Why is the ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ soundtrack still so loved?
Every holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas airs. No matter how many times you’ve watched it, it is still a joy. The music featured throughout sets a calming holiday tone, no matter how stressed out Charlie gets. NPR shares the details of this beloved soundtrack.
The Mendelson family would love to find the envelope where their father, Lee, scribbled some lyrics to jazz musician Vince Guaraldi’s composition “Christmas Time is Here” for an animated TV special featuring the “Peanuts” gang in 1965.
The producer always said it had taken less than half an hour to write, and he likely tossed the scrap of paper away. He was in a rush. Everything was rushed. No one even knew, once the special aired, whether it would ever be seen again.
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