Let's admit it: Most Christmas music stinks. Subjected to the same cloying songs about sleigh rides and snowmen, otherwise upstanding citizens seek comfort from well-fortified eggnog. But 50 years ago, composer Vince Guaraldi created a different sort of Christmas album. It's called "A Charlie Brown Christmas." It was the soundtrack to a television special of the same name. Many of its songs have become jazz standards. And half a century later, even humbugs seem to enjoy it.
Hear from some of the folks who were around when this iconic album was created: Jeane Schulz, the cartoonist's widow; Jerry Granelli, the drummer; and Lee Mendelsohn, the producer.
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