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Vince Guaraldi (1928–1976)

Born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928, Vince Guaraldi graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi was already performing while in college in such venues as the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the Chubby Jackson/Bill Harris band, other times in combos with Sonny Criss and Bill Harris. He did ... See full bio »

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 2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Channing Tatum/John Boyega/Young People's Chorus of New York City (2015) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
 2015 The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure (Video Game) (writer: "Linus and Lucy")
 2015 The Peanuts Movie (writer: "Skating", "Linus and Lucy", "Christmas Time Is Here")
 2014 A Very SpaghettiBicycle Christmas Collab (Video short) (writer: "Christmastime is Here (Instrumental)")
 2014 The Sugarcube Critic (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Boast Busters (2014) ... (writer: "Skating")
 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street (writer: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind")
  Arrested Development (TV Series) (music - 4 episodes, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2004)
- Off the Hook (2013) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
- It Gets Better (2013) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
- A New Start (2013) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
- Flight of the Phoenix (2013) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
- Good Grief! (2004) ... (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here")
  Elementary (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2013) (writer - 1 episode, 2013)
- Snow Angels (2013) ... (performer: "Ginza Samba") / (writer: "Ginza Samba")
 2012 Parenthood (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- What to My Wondering Eyes (2012) ... (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version) " - uncredited)
 2012 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #20.83 (2012) ... (writer: "Linus and Lucy" - uncredited)
 2008-2012 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Moe Goes from Rags to Riches (2012) ... (writer: "The Great Pumpkin Waltz")
- Treehouse of Horror XIX (2008) ... (writer: "Linus and Lucy" - uncredited)
 2011 Perfect Therapy (Short) (writer: "Bon Voyage")
 2011 The Office (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Wishes (2011) ... (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version)")
 2010 Psych (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Polarizing Express (2010) ... (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
 2010 Nostalgia Critic (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- It (2010) ... (music: "Linus and Lucy" - uncredited)
  Breaking Bad (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2010) (writer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Sunset (2010) ... (performer: "Ginza Samba" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ginza Samba" - uncredited)
 2010 Multiple Sarcasms (performer: "Linus and Lucy", "O Tannenbaum") / (writer: "Linus and Lucy", "O Tannenbaum")
 2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Holidaze (2009) ... (music: "Christmas Time Is Here" - uncredited)
 2009 Last Flowers (Short) (arranger: "Christmas Time Is Here")
 2007 Fred Claus (writer: "Christmastime Is Here")
 2007 Midnight Son (Short) (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here")
 2006 Running with Scissors (arranger: "O Tannenbaum" (1824)) / (writer: "My Little Drum" (1965))
 2006 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (TV Special) (writer: "Linus and Lucy", "Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)" - uncredited)
 2003 I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (TV Movie) (writer: "Linus and Lucy", "Christmas Time Is Here", "Skating" - uncredited)
 2001 The Royal Tenenbaums (writer: "Christmas Time Is Here")
 2000 Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Linus and Lucy", "Charlie Brown Theme", "Joe Cool", "Christmas Time is Here", "Oh, Good Grief", "Pebble Beach", "Baseball Theme", "Blue Charlie Brown")
 2000 Cast Away (performer: "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing")
 2000 It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (TV Movie) (writer: "Charlie Brown Theme", "Oh, Good Grief", "Linus and Lucy")
 2000 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bust-Out (2000) ... (writer: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind")
 1998 That '70s Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Best Christmas Ever (1998) ... (performer: "Christmas Time is Here")
 1997 It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown! (Video short) (writer: "Linus and Lucy")
 1994 Bottle Rocket (Short) (performer: "Skating", "Happiness Is") / (writer: "Skating", "Happiness Is")
 1990 You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown! (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Linus and Lucy", "Little Birdie", "Joe Cool", "Red Baron", "The Great Pumpkin Waltz", "Rain, Rain, Go Away")
 1988 The In Crowd (writer: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind")
 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam (writer: "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" - as Guaraldi)
 1986 Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown (Short) (writer: "Linus And Lucy")
 1978 Good Old Days Part II (TV Special) (writer: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind")
 1978 What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! (TV Movie) (writer: "Linus and Lucy" - uncredited)
 1977 The Carpenters at Christmas (TV Special) (writer: "Christmas Time is Here")
 1974 It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown (TV Movie) (music: "Little Birdie" - uncredited)
 1973 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (TV Special) (lyrics: "Little Birdie") / (music: "Charlie Brown Blues", "Thanksgiving Theme", "Peppermint Patty', "Little Birdie", "Is It James or Charlie?", "Linus and Lucy") / (performer: "Little Birdie")
 1969 It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (TV Movie) (music: "Charlie Brown Theme", "Linus and Lucy", "Oh, Good Grief", "Schroeder", "Peppermint Patty", "Pebble Beach" - uncredited)
 1966 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (TV Special) (arranger: "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary", "There's a Long, Long Trail", "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!", "Roses of Picardy") / (performer: "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary", "There's a Long, Long Trail", "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!", "Roses of Picardy")
 1966 Charlie Brown's All Stars! (TV Movie) (performer: "Charlie's Run", "Charlie Brown's All-Stars", "Baseball Theme", "Oh, Good Grief", "Surfin' Snoopy", "Pebble Beach", "Rain, Rain, Go Away") / (writer: "Charlie's Run", "Charlie Brown's All-Stars", "Baseball Theme", "Oh, Good Grief", "Surfin' Snoopy", "Pebble Beach", "Rain, Rain, Go Away")
 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV Movie) (music: "Christmas Time Is Here", "Skating", "Christmas is Coming", "Charlie Brown Theme", "Linus and Lucy", "Happiness Theme", "Surfin' Snoopy" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Album: "Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus" (Original Jazz Classics OJC-437). Based on the music score of Black Orpheus (1959). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | See more »


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

I want to write standards, not just hits.


Although It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown (1976) was the last Peanuts special he scored before his death, all of the Peanuts specials, movies, and TV series that followed also have scores based on his Peanuts themes, particularly the famous composition "Linus and Lucy." See more »


The preeminent composer of music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip.


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