Song of the Day: Vince Guaraldi, “Linus and Lucy”

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the creator of, and for almost 50 years the artist behind, the comic strip Peanuts, would be 99 years old today. He passed away on Frbruary 12, 2000 after a long battle with colon cancer; the final original strip of the series was published the next day. In 1965 Schulz created the Christmas special A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring the music of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. One of the songs written for the special was "Linus and Lucy," which was used in most subsequent Peanuts specials. As the Christmas season begins today (at least in the United States), I thought it was an appropriate song.

20 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Vince Guaraldi, “Linus and Lucy”

  1. Excellent song and my brother has the album of the writer plus I got him a Christmas Snoopy that plays this song. He loved it when he opened it.

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    1. He’s probably best-known for the music for the “Peanuts” specials, but he also did quite a bit of bossa nova, some jazz standards, and he even wrote the music for a Mass at one point. He left a lot of memorable music and recordings behind…

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  2. I remember this familiar song and it is always somehow comforting. one of my favorite musicians, George Winston, was a good friend of Vince’s and he often pays tribute to him and his music,

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