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Vince Guaraldi (Composer)

Born: 17th July 1928, San Francisco, California, United States

Died: 6th February 1976, Menlo Park, California, United States

Nationality: American

Vincent Anthony Guaraldi was an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated television adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip including their signature melody "Linus and Lucy" and the holiday standard "Christmas Time Is Here". He is also known for his performances on piano as a member of Cal Tjader's 1950s ensembles and for his own solo career. His 1962 composition "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" became a radio hit and won a Grammy Award in 1963 for Best Original Jazz Composition. Guaraldi died of a sudden heart attack in February 1976 at age 47 moments after concluding a nightclub performance in Menlo Park, California.

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