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Often music speaks louder about emotions than simple spoken words as this heart felt and jazzy performance of the tune Linus & Lucy by composer, arranger and musician David Benoit attests. It's a perfect way to open my next post celebrating the 50th anniversary airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas coming up next month.
This is my third interview with people who knew him and who's lives were deeply touched by the late great Charles Schulz. It follows MBE posts based on interviews with Mr. Schulz's daughter Jill Schulz and actress Sally Dryer who, as a child, voiced Violet in the iconic Charlie Brown TV special that first aired in 1965.
David Benoit launched his recording career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer in 1977. To date, he's made 25 solo recordings, including several that were nominated for GRAMMY awards. Since 2000 (the year Charles Schulz passed away) he has produced several commemorative Charlie Brown related projects including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas. These reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir.
Here's a bit about what David Benoit had to say during our phone conference call...
|Young David at the piano, Photo from David Benoit|
|Schroeder at the piano, Image from Peanuts Worldwide|
|Image from Peanuts Worldwide|
About A Charlie Brown Christmas
Since 1964 A Charlie Brown Christmas has touched the lives of millions of fans around the
globe. In 2014, Peanuts Worldwide kicks off a year-long celebration of 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas. December 2014 marks the 50th time the beloved special airs on television on ABC. In December 2015 it will be the 50th year since it was created, produced and debuted.
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