Facts about Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi Biography
Vince Guaraldi described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie piano player,” but he is better known as the composer of cheery jazz music for the Charlie Brown television specials of the 1960s and 1970s. Guaraldi came up through the beatnik-era San Francisco music scene of the 1950s, eventually forming a succession of jazz trios. His 1962 recording “Cast Your Fate To the Wind” was a surprise hit on national pop music charts. He recorded with Cal Tjader and Bola Sete among many others. Despite his successes in pure jazz, Guaraldi is remembered for his scores for the “Peanuts” animated TV specials, beginning with A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.
Guaraldi’s trio filled in for the Stanford Band at halftime of the 1963 Stanford-Oregon football game.
Something in Common with Vince Guaraldi
- Composers born in California (2)
- Musicians born in California (55)
- Musicians born in the United States (414)
- Cancer Musicians (36)
4 Good Links
- Great lengthy piece about Guaraldi's life
- 1998 Dallas Observer story on the making of the Charlie Brown Christmas album
- Album blurbs from the jazz label (formerly Fantasy)
- Professional bio and notes on his career