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Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976) was an American jazz musician and pianist best known for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State College, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War.

In his first serious gig, he had to fill in for Art Tatum.

His first recording was made in November of 1951 and came out early in 1953. The early 10 inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, which included the tunes "Chopsticks Mambo," "Vibra-Tharpe," and "Lullaby of the Leaves." By 1955, Guaraldi had put together his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly. He then reunited with Cal Tjader in June, 1956 and was an integral part of two great bands that the vibraphonist assembled. The first band played mainly straight jazz and included Al Torre on drums, Eugene Wright on bass and Luis Kant on congas and bongos. The second band was formed in the spring of 1958 and included Al Mckibbon on bass, Mongo Santamaria on congas and bongos and Willie Bobo on 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 in order to pursue his own projects full time. Though he was best known for composing the music for the popular animated Peanuts television holiday specials, he was a Grammy award-winning jazz pianist prior to the Peanuts series. Nevertheless, his most recognized tune is "Linus and Lucy" from A Charlie Brown Christmas, a song which is known by fans worldwide as the musical signature of the Peanuts franchise.

Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" won a Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. The track appears on the 1962 album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 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).

Song Title Arrangements Image
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Concert Band 29
Concert Band, Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, Violin, Baritone, Percussion, Drums
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Concert Band
A Day In The Life Of A Fool (Manha De Carnaval) 15
Ukulele, PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Lyrics & Chords, Guitar TAB, Lead Sheet, Real Book, SATB, SAB
A Day In The Life Of A Fool (Manha De Carnaval)
A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 4
Piano, Real Book
A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) 76
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Accordion, Guitar TAB, SATB, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Lead Sheet, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Viola, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Violin, Real Book
Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)
Baseball Theme (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown) (Album: A Boy Named Charlie Brown) 3
Piano
Baseball Theme (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown)
Better When I'm Dancin' 8
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, SATB, SAB
Better When Im Dancin
Blue Charlie Brown (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown) (Album: A Boy Named Charlie Brown) 5
Piano, Ukulele
Blue Charlie Brown (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown)
Blues For Peanuts 1
Piano
Blues For Peanuts
Calling Dr. Funk 1
Piano
Calling Dr. Funk
Camptown Races 15
Piano, Vocal, Lead Sheet, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Guitar TAB
Camptown Races
Cast Your Fate To The Wind 9
Piano, Lead Sheet, Real Book, PVG, Vocal, Guitar
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Jazz Ensemble (John Berry) 20
Jazz Ensemble, Trombone, Trumpet, Piano, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Drums, Baritone Saxophone, Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Jazz Ensemble
Charlie Brown Theme (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown) (Album: A Boy Named Charlie Brown) 10
Piano, Ukulele, Lead Sheet
Charlie Brown Theme (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown)
Charlie's Blues (Vince Guaraldi) 2
Piano
Charlies Blues
Christmas Is Coming (Vince Guaraldi) 8
Piano, Ukulele
Christmas Is Coming
Christmas Is Coming - Jazz Ensemble 25
Jazz Ensemble, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vibraphone, Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba
Christmas Is Coming - Jazz Ensemble
Christmas Time Is Here - Choir Instrumental Pak 11
Choir Instrumental Pak, Percussion, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Christmas Time Is Here - Choir Instrumental Pak
Christmas Time Is Here - Jazz Ensemble 25
Jazz Ensemble, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vibraphone, Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Tuba, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet
Christmas Time Is Here - Jazz Ensemble
Christmas Time Is Here - Orchestra 9
Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Percussion
Christmas Time Is Here - Orchestra
Christmas Time Is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas) 77
Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Accordion, PVG, SATB, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, Violin, Lead Sheet, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, Flute, Trombone, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Cello, Ocarina, Real Book
Christmas Time Is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) 46
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, Lyrics & Chords, Violin, Real Book, Trombone, French Horn, Lead Sheet, Cello, Viola, Marimba
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
Days Of Wine And Roses 32
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Lead Sheet, Guitar TAB, Ukulele, Double Bass, Real Book
Days Of Wine And Roses
El Matador 1
Piano
El Matador
Fascinating Rhythm 25
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Real Book, Lead Sheet, Guitar TAB, Alto Saxophone, Ukulele
Fascinating Rhythm
Fenwyck's Farfel 1
Piano
Fenwycks Farfel
First Day At MU 1
Piano
First Day At MU
Freeway 1
Piano
Freeway
Frieda (With The Naturally Curly Hair) 3
Piano
Frieda (With The Naturally Curly Hair)
Fur Elise 64
Piano, Lyrics & Chords, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Accordion, Trombone, Viola, Violin, French Horn, Trumpet, Guitar TAB, Tenor Saxophone, Guitar, Banjo, Lead Sheet, Cello, Woodwind Solo
Fur Elise
Ginza Samba 2
Piano, Real Book
Ginza Samba
Greensleeves (What Child Is This) 136
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Organ, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Cello, Real Book, Violin, SATB, Trumpet, Flute, Trombone, French Horn, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, SAB, Lead Sheet, Ocarina, Woodwind Ensemble
Greensleeves
Happiness Theme 7
Piano, Ukulele
Happiness Theme
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 125
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Lead Sheet, Trumpet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Violin, String Quartet, Viola, Cello, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Recorder, Unison, SATB, Trombone, French Horn, SAB, Real Book, Banjo, Ocarina
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Heartburn Waltz 2
Piano
Heartburn Waltz
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (from Snoopy) 4
Piano, Ukulele
Hes Your Dog, Charlie Brown (from Snoopy)
It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown 1
Piano
It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown
It's Raining, It's Pouring 4
Lyrics & Chords, Piano, Lead Sheet
Its Raining, Its Pouring
Jazz Combo Pak #47 (Charlie Brown Christmas) (arr. Mark Taylor) - Jazz Ensemble 7
Jazz Ensemble, Piano, Guitar, Drums
Jazz Combo Pak #47 (Charlie Brown Christmas) (arr. Mark Taylor) - Jazz Ensemble
Jitterbug Waltz 4
Piano, Real Book
Jitterbug Waltz
Joe Cool 4
Piano, Ukulele, PVG, Vocal, Guitar
Joe Cool
Linus And Lucy - Jazz Ensemble 6
Jazz Ensemble, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Linus And Lucy - Jazz Ensemble
Linus And Lucy - Orchestra 10
Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, Percussion
Linus And Lucy - Orchestra
Linus And Lucy - Part 1 - Jazz Ensemble 2
Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Linus And Lucy - Part 1 - Jazz Ensemble
Linus And Lucy - Part 2 - Jazz Ensemble 2
Jazz Ensemble, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet
Linus And Lucy - Part 2 - Jazz Ensemble
Linus And Lucy - Part 3 - Jazz Ensemble 3
Jazz Ensemble, Alto Saxophone, Trombone
Linus And Lucy - Part 3 - Jazz Ensemble
Linus And Lucy - Part 4 - Jazz Ensemble 2
Jazz Ensemble, Trombone
Linus And Lucy - Part 4 - Jazz Ensemble
Linus And Lucy (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown) (Album: A Boy Named Charlie Brown) 35
Piano, Guitar TAB, SAB, Vocal, SATB, Lead Sheet, Guitar, Ukulele, Marimba
Linus And Lucy (from A Boy Named Charlie Brown)
Linus and Lucy 1
Piano
Linus and Lucy
Little Birdie (Vince Guaraldi) 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Little Birdie
Love Will Come (Vince Guaraldi) 7
Piano, Ukulele
Love Will Come
Moon River (from Breakfast At Tiffany's) 96
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Accordion, SAB, SATB, Lead Sheet, Flute, Guitar TAB, Cello, Clarinet, Recorder, Ukulele, Violin, Lyrics & Chords, Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Real Book, Harmonica, Trumpet
Moon River (from Breakfast At Tiffanys)
Mr. Lucky 7
Piano, Guitar, Real Book
Mr. Lucky
My Little Drum 4
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar
My Little Drum
Never Never Land 11
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Ukulele, Real Book, Lead Sheet
Never Never Land
O Tannenbaum (A Charlie Brown Christmas) 14
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB
O Tannenbaum
Oh, Good Grief 9
Piano, Real Book
Oh, Good Grief
On Green Dolphin Street 31
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Organ, Guitar TAB, Viola, French Horn, Clarinet, Cello, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin, Flute, Trombone, Lead Sheet, SATB
On Green Dolphin Street
Peppermint Patty 5
Piano, Ukulele
Peppermint Patty
Rain, Rain, Go Away 4
Piano, Ukulele
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Red Baron (Vince Guaraldi) 5
Piano, Ukulele
Red Baron
Remembrance (In Remembrance Of Me) 1
Piano
Remembrance (In Remembrance Of Me)
Samba De Orfeu (Sweet Happy Life) 9
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Lyrics & Chords, Lead Sheet, Real Book
Samba De Orfeu
Schroeder 5
Piano, Ukulele
Schroeder
Skating 14
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Ukulele, Guitar TAB
Skating
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise 17
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Lyrics & Chords, Bass Guitar, SATB, Real Book, Tenor Saxophone, Lead Sheet, Alto Saxophone
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Star Song (Vince Guaraldi) 2
Piano, Real Book
Star Song
Surfin' Snoopy 4
Piano, Ukulele
Surfin Snoopy
Thanksgiving Theme 4
Piano
Thanksgiving Theme
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 105
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Lead Sheet, Ocarina, SATB, SAB, Banjo, Real Book, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Cello, Viola, Tenor Saxophone
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
The Girl From Ipanema (Garôta De Ipanema) 72
Piano, Accordion, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, SATB, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, Drums, Violin, Lead Sheet, Trombone, French Horn, Real Book, Cello, Viola
The Girl From Ipanema (Garôta De Ipanema)
The Great Pumpkin Waltz 10
Piano, Ukulele
The Great Pumpkin Waltz
The Pebble Beach Theme 3
Piano
The Pebble Beach Theme
Theme To Grace 1
Piano
Theme To Grace
Work Song (Nina Simone) 7
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Real Book, Trumpet
Work Song
You're In Love, Charlie Brown 8
Piano, Ukulele
Youre In Love, Charlie Brown