Charlie Brown -- that soft-spoken, perpetually trod-upon, and mysteriously bald child at the heart of the beloved Peanuts comic strips and cartoons -- does not conjure thoughts of bitter lawsuits. (The mischievous and urbane Snoopy is another matter.) Particularly not during the Christmas season, ... More >>
What is about the holidays that makes disgruntled musicians and their heirs so litigious? Only yesterday we reported that the children of S.F. jazzman Vince Guaraldi are suing Concord Music Group (which merged with Berkeley's Fantasy Records in 2004) for more than $2 million in unpaid royalty's from ... More >>
Given the time of year, you've probably seen -- and heard -- A Charlie Brown Christmas recently. The 1965 animated TV special's celebrated soundtrack was performed by noted San Francisco jazzman Vince Guaraldi's trio, and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. But for the pianist and composer's c ... More >>
Who really played behind Vince Guaraldi on the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas?
Bongo king Armando Peraza
Verbal Prankster Mal Sharpe and his partner, Jim Coyle, bushwacked San Francisco in the early '60s, posing absurd man-in-the street questions to the unsuspecting. Taping the encounters, the dup invented a shtick that was part comedy, part performance art