Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday morning toons: “Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.”

I've long maintained that one of the greatest moments in American pop culture was the day in 1965 that Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez -- the executive producer and producer, respectively, of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” -- picked up the phone and invited jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi to contribute the musical score. The result was pretty much immortal.

This is from George Winston's tribute album to Gauraldi. Most people, when they hear it, yell “Snoopy!” but the title is actually “Linus & Lucy.”

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