General Question

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Was the Charlie Brown themesong written for the movies, or did they just find it somewhere and use it?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5624points) December 13th, 2009

The song just came on the radio (I love the fact that they’re using it as a real song, and not just a themesong!) and I was curious.

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

14 Answers

dpworkin's avatar

It was written by Dave Brubeck for the TV program.

Jude's avatar

Wasn’t it done by Vince Guaraldi?

Oops, I’m just thinking about the music from the Charlie Brown Christmas special

dpworkin's avatar

Ooops, bingo! How did Brubeck get in my head?

jaytkay's avatar

I found this story on the radio a couple of weeks ago:

“Filmmaker Lee Mendelson was looking to make a documentary about Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. One day, Mendelson was traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and heard Guaraldi’s minor hit “Cast Your Fate To The Wind [on the radio].”

“Well, as jazz hits go, it was a smash,” Ramsey says. “But in the overall pop scene, it made its mark.”

So Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, a jazz critic in San Francisco, who put him in touch with Guaraldi. It was the beginning of a long partnership that resulted in commissions for many animated Peanuts specials.

jaytkay's avatar

@pdworkin‘s Ooops, bingo! How did Brubeck get in my head?

Because Peanuts’ music is spare and Brubeck-esque (sax+piano+drums).

dpworkin's avatar

Thanks, it’s kind of you to give me an excuse.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I’m wondering if it wasn’t the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s version of “Greensleeves” you heard, @ChocolateReigns. That’s a traditional English tune that many musicians have done versions of.

jaytkay's avatar

@pdworkin Thanks, it’s kind of you to give me an excuse.

De nada

proXXi's avatar

The Charlie Brown Christmas Special: The only one with class

janbb's avatar

@jaytkay It was that story on NPR and the playing of Guaraldi’s piece that sparked my recent interest in learning more about jazz.

Factotum's avatar

The theme song most people associate with Peanuts specials is titled ‘Linus and Lucy’ by Guaraldi and I believe he wrote it for the show.

MacBean's avatar

@pdworkin: ”How did Brubeck get in my head?

It’s because he’s awesome, too. And you’re “old.” <3

janbb's avatar

@pdworkin Maybe you need to “take 5.”

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther