Sunday, 12 February 2017

Vince Guaraldi - an in-depth guide to his scores for the early Charlie Brown animated specials

During the early part of 2016 I found myself drawn into further investigating the exact origins of the music that Vince Guaraldi recorded especially for the various Charlie Brown TV specials and documentaries, as originally aired during the 1960s and early 1970s, with the aim of trying to locate which cues had actually appeared on various compilation CDs.

The results were a surprise, to say the least!

Although it was known that some of the more recent CD's had inaccurate track listings and/or annotation, even that didn't tell the whole story, and even more exciting was discovery that two other non Charlie Brown albums also contained additional a track each that had actually featured on the TV shows.

Once I was sure that I'd gone as far as I could with all the cross-referencing, and having failed to locate the source of the final classical piece of music (possibly it isn't by Beethoven as a couple of other cues were also by other classical composers), I passed the information over to Peanuts author Derrick Bang for potential inclusion, in some form, on his excellent, in-depth Five Cents Please website.

Fortunately, Derrick didn't bat an eyelid at the density of the information I ended up with - as illustrated below - and is about to finish incorporating the information from these spreadsheets on to his website (, asking me the other night if I could post up the original spreadsheets here, which I've been more than happy to do. As I couldn't see a way to load PDF's on to here, I've had to make numbered jpegs from each individual page instead.

Here's hoping more Guaraldi TV classics surfaces on CD soon!

In the meantime, please find the two indices directly below.

The first run of pages that follows attempts to codify almost all of the music used on each special that Guaraldi was involved in before his untimely death...

Page 1 - A Boy Named Charlie Brown:

Page 2 - A Charlie Brown Christmas (first sheet):

Page 3 - A Charlie Brown Christmas (second sheet):

Page 4 - Charlie Brown's All-Stars:

Page 5 - It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown:

Page 6 - You're in Love, Charlie Brown:

Page 7 - He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown:

Page 8 - Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz:

Page 9 - It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown:

Page 10 - A Boy Named Charlie Brown (feature film):

Page 11 - Play it Again, Charlie Brown:

Page 12 - You're not Elected, Charlie Brown:

Page 13 - There's no Time for Love, Charlie Brown:

Page 14 - A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:

Page 15 - It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown:

Page 16 - It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown:

Page 17 - Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown:

Page 18 - You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown:

Page 19 - It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (final page):

This second, and final guide, presents a chronological album-by-album guide to the Charlie Brown TV music as it can presently be found scattered across the many, and varied, Vince Guaraldi CDs issued over the past decade or so...

Album 1 - A Boy Named Charlie Brown (CBS Special Soundtrack):

Album 2 - A Charlie Brown Christmas:

Album 3 - Vince Guaraldi with the San Francisco Boys' Chorus... plus
Album 4 - Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits (first sheet):

Album 4 - Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits (second sheet):

Album 5 - The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites:

Album 6 - Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues... (Volume 1):

Album 7 - Vince Guaraldi and the Lost Cues... (Volume 2):

Album 8 - The Definitive Vince Guaraldi (first sheet):

Album 9 - The Definitive Vince Guaraldi (second sheet):

Album 10 - Peanuts Portraits - the Classic Character Themes (final page of index):

Hope you find something in here useful :-)

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