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Fifty years. 350 million readers in 75 countries. 2;600 newspapers in 21 languages. Four feature films and over 60 beloved TV specials. One cast of characters: Peanuts™.Lovingly rendered by the late Charles Schulz; Peanuts is much more than a simple comic strip. Charlie Brown; Linus; Lucy and of course; Snoopy; have sneaked into our psyche and become international symbols of purity and happiness. Schulz created the characters; but it was the music of Vince Guaraldi that gave them life.Pre-Peanuts; Bay Area pianist and composer Guaraldi was best known for penning the standard “Cast Your Fate to the Wind;” but his own fate would soon change; when producer Lee Mendelson solicited him to score a documentary on Schulz; and subsequent television specials; Guaraldi's music became inextricably linked with Peanuts. Through the swinging beats of “Linus & Lucy” on the soundtrack to A Boy Named Charlie Brown; and the festive refrains on the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas; he and his trio introduced millions of people to jazz in the mid-'60s – and far beyond.Now; for the first time available with easy piano arrangements; this coffee-table quality songbook is a celebration of the art of Charles Schulz and the music of Vince Guaraldi. Within its stunning full-color; high-gloss pages are: an introduction by veteran music journalist Hank Bordowitz; which provides background on how the Schulz/Mendelson/Guaraldi collaboration came to be; and reflections from fellow musicians influenced by Guaraldi's music; and piano solo arrangements of 30 terrific tunes; each featuring a Peanuts illustration by Schulz. The songs include: Baseball Theme • Blue Charlie Brown • The Christmas Song • Christmas Time Is Here • Frieda (With the Naturally Curly Hair) • Great Pumpkin Waltz • Happiness Theme • He's Your Dog; Charlie Brown • Linus and Lucy • Oh; Good Grief • The Pebble Beach Theme • Peppermint Patty • Red Baron • Schroeder • Skating • You're in Love; Charlie Brown • and more.This book will be an absolute treasure for any Peanuts or jazz fan!