A Charlie Brown Christmas (soundtrack)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 studio album by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi (later credited to the Vince Guaraldi Trio).wikipedia
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A Charlie Brown Christmas

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It is the soundtrack to the Christmas television special of the same name.
Its jazz soundtrack also achieved commercial success, selling four million copies in the US.

List of best-selling Christmas albums in the United States

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In November 2014, it was the tenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era.

Vince Guaraldi

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 studio album by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi (later credited to the Vince Guaraldi Trio).

Fantasy Records

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The album was released in December 1965 in the U.S. by Fantasy.
This association began with Guaraldi's album, Jazz Impressions of "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", which contained music he created for an unsold television documentary of the same name, but truly became most famous with the hailed soundtrack of the classic Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the album of which itself has become a perennial Christmas best-seller.

Jerry Granelli

Bassist Fred Marshall and drummer Jerry Granelli have been credited as performing on the album.
In the 1960s he recorded and toured with the Vince Guaraldi trio, appearing on Vince Guaraldi, Bola Sete and Friends and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

National Recording Registry

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It was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and added to the National Recording Registry of the Library Congress

Christmas Time Is Here

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Because the song became a hit, two versions were included on the album A Charlie Brown Christmas: an instrumental version by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and a vocal version by choristers from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California.

O Tannenbaum

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Guaraldi composed most of the music, though he included versions of traditional carols such as "O Tannenbaum".

Monty Budwig

The first instrumentals for the special were recorded by Guaraldi at Glendale, California's Whitney Studio with bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey.

Linus and Lucy

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Named for the fictional siblings Linus and Lucy van Pelt, it was originally released on the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964) and the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (1965).

Colin Bailey (drummer)

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The first instrumentals for the special were recorded by Guaraldi at Glendale, California's Whitney Studio with bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey.

The Christmas Song

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Lee Mendelson

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Guaraldi was contacted by television producer Lee Mendelson to compose music for a documentary on the comic strip Peanuts and its creator, Charles M. Schulz. Television producer Lee Mendelson acknowledged the strip's cultural impression and produced a documentary on the subject, titled A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Peanuts

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Guaraldi was contacted by television producer Lee Mendelson to compose music for a documentary on the comic strip Peanuts and its creator, Charles M. Schulz.

Charles M. Schulz

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Guaraldi was contacted by television producer Lee Mendelson to compose music for a documentary on the comic strip Peanuts and its creator, Charles M. Schulz.

Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola commissioned a Christmas special based on Peanuts in 1965 and Guaraldi returned to score the special.

Grammy Hall of Fame

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It was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and added to the National Recording Registry of the Library Congress

Recording Industry Association of America

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On August 19, 2016, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album quadruple platinum for sales of four million copies.

Nielsen SoundScan

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In November 2014, it was the tenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963 film)

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Television producer Lee Mendelson acknowledged the strip's cultural impression and produced a documentary on the subject, titled A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Glendale, California

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The first instrumentals for the special were recorded by Guaraldi at Glendale, California's Whitney Studio with bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Colin Bailey.

Billboard (magazine)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas first appeared on a Billboard magazine music sales chart on the week of December 19, 1987, when it debuted and peaked at No.

Top Pop Catalog Albums

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The album also charted on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart during the Christmas/holiday season every year from 1991 through 2003, peaking as high as No.

AllMusic

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Allmusic reviewer Shawn M. Haney called it "joyous and festive meditation for the holiday season" writing, "Guaraldi strings together elegant, enticing arrangements that reflect the spirit and mood of Schulz's work."