How Vince Guaraldi Made Charlie Brown Cool

Jan 03, 2020 279

BY: Derrick Bang

In early 1964, a short piece in the San Francisco Chronicle mentioned that local jazz composer and pianist Vince Guaraldi would write the music for a TV film about Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip: a documentary to be titled A Man Called Charlie Brown.

The April 1964 issue of San Francisco magazine gave additional details. The planned 60-minute TV special, now re-titled A Boy Named Charlie Brown, would be written, directed and produced by Lee Mendelson, who had received critical acclaim the previous year for the October broadcast of his new production company’s debut TV special: a valentine to baseball great Willie Mays, dubbed A Man Named Mays.

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