Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio
Composed by Vince Guaraldi
Released in 1964, certified gold by RIAA in 2019
Well, here I am leading off the 10th and final round of the song draft. The pressure is on. What should be my final draft pick? A huge, bombastic rock anthem? A meaningful ballad? Or better yet, how about a song that nearly all generations alive today will instantly recognize and smile upon hearing? That’s what I’ve decided to go with for my pick #10. The well-known theme to The Peanuts cartoon specials. I’ve been surprised and pleased at the number of instrumentals in the draft, and here I’ve just added yet another.
Nearly everyone who has watched The Peanuts holiday specials, beginning in 1965 with ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, will recognize this song. The song’s official name is ‘Linus and Lucy’. The composer is Vince Guaraldi, and the performers are the Vince Guaraldi Trio. There are several versions of the song, from the various Peanuts specials in which it was used.
Back in the 1990s, our local TV station played this as the background music on snow days, as they scrolled school closures across the screen. I thought it was the perfect music for snow day announcements.
Wikipedia has an entry telling the story of the song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_and_Lucy
The Songfacts.com site also has an entry on the song, with much the same information as at Wikipedia.
Well, that’s my 10 draft picks. It’s been loads of fun to pick songs, write about them, see the reaction of others, and to see and hear the songs picked by the other draft participants. Thanks Hanspostcard for hosting the draft.