Vince Guaraldi Trio

Linus and Lucy

Composed by Vince Guaraldi

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If there is one song from Vince Guaraldi's extensive work on The Peanuts television specials, it's "Linus & Lucy," one of the musical centerpieces of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Using a funky, slightly Latin base for the main melody (along with some surprising, Floyd Cramer-styled country triplets), Guaraldi takes the song in several different directions, creating what can only be called a mini-suite. The samba section moves along with a sexy strut, while a bossa nova/blues movement moves like a wild dancer amidst the solid, dark rhythm section. The song always goes back to the main piano melody, with Guaraldi capping it off with a classical-inspired coda at the very end. Instantly identifiable, wholly entertaining and engaging, it's one of the great jazz instrumentals of the mid-'60s that found its way into the mainstream market via television. Available on the exquisite soundtrack Christmas album -- where it really should be heard -- it's also on Fantasy's Guaraldi collection, Greatest Hits.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 Concord / Fantasy 3:05
Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits 1998 Fantasy 3:07
Pure Jazz Encore! 2002
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:04
LateNightTales 2007 Thrive Records 2:15
Jazz Six Pack 2009 Original Jazz Classics 3:03
The Definitive Vince Guaraldi 2009 Fantasy
Peanuts Greatest Hits 2015 Fantasy 3:06
100 Jazz
Various Artists
Universal 3:04
Christmas Favorites [Concord]
Various Artists
Concord / Decca 3:05
Christmas Time Is Here [Allegro]
Various Artists
Allegro / Sony Music / Universal 3:04
The Number 1 Jazz Christmas Album
Various Artists