Many people think of jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi’s most iconic tune as “The Charlie Brown Song,” but its title is “Linus and Lucy.” Instantly recognizable, the bouncy instrumental was written in 1963 by Guaraldi for a documentary called A Boy Named Charlie Brown. According to Songfacts, the film about “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz never aired on television. Fortunately, the song was included on the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965.
Although it’s not specifically a Christmas song, “Linus and Lucy” became a holiday radio favorite because it features so prominently in the “Peanuts” television special. You may also recall the song being used as background music on The Weather Channel’s local forecasts for many years.
The video below is a famous scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Naturally, Schroeder takes the lead on the piano, while Pig Pen plucks the bass, and Snoopy strums a guitar. The rest of the gang can’t help but dance along to the happy song named for the Van Pelt siblings.