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AALIYAH | Lucille Ball | Milton Berle | Les Brown | Karen Carpenter | Charles Chaplin's Son (Little Mouse) and Buckwheat | James Dean | The Del Rubio Triplets Minus Two | Morton Downey Jr | Roy Rogers and Dale Evans | Richard Farnsworth | John Gotti | Vince Guaraldi | Harry Houdini | Meyer Lansky | Liberace | Julie London | Raymond Massey | Marilyn Monroe | Jim Morrison | Carroll O'Connor and his son Hugh | Papa John Phillips | Elvis Presley | Mario Puzo | Claude Rains | Joey Ramone | The Rat Pack: Frank, Dean, Peter, and Sammy | STUDIO 54 owner Steve Rubell: Pasha of Disco | Gene Siskel | Ann Sothern | Andy Warhol
July 17, 1928 - February 6, 1976
I remember Vince Guaraldi for his musical contributions to the "Peanuts" television specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" and "Great Pumpkin Halloween Special." These specials shot Guaraldi into great fame and he became directly associated with all the Peanuts shows. So another words one could say "he worked for Peanuts." (sorry)
Prior to Peanuts achieved overnight success on a Sunday evening in 1958's first annual Monterey Jazz Festival. He took the stage at 1:00 am and with his unique piano technique, he had the crowd screaming for more as they gave hime a standing ovation. From that point on people wanted to know where they could hear him or buy his records.
Vinces's music had been important all his life and began performing while at college. He played weddings, high school concerts and countless other small gigs. His first serious booking came at the Black Hawk when he worked as an intermission pianist, filling in for the legendary Art Tatum.
He was fortunate to have a successful recording career that lasted for many years. Not only that, he toured and performed at many nightclubs. On February 6, 1976, while waiting in a motel room between sets at Menlo Park's Butterfield's nightclub, Guraraldi died of a sudden heart attack. He was only 48.
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