A Charlie Brown Christmas and San Francisco
While traveling across the Golden Gate Bridge in a taxicab, producer Lee Mendelson, who had been searching for music to accompany an upcoming Peanuts Christmas television special, heard a song on the radio by the San Francisco-based Vince Guaraldi Trio. Mendelson reached out to Ralph Gleason, the jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and was put in touch with Guaraldi. Mendelson proposed that Guaraldi score the music for the Peanuts program and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job. Vince Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
Vince Guaraldi – jazz musician and composer - born in San Francisco’s North Beach in 1928; died in Menlo Park in 1976
Charles M. Schulz – creator of the Peanuts – while not a Bay Area native, lived for over 30 years in Santa Rosa, where you can visit a museum in his name schulzmuseum.org/
A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired on CBS in December 1965