Peanuts Portraits marks the 60th anniversary of cartoonist Charles Schulz’s enduring characters
By the 1960s, cartoonist Charles Schulz’s Peanuts – featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Schroeder and other alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking characters – had become a popular fixture in newspaper comics for more than a decade. But when pianist Vince Guaraldi began composing and recording music for various Peanuts television specials in the mid-1960s, the characters suddenly gained an entirely new dimension of humanity and emotional resonance that endures to this day.
The TV specials kept coming, and with them came more music from Guaraldi, each piece capturing the infectious personality of a specific character within the strip. By the ’70s, Guaraldi’s compositions for Peanuts – originally released on Fantasy – had become the universally recognized musical backdrop to the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic characters who made up Schulz’s universe. Continue reading