guaraldi in 1964
Born
Vincent Anthony Dellaglio[1]

(1928-07-17)July 17, 1928
DiedFebruary 6, 1976(1976-02-06) (aged 47)
Other names
  • "Dr. Funk"
Education
Occupation
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
  • producer
Spouse(s)
  • Shirley Moskowitz
    (m. 1953; div. 1970)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Piano
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1953–1976
Labels
Associated acts

Vincent Anthony Guaraldi /ɡəˈrældi/ (July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976), born Vincent Anthony Dellaglio, was an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated television adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip including their signature melody, "Linus and Lucy", as well as his performances on piano as a member of Cal Tjader's 1950s ensembles and for his own solo career. His 1962 composition "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" became a radio hit and won a Grammy Award in 1963 for Best Original Jazz Composition.

Early career and Grammy Award[edit]

Guaraldi was born in San Francisco's North Beach area, a place that became very important to his blossoming musical career.[2] His last name changed to "Guaraldi" after his mother, Carmella (née Marcellino), divorced his biological father (whose last name was Dellaglio) and married Tony Guaraldi, who adopted the boy.[1] His maternal uncle was musician, singer, and whistler Muzzy Marcellino. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State College, and served in the United States Army as a cook in the Korean War.

Guaraldi's first recording was made in November 1953 with Cal Tjader and was released early in 1954. The 10-inch LP record was called The Cal Tjader Trio, and included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", and "Lullaby of the Leaves". By 1955, Guaraldi had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly. He then reunited with Tjader in June 1956 and was an integral part of two bands that the vibraphonist assembled. The first band played mainly straight jazz and included Al Torre (drums), Eugene Wright (bass) and Luis Kant (congas and bongos). The second band was formed in the spring of 1958 and included Al McKibbon (bass), Mongo Santamaría (congas and bongos) and Willie Bobo (drums and timbales). Reed men Paul Horn and Jose "Chombo" Silva were also added to the group for certain live performances and recordings.

Guaraldi left the group early in 1959 to pursue his own projects full-time. He might have remained a well-respected, but minor jazz figure had he not written an original number to fill out his covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luis Bonfá tunes on his 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus. Fantasy Records released "Samba de Orpheus" as a single, trying to catch the building bossa nova wave, but it was destined to sink without a trace when radio DJs began flipping it over and playing the B-side, Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind". A gentle, likeable tune, it stood out from everything else on the airwaves and became a grass-roots hit and won the Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. While "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi achieved modest chart success as a single in 1963, a cover version two years later by British group Sounds Orchestral cracked the Billboard top 10 (in the spring of 1965). Guaraldi never minded taking requests to play it when he appeared live. "It's like signing the back of a check", he once remarked. He also said, "I want to write standards, not just hits."[3]

Guaraldi then recorded an album called Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends with guitarist Bola Sete, Fred Marshall (bass) and Jerry Granelli (drums). This began a period of collaboration between Guaraldi and Sete where Guaraldi began experimenting with bossa nova-influenced music as well as with the electric piano. This experimentation may have led to the loss of Fred Marshall, who left the group in 1964 citing "personal differences" after Guaraldi purportedly threw a cup of coffee at Marshall during the 17th Berkeley Jazz Festival.[4] Shortly after this time, Guaraldi was invited to compose a "jazz mass" the Eucharist chorus at the San Francisco Grace Cathedral. Utilizing his Latin influences from his bossa nova days with Sete, Guaraldi composed a number of pieces with waltz tempos and jazz standards. The performance was recorded on May 21, 1965 and released that September on At Grace Cathedral.[5]

Guraldi's relationship with Fantasy Records began to sour by late 1965 as he believed the company was withholding significant royalty payments from him. He sued in April 1966 in an effort to sever all relationships with the label, in which Fantasy promptly countersued.[6] At the same subsequent time, Fantasy executive Saul Zaentz became president in 1967, eventually buying the company from original owners the Weiss brothers in December of that year.[7] The sale of Fantasy Records to Zaentz resulted in both Guaraldi and the label dismissing the twin lawsuits, leaving Guaraldi a free agent.[6] His final album for the label, Live at El Matador, had been released in October 1966. 35 years after Guaraldi's death, Fantasy Records and its parent company Concord Music, were sued by Guaraldi's children for engaging in "a system" of "serving false and deceptive statements while underreporting units sold and underpaying royalties." Their lawsuit, filed in December 2011, claimed a private accountant uncovered a discrepancy of at least $2 million for the years 2005–2010 alone. When asked if the alleged wrongdoing goes back decades further, the Guaraldi family's attorney Alan Neigher responded, "Well, we hope it does."[8]

During the period of flux with Fantasy in 1967, Guaraldi formed his own record label, D&D (named after his children, David and Dia), and released his only album on the label in December 1967, Vince Guaraldi with the San Francisco Boys Chorus.[6]

Compositions for Charles Schulz's Peanuts[edit]

While searching for music to accompany a planned Peanuts documentary, television producer Lee Mendelson heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" on the radio while traveling in a taxicab.[3] Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was put in touch with Guaraldi. He proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special, and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job, performing a version of what became "Linus and Lucy" over the phone two weeks later.[3] The soundtrack was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with drummer Jerry Granelli and bassist Fred Marshall. Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, as well as the 1969 feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown and the unaired television documentary of the same name.[3]

Later years[edit]

Guaraldi's final three albums released during his lifetime were recorded for Warner Bros.-Seven Arts after spending nearly two years trying to extricate himself from Fantasy Records.[9] Warner signed Guaraldi to a three-record deal in early 1968, insisting that his inaugural release consist of Peanuts material. This was done in part to fill the void left by a lack of soundtrack albums to accompany the successful television specials, Charlie Brown's All Stars!, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, You're in Love, Charlie Brown and He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown. Guaraldi responded with new renditions of eight of his most popular scores from those programs on his first release, Oh Good Grief!.[9]

Guaraldi was then given complete artistic control over his sophomore, self-produced Warner effort, The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi, resulting in an unfocused and overindulgent album that was not well received by both critics and consumers.[2] At Warner's insistence, arranger Shorty Rogers was recruited to produce Guaraldi's final album, Alma-Ville. Though deemed a focused improvement over the previous album, Warner lost interest in Guaraldi and did not promote the album, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts did not retain Guaraldi after the end of their three-record deal. Both The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi and Alma-Ville fell into obscurity, with Oh Good Grief! being a steady seller due to the perpetual popularity of the Peanuts franchise.[2]

After working on the soundtrack for the Peanuts feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Guaraldi ceased releasing any new material.[2] In his review of The Complete Warner Bros.–Seven Arts Recordings, The Recoup critic Joseph Kyle lamented, "frustrated and unable to secure a record deal, he spent the remainder of his life as a live performer, recording more soundtrack material, and banking on the goodwill his Peanuts compositions earned him."[10] Guaraldi's sound also evolved into a more fusion jazz/rock sound, as he largely traded the piano for Hammond B-3 and Fender Rhodes electric keyboards. His live performances included musicians that specialized in funk and soul as well as traditional jazz.[11] Posthumous releases Oaxaca (recorded in 1971) and Live on the Air (recorded in February 1974) feature live performances recorded during this period of transition.[11][2]

All Peanuts soundtracks scored after Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971) feature Guaraldi favoring electric keyboards over traditional piano as well. You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975), Guaraldi's penultimate music score, fused his fusion jazz style with the funk, disco and pop music that was popular at the time coupled with the use of the ARP String Ensemble synthesizer.[2]

Guaraldi biographer and historian Derrick Bang put the musician's later years in perspective, saying, "As jazz clubs were closing in the 1960s, with the advent of rock 'n' roll—a development that put many jazz musicians out of work—Guaraldi embraced the enemy, adjusting his style and approach to include electric keyboards. By the mid-'70s, he had become a respected veteran in what remained of the declining Northern California jazz club scene."[12]

Death[edit]

Guaraldi died at age 47 on February 6, 1976.[13] The evening before, he had dined at Peanuts producer Lee Mendelson's home and was reportedly not feeling well, complaining of indigestion-like chest discomfort. The following evening, after concluding the first set at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, California, with his interpretation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", Guaraldi and drummer Jim Zimmerman returned to the room in which they were staying that weekend at the adjacent Red Cottage Inn, to relax before the next set. Zimmerman commented, "He was walking across the room and just collapsed. That was it." His cause of death has been variously described as a heart attack or an aortic aneurysm. Guaraldi had just finished recording the soundtrack for It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown earlier that afternoon.

Guaraldi's death was a blow to his colleagues. "It was totally unexpected", said Mendelson. "The day of his funeral, they played the Charlie Brown music over the sound system in the church. It was not an easy day; he was so young. It was one of the saddest days of my life. He was up to my house the night before [his death], and said he had not been feeling well, and didn't know what it was." Peanuts animator Bill Meléndez added, "He was a real good guy and we miss him."[14] He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California.

Personal[edit]

Guaraldi married high school girlfriend Shirley Moskowitz on February 1, 1953; they divorced on December 8, 1970.[15] The union produced two children: David Anthony Guaraldi (b. August 11, 1955) and Dia Lisa (b. February 16, 1960).[2] Guaraldi also had a long-term affair with Gretchen Glanzer, with whom he appeared on the cover of his 1964 album, The Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi.[15]

Legacy[edit]

A book-length biography of Guaraldi was published in March 2012. Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, by author and Guaraldi archivist Derrick Bang, chronicles Guaraldi's career and role in the Northern California jazz scene, and also includes a complete discography and filmography, as well as an appendix of quotations from Guaraldi's former sidemen.[2]

Some of Guaraldi's Peanuts compositions have been recorded by Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, and other jazz musicians.

Jazz musician David Benoit has often credited Guaraldi and the original Peanuts Christmas special music for his interest in jazz.[16] In 1985, Benoit recorded a cover of Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" for an album called This Side Up, which enjoyed considerable radio airplay and helped launch the smooth jazz genre. He released "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" on the album Waiting for Spring in 1989.

Pianist George Winston released a Guaraldi tribute album in 1996 titled Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi.[17][18][19] Winston performed many Peanuts songs that had not been released by Guaraldi. "I love his melodies and his chord progressions", Winston said of Guaraldi. "He has a really personal way of doing voicings."[20] The album was very successful, leading Winston to record a follow-up, titled Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Volume 2, released in early 2010.[21] In 2003, a live performance of the eight-part "Charlie Brown Suite" was released on the album The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites.

In his review of The Definitive Vince Guaraldi (2009), All About Jazz critic David Rickert credited Guaraldi for introducing many to the world of jazz music "before we even knew what it was. [Guaraldi]'s soundtracks for the Peanuts television specials were a novel idea in cartoon scoring, yet seemed to perfectly fit the deceptively sophisticated adventures of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. His originals were some of the best jazz to come from the West Coast scene and a tribute to what can happen when a great muse hits a gifted composer."[22]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Vince Guaraldi studio albums
Year released Title Label Personnel/Notes
1956 Modern Music from San Francisco Fantasy Trio (select tracks); with Eddie Duran (guitar), Ron Crotty (bass); some tracks quartet, with Jerry Dodgion (alto sax), Eugene Wright (bass), John Markham (drums); includes additional tracks without Guaraldi;[23] recorded August 1955; re-issued on CD with The Charlie Mariano Sextet as The Jazz Scene: San Francisco[24]
1956 Vince Guaraldi Trio Fantasy Trio; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Dean Reilly (bass); recorded April 1956[24][25]
1958 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing Fantasy Trio; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Dean Reilly (bass); recorded on April 16, 1957[24][26]
1962 Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus Fantasy Trio; with Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums); recorded November 1961, February 1962;[24] also known as Cast Your Fate to the Wind: Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus[27]
1964 Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends Fantasy Trio; with Fred Marshall (bass guitar), Jerry Granelli (drums); additional: Bola Sete (guitar); recorded August 1963[24][28]
1964 The Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi Fantasy Sextet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Fred Marshall (bass), Jerry Granelli (drums), Bill Fitch (congas), Benny Valarde (percussion); recorded mid-1963[24][29]
1964 Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown Fantasy Trio; with Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums); re-released as A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Original Television Soundtrack)[24][30]
1965 From All Sides Fantasy Quintet; with Monty Budwig, Fred Marshall (bass), Jerry Granelli, Nick Martinis (drums); additional: Bola Sete (guitar)[24][31]
1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas Fantasy Trio; with Fred Marshall (bass), Jerry Granelli (drums); various others on some tracks; reissued with extra material as A Charlie Brown Christmas (Original Recordings Remastered)[24][32]
1967 Vince Guaraldi with the San Francisco Boys Chorus D&D Quintet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Tom Beeson, Kelly Bryan, Roland Haynes (bass), Lee Charlton, John Rae (drums); Vince Guaraldi Consort: John Gray (guitar), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Ronald Lang (woodwinds), Monty Budwig (bass), John Rae (drums)[24][33]
1968 Oh Good Grief! Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Quartet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Stanley Gilbert (bass), Carl Burnett (drums)[34]
1969 The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Octet; with Eddie Duran, Robert Addison (electric guitars), Peter Marshall (bass), Bob Maize, Jim McCabe (electric bass), Jerry Granelli, Al Coster (drums)[24][35]
1969 Alma-Ville Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Quartet; with Eddie Duran, Herb Ellis (guitars), Sebastio Nero (bass guitar), Kelly Bryan, Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey, Dom Um Romao, Al Coster (drums), Rubens Bassini (percussion)[24][36]
1970 A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Selections from the Film Soundtrack Columbia Masterworks Nonet; with Conte Candoli (trumpet), Milton Bernhart (trombone), Herb Ellis (guitar), Monty Budwig, Peter Marshall (bass), Jack Sperling, Jerry Granelli (drums), Victor Feldman (percussion); music and dialogue version (no longer in print); nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score[24]
2017 A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Kritzerland Nonet; with Conte Candoli (trumpet), Milton Bernhart (trombone), Herb Ellis (guitar), Monty Budwig, Peter Marshall (bass), Jack Sperling, Jerry Granelli (drums), Victor Feldman (percussion); complete soundtrack[37]; limited released of 1,000 copies[38]
2018 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Music from the Soundtrack Craft Recordings Sextet; with Emanuel Klein (trumpet), John Gray (guitar), Ronald Lang (woodwinds), Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums)[24][39]
Vince Guaraldi compilation albums
Year released Title Label Personnel/Notes
1964 Jazz Impressions Fantasy features tracks from Vince Guaraldi Trio and A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing[24][40]
1980 Greatest Hits Fantasy Trio[24][41]
1998 Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits Fantasy Trio; features previously released tracks from Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas plus unreleased music cues from A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) and Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975); version of "Joe Cool" included is not a Guaraldi song; it is a composite of two music cues composed by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (CBS, 1983-85)[24][42]
2003 The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites RCA/Bluebird Sextet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Fred Marshall, Peter Marshall (basses), John Waller, Bob Belanski (drums); ; mix of unreleased live and studio-based tracks; "The Charlie Brown Suite" recorded live with Amici Della Musica at Mr. D's, San Francisco, California, May 18, 1969[24][43]
2004 Oaxaca D&D Quartet; with Vince Denham (saxophone), Koji Kataoka (bass), Mike Clark (drums); mix of unreleased live and studio-based tracks; live tracks recorded at In Your Ear Jazz Club in Palo Alto, California and The Matrix in San Francisco, California[24][44]
2006 North Beach D&D Quartet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Seward McCain (acoustic bass), Peter Marshall (electric bass), Al Coster, Jerry Granelli, Eliot Zigmund (drums); mix of unreleased live and studio-based tracks[24][45]
2007 Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials D&D Sextet; with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Chuck Bennett (trombone), Pat O'Hara (flute), Seward McCain (bass), Mike Clark, Glenn Cronkite, Mark Rosengarden (drums); includes music cues from Play It Again, Charlie Brown (1971), You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972), There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973) and You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975)[24][46]
2008 Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2 D&D Sextet; with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Chuck Bennett (trombone), Pat O'Hara (flute), Seward McCain, Peter Marshall (bass), Mike Clark, Glenn Cronkite, Mark Rosengarden, Al Coster (drums); includes music cues from You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972), There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown (1973), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973), It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (1974), It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (1974) and Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)[24][47]
2009 Essential Standards Concord/Original Jazz Classics[48]
2009 The Definitive Vince Guaraldi Fantasy/Concord[49][50]
2010 Peanuts Portraits Fantasy/Concord version of "Sally's Blues" included is not a Guaraldi song; it is music cue composed by Ed Bogas and Desirée Goyette for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (CBS, 1983-85), often associated with Marcie rather than Sally[24][51]
2012 The Very Best of Vince Guaraldi Fantasy/Concord[52]
2015 Peanuts Greatest Hits Fantasy/Concord[53]
2018 The Complete Warner Bros.–Seven Arts Recordings Omnivore Recordings Includes Guaraldi's final three studio albums: Oh Good Grief! (remastered), The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi and Alma-Ville[24][54]
Vince Guaraldi live albums
Year released Title Label Personnel/Notes
1963 In Person Fantasy Quintet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Fred Marshall (bass), Colin Bailey (drums), Benny Valarde (percussion); recorded live at the Trident, Sausalito, California on December 4, 1962[24][55]
1965 At Grace Cathedral Fantasy Trio; with Tom Breeson (bass), Lee Charlton (drums); recorded live at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California on May 21, 1965[24][56]
1966 Live at El Matador Fantasy Trio; with Tom Beeson (bass), Lee Charlton (drums); additional: Bola Sete (guitar); recorded live at the El Matador, San Francisco, California, Spring 1965[24][57]
2001 Jazz Casual: Paul Winter/Bola Sete and Vince Guaraldi Koch Jazz Trio; with Fred Marshall (bass), Jerry Granelli (drums), television recording; originally broadcast on September 25, 1963[24]
2008 Live on the Air D&D Trio; with Seward McCain (electric bass), Eliot Zigmund (drums); recorded live at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California, February 6, 1974[24][58]
2010 The Navy Swings: Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete V.A.G. Publishing Trio; with Tom Beeson (bass), Lee Charlton (drums); additional: Bola Sete (guitar); recorded live in Summer 1965[24]
2011 An Afternoon with the Vince Guaraldi Quartet V.A.G. Publishing Quartet; with Eddie Duran (guitar), Andy Acosta (bass), Al Coster (drums); recorded live at the Old Town Theater, Los Gatos, California, October 17-29, 1967[24]

Additional sources:[59][60]

Chart entries[edit]

Charting singles by Vince Guaraldi
Title Peak chart positions Album
Hot
100
MOR Holiday
100
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" 22[61] 9[61] Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
"Linus and Lucy" 17[62] Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown
"O Tannenbaum" 29[63] A Charlie Brown Christmas: Original Soundtrack
"Christmas Time Is Here" 17[64]

As sideman[edit]

  • 1953 The Cal Tjader Trio (Guaraldi's first recorded session)
  • 1956 Introducing Gus Mancuso (w / Cal Tjader)
  • 1957 Jazz at the Blackhawk (Cal Tjader Quartet)
  • 1957 Cal Tjader (Cal Tjader Quartet)
  • 1957 Conte Candoli Quartet
  • 1957 Frank Rosolino Quintet
  • 1958 Mas Ritmo Caliente (Cal Tjader)
  • 1958 Cal Tjader-Stan Getz Sextet (all-star studio session that includes a long version of Guaraldi's piece "Ginza")
  • 1958 Latin Concert (Cal Tjader Quintet – another all-star group with Mongo Santamaría, Willie Bobo and Al McKibbon)
  • 1959 A Night at the Blackhawk (Cal Tjader Sextet)
  • 1959 Latin For Lovers (Cal Tjader with Strings)
  • 1959 Tjader Goes Latin (Cal Tjader)
  • 1959 West Coast Jazz in Hifi (Richie Kamuca / Bill Holman)
  • 1959 Latinsville! (Victor Feldman)
  • 1960 Little Band Big Jazz (The Conte Candoli All Stars)
  • 1974 Jimmy Witherspoon & Ben Webster — Previously Unissued Recordings (1960s session from Verve Records archive; the Black Orpheus incarnation of Guaraldi's trio supports the two leaders)
  • 2008 Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980 (Guaraldi performs on four tracks in 1958 with Cal Tjader's group featuring Santamaria, Bobo, McKibbon, and guest clarinetist Buddy DeFranco at the festival's inaugural year)
  • 2012 The Cal Tjader Quintet Live at Club Macumba San Francisco 1956 (Previously unreleased live performance with the Cal Tjader Quintet, featuring between-session audio)

Albums showcasing or featuring Guaraldi's music[edit]

Peanuts soundtrack list[edit]

Peanuts television specials featuring Guaraldi's work
Year released Title Personnel Soundtrack availability Notes
1964 A Boy Named Charlie Brown (documentary) Trio; with Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums)[24] Jazz Impressions of A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964)[24][30] Unaired television documentary
1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas Trio; with Fred Marshall (double bass), Jerry Granelli (drums)[24] A Charlie Brown Christmas (soundtrack) (1965)
1966 Charlie Brown's All Stars! Sextet (personnel unknown)[65] Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits (1998)
1966 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Sextet; with John Gray (guitar), Ronald Lang (woodwinds), Emmanuel Klein (trumpet), Monty Budwig (bass), Colin Bailey (drums)[65] It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Music from the Soundtrack (2018)
1967 You're in Love, Charlie Brown Sextet; with John Gray (guitar), Ronald Lang (woodwinds), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Monty Budwig (bass), John Rae (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi with the San Francisco Boys Chorus (1967) "Peppermint Patty" released as B-side of "Eleanor Rigby" single
1968 He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown Quintet; with John Gray (guitar), Frank Strozier (alto saxophone), Ralph Peña (bass), Colin Bailey (drums)[65]
1969 Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz Television documentary
1969 It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown Octet; with Herb Ellis (guitar), Monty Budwig (bass), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Pete Candoli (trumpet), Frank Rosolino (trombone), Victor Feldman (percussion), Jack Sperling (drums)[65]
1971 Play It Again, Charlie Brown Unknown[6] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials (2007)
1972 You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown Quintet; with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Pat O'Hara (flute), Seward McCain (bass), Glenn Cronkhite (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials
Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2 (2008)
1973 There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown Quintet with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Pat O'Hara (flute), Seward McCain (bass), Glenn Cronkhite (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials
Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2
1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Quintet; with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Chuck Bennett (trombone), Seward McCain (bass), Mike Clark (drums)[65] Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits
The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites (2003)
Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials
Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2
Peanuts Portraits (2010)
1974 It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown Quartet; with Tom Harrell (trumpet), Seward McCain (bass), Eliot Zigmund, Mike Clark (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2
1974 It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown Trio; with Seward McCain (bass), Eliot Zigmund (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2
1975 Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Trio; with Seward McCain (bass), Vince Lateano (drums)[65] Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits
Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials, Volume 2
1975 You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown Trio; with Seward McCain (bass), Mark Rosengarden (drums)[65] Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues from the Charlie Brown Television Specials
1976 It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown Trio; with Seward McCain (bass), Jim Zimmerman (drums)[65] Televised six weeks after Guaraldi's death
Peanuts films featuring Guaraldi's work
Year released Title Personnel Soundtrack availability
1969 A Boy Named Charlie Brown Nonet; with Conte Candoli (trumpet), Milton Bernhart (trombone), Herb Ellis (guitar), Monty Budwig, Peter Marshall (bass), Victor Feldman (percussion), Jack Sperling, Jerry Granelli (drums)[65] A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Selections from the Film Soundtrack (1970, music + dialogue version)
A Boy Named Charlie Brown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2017)[37][38]

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