Vince Guaraldi


Vincent Anthony "Vince" Guaraldi was an Italian-American jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California. He was the nephew of musician, singer, and whistler Muzzy Marcellino. Vince graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on July 17, 1928.


1953 24 Years Old Guaraldi's first recording was made in November 1953 with Cal Tjader and was released early in 1954. … Read More
1955 26 Years Old By 1955, Guaraldi had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly.
1956 27 Years Old He then reunited with Tjader in June 1956 and was an integral part of two bands that the vibraphonist assembled. … Read More
1958 29 Years Old Guaraldi made a big splash with his performance with Tjader at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.


1959 30 Years Old Guaraldi left the group early in 1959 to pursue his own projects full-time.
1962 33 Years Old He probably would have remained a well-respected but minor jazz figure had he not written an original number to fill out his covers of Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luis Bonfá tunes on his 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, inspired by the French/Brazilian film Black Orpheus, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. … Read More
1963 34 Years Old While "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Guaraldi achieved modest chart success as a single in 1963, a cover version two years later by British group Sounds Orchestral cracked the Billboard top 10 (in the spring of 1965). … Read More
1965 36 Years Old Utilizing his Latin influences from his bossa nova days with Bola Sete, Guaraldi composed a number of pieces with waltz tempos and jazz standards and later recorded this performance in 1965. … Read More


1969 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In the early days of the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco, Vince had become friends with members of the Grateful Dead, and supposedly sat in with them on occasion. He appears in the crowd shot taken by Tom Weir on the back of the Dead's 1969 Aoxomoxoa. … Read More
1976 48 Years Old Guaraldi died at age 47 on February 6, 1976. … Read More
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